Lamar Alexander

Health care a dividing issue in 2014 races

Health care a dividing issue in 2014 races

Republicans see the 2014 midterm elections as a chance to capitalize on voter frustration with the problem-plagued health care overhaul, but the GOP first must settle a slate of Senate primaries where conservatives are arguing over the best way to oppose President Barack Obama’s signature law. In intraparty skirmishes from Georgia to Nebraska, the GOP’s […]

Can Kathleen Sebelius save her job and/or Obamacare?

Can Kathleen Sebelius save her job and/or Obamacare?

Eager to cast blame, lawmakers are preparing to grill President Barack Obama’s top health official over problems with the rollout of the government’s health care website. A growing number of Republicans in Congress are calling for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to step down or be fired because of problems consumers are having […]

Time running our as Congress lacks a solution on student loans

Time running our as Congress lacks a solution on student loans

The clock is ticking loudly as Congress looks for a deal to bring back low interest rates on student loans. Lawmakers and their aides are continuing talks about how they can restore 3.4 percent interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans and retroactively undo the doubling of those rates. Some suggested Wednesday that compromise was […]

Senate to try once again to pass new student loan bill

Senate to try once again to pass new student loan bill

Senate Democrats are trying to restore lower interest rates on student loans, a week after Congress’ inaction caused those rates to double. A procedural vote is scheduled for Wednesday on a Senate measure that would return rates on subsidized Stafford loans to 3.4 percent for one year. An earlier attempt in the Senate to keep […]

America’s toxic political climate

America’s toxic political climate

Recriminations and soul-searching began over whether an inflamed political climate influenced a gunman to shoot a US congresswoman and 19 other people in Arizona. From the left and the right, politicians and commentators seized on the attempted assassination of Representative Gabrielle Giffords Saturday as either a reflection of the passions stirred up by rabble-rousing conservatives […]

Joe Miller: Sore loser to the bitter end

Joe Miller: Sore loser to the bitter end

Senate hopeful Joe Miller has dropped his bid to stop write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski from being certified the winner of Alaska’s November 2 election but will challenge the results in federal court. Backed by the conservative Tea Party movement, Miller beat Murkowski in the Republican primary last summer but was edged out in the general […]

Smokescreen: Ban on pork is anything but

Smokescreen: Ban on pork is anything but

Despite their claims, the Republicans’ ban on earmarks won’t stop lawmakers from steering taxpayers’ dollars to pet projects. And it will have little if any effect on Washington’s far graver problem — the gigantic budget deficit. Saying Election Day victories gave them a mandate to curb spending, Republicans formally agreed last week to a two-year […]

Health care summit craps out

They came, they talked, they pontificated, they postured. In the end, they accomplished nothing. After seven-and-a-half hours of positioning, President Barack Obama, Republicans and Democrats failed to reach any agreement on health care reform and Obama now will do what he planned to do all along — push for a “my way or the highway […]