United States Congress

Eric Cantor, other Republicans: Major hypocrites when it comes to spending

Eric Cantor, other Republicans: Major hypocrites when it comes to spending

For a guy who insists that federal bureaucrats make too much money, incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor sure doesn’t mind handing out handsome government raises of his own. Cantor, the Virginia Republican who has led the GOP charge this year to freeze federal salaries, has boosted his congressional office’s payroll by 81 percent since […]

Obama’s tax bill turns into a Christmas tree

Obama’s tax bill turns into a Christmas tree

‘ Tis the season and President Barack Obama‘s controversial grab bag of tax cuts, unemployment benefits and other goodies is turning into a typical “Christmas tree” legislation that packs a log of gifts for lawmakers in exchange for help. But the question remains over whether even packing the bill with lard, and bringing in former […]

Doug Thompson: Memo to Republicans: Remember the real lessons of 1994

Doug Thompson: Memo to Republicans: Remember the real lessons of 1994

When Republicans captured control of Congress in the 1994 elections, they misunderstood the mood of angry voters who threw out Democrats to vent their anger at both the party of the jackass and President Bill Clinton. Instead of capitalizing on voter discontent, the pachyderm party used the election to run amuck with its extreme agenda […]

Rangel’s censure doesn’t take edge off his swagger

Rangel’s censure doesn’t take edge off his swagger

Charles Rangel has his swagger back, but not his power. The 40-year congressional veteran on Thursday became the 23rd House member in the nation’s history to be censured for misconduct. As the final chapter of a more than two-year ethics investigation played out, Rangel moved through several zones of emotion: contrition, anger, relief, defiance. The […]

Michele’s White House is no ‘Camelot’

Michele’s White House is no ‘Camelot’

She has glamorized kitchen gardening, spotlighted childhood obesity and invited thousands of students, many of them minorities, to official White House events. Expectations were high for a different kind of first lady, and in many ways Michelle Obama has lived up to them, maintaining the kind of high public profile that was widely anticipated when […]

Newbies get a crash course in being a Congressman

Newbies get a crash course in being a Congressman

Where to live? Whom to hire? What’s a voting card — and where are the bathrooms? More than 100 members of Congress arrive in Washington this coming week for the first time since winning election, trading the loftiness of campaign speeches for mundane lessons in how to do their new jobs. It’s freshman orientation on […]

Obama urges earmark reform; GOP says just get rid of them

Obama urges earmark reform; GOP says just get rid of them

Confronting the nation’s mounting deficit, President Barack Obama is urging Congress to limit spending on pet home-state projects, while Republicans are challenging him to support an outright ban. In his weekly radio and online address Saturday, Obama said that with the economy still struggling to recover from the recession, the U.S. cannot afford unnecessary spending […]

Democrats to Pelosi: Time to quit

Democrats to Pelosi: Time to quit

In a fresh sign of turmoil among defeated Democrats, a growing number of the rank and file say they won’t support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a politically symbolic roll call when the new Congress meets in January. “The reality is that she is politically toxic,” said Illinois Rep. Mike Quigley, one of several Democrats […]

Warning to the GOP: Don’t misread the message from this election

Those who make a living telling people like us why we did what we did on election day will say — over and over — that “the people have spoken.” Spoken? Nah. Shouted perhaps, screamed maybe. Hollered would be more like it. Voter anger washed over America like a tsunami Tuesday as pissed-off voters tossed […]

The rise and fall of Nancy Pelosi

The rise and fall of Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi became the first woman to lead the U.S. House of Representatives by taking on the most powerful man on Earth — then-President George W. Bush and his unpopular Iraq war. Now, four years later, the California Democrat is likely to lose the House speakership because of Congress‘ inability — and that of Bush’s […]