Joe Biden

‘Tis the political season to be silly

‘Tis the political season to be silly

Silly-season pollen seems to have infected the campaign trail. On the Democratic side, the excitable Vice President Joe Biden made the jaw-dropping claim that the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was unsurpassed in its audacity by anything that has happened since the 16th century — that’s right, for 500 years. Among Republicans, a punchy […]

Joe Biden predicts gay marriage will win acceptance

Joe Biden predicts gay marriage will win acceptance

Vice President Joe Biden is predicting that the evolution in thinking that will permit gays to soon serve openly in the military eventually will bring about a national consensus for same-sex marriage. Changes in attitudes by military leaders, those in the service and the public allowed the repeal by Congress of the “don’t ask, don’t […]

Did lame duck session breathe new life into a lackluster Congress?

Did lame duck session breathe new life into a lackluster Congress?

In the middle of a House debate, Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky handed the woman in charge of the rules a paper bag. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., peered inside, saw the bottle of Maker’s Mark bourbon and laughed. Indeed, a shot of something strong might help make sense of a prolific Congress that seemed […]

How did a lame duck Congress become the Energizer Bunny?

How did a lame duck Congress become the Energizer Bunny?

This is the story of a “lame duck” Congress that wasn’t. Shaken by a historic election in which angry voters canceled Democratic control of the House, lawmakers of both parties and President Barack Obama tried something new: They consulted each other. They cooperated. And finally, they compromised. From tax cuts to a nuclear arms treaty […]

Senate gives Obama victory on Start treaty

Senate gives Obama victory on Start treaty

The Senate on Wednesday ratified an arms control treaty with Russia that reins in the nuclear weapons that could plunge the world into doomsday, giving President Barack Obama a major foreign policy win in Congress’ waning hours. Thirteen Republicans broke with their top two leaders and joined 56 Democrats and two independents in providing the […]

Obama gets the votes he needs for new arms treaty

Obama gets the votes he needs for new arms treaty

President Barack Obama locked up enough Senate Republican votes Tuesday to ratify a new arms control treaty with Russia that would cap nuclear warheads for both former Cold War foes and restart on-site weapons inspections. Eleven Republicans joined Democrats in a 67-28 proxy vote to wind up the debate and hold a final tally on […]

And the house Democrats just keep on bitching

And the house Democrats just keep on bitching

The struggle over tax cuts is seriously straining President Barack Obama‘s relationship with House Democrats, who have backed him on key issues even when it cost them politically. Expressing hurt and bewilderment, Democratic lawmakers say Obama ignored them at crucial negotiating moments, misled them about his intentions and made needless concessions to Republicans. The president […]

Tax cut pill a bitter one for Democrats to swallow

Tax cut pill a bitter one for Democrats to swallow

The struggle over tax cuts is seriously straining President Barack Obama’s relationship with House Democrats, who have backed him on key issues even when it cost them politically. Expressing hurt and bewilderment, Democratic lawmakers say Obama ignored them at crucial negotiating moments, misled them about his intentions and made needless concessions to Republicans. The president […]

Partisanship or cooperation? Damn good question

Partisanship or cooperation? Damn good question

For an early idea of how the Democratic White House and emboldened House Republicans will get along next year, keep an eye on Vice President Joe Biden and California congressman Darrell Issa. Biden, the administration’s point man touting the economic stimulus, and Issa, the GOP‘s top House investigator who called White House claims of the […]

Democratic mistakes, Tea Party success turn McConnell into power player

Democratic mistakes, Tea Party success turn McConnell into power player

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has long been the butt of many Washington jokes, from the more than 200 cartoons that hang on his office wall to the fact that he was the first big-name establishent Republican to suffer defeat at the polls at the hands of the upstart Tea Party. After all, it was Rand […]

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