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Tom DeLay gets three years in prison

Tom DeLay gets three years in prison

A judge ordered former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to serve three years in prison Monday for his role in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The […]

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 […]

Rep. Clyburn: Time to tone down the violent rhetoric

Rep. Clyburn: Time to tone down the violent rhetoric

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), a lawmaker who faced several threats during the heated health care debate, is calling on the country to ratchet down its heated political rhetoric and calling on lawmakers to speak out forcefully and condemn such comments. Noting that the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) — which, in total, left […]

Giffords a leading voce in immigration debate

Giffords a leading voce in immigration debate

Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was shot point blank in the head while meeting with constituents on Saturday, was expected to be a leading voice on immigration in the new Congress. Sworn in to a third term in Congress just this week, Giffords, 40, was one of the few Democrats in swing districts to […]

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 […]

Obama-GOP confab postponed until end of month

Obama-GOP confab postponed until end of month

A meeting planned on Thursday between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders following big Republican gains at the expense of Obama’s Democrats in the November 2 elections has been postponed until November 30. Obama’s spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said the meeting was put off at the request of Republican leaders in the Senate and the House […]

Voters don’t expect much from a GOP Congress

Voters don’t expect much from a GOP Congress

The voters who turned control of the House of Representatives to Republicans say they don’t expect much from a GOP Congress. Two polls say voters show little excitement about a Republican-led Congress. In a Pew Research Center poll, only 48 percent express any happiness or excitement about Republican leadership — a sharp contrast to the […]

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 […]

Split Congress could mean more gridlock on Capitol Hill

Split Congress could mean more gridlock on Capitol Hill

Republicans grabbed the steering wheel of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, but weren’t expected to get out of the driveway when it comes to restraining Wall Street reforms and fixing housing finance. A political standoff lies ahead for two years on key banking and housing issues as election returns showed Democrats losing control […]