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Senate, narrowly, manages to pass first budget in four years

Senate, narrowly, manages to pass first budget in four years

The Senate on Saturday narrowly passed its first federal budget in four years, a move that will usher in a relative lull in Washington’s fiscal wars until an anticipated summer showdown over raising the debt ceiling. The budget plan was passed by a 50-49 vote in the Democratic-controlled chamber. Four Democratic senators facing tough re-election […]

Let’s try a society of no political parties and no conflicting ideologies: Let’s try for a place called ‘America’

Let’s try a society of no political parties and no conflicting ideologies:  Let’s try for a place called ‘America’

What this country needs is a leader who owes his or her allegiance not to any political party or philosophical belief. What this country needs of a leader who owes his or her loyalty to America — and the Americans who live here and love the country. That’s all Americans — black, white, Hispanic, conservative, […]

A third of American counties are dying

A third of American counties are dying

A record number of U.S. counties — more than 1 in 3 — are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere. New 2012 census estimates released Thursday highlight the population shifts as the U.S. encounters its most sluggish […]

A sour end to 2012: Will 2013 be better?

A sour end to 2012: Will 2013 be better?

Many Americans seem to be in a sour mood as 2013 begins, after Hurricane Sandy ravaged parts of the East Coast, a gunman massacred 20 school children in Connecticut and a long, contentious election campaign was followed by failure to resolve the “fiscal cliff” issue by year-end. Americans have not been very optimistic since the […]

Politicians and their parties are not the answer

Politicians and their parties are not the answer

It’s no secret that we at Capitol Hill Blue hold politicians, political parties and partisans in low esteem. Actually, that’s an understatement.  We think politicians, political parties are scum of the earth and those who buy into their fantasies are delusional at best. America doesn’t need another politician at the helm. We don’t need a […]

Santorum announces a war on obscenity. Unfortunately, it’s the wrong one

Santorum announces a war on obscenity.  Unfortunately, it’s the wrong one

Right-wing GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum upped the ante Sunday on his pledge to launch a war on obscenity if elected to the nation’s top political job. No, not a war against the obscenity that is American politics and government but an all-out assault on pornography — the kind where people have sex in books, […]

Public opinion on health care law rises

Public opinion on health care law rises

As lawmakers shaken by the shooting of a colleague return to the health care debate, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds raw feelings over President Barack Obama’s overhaul have subsided. Ahead of a vote on repeal in the GOP-led House this week, strong opposition to the law stands at 30 percent, close to the lowest level […]

Tight security for judge’s funeral

Tight security for judge’s funeral

One day after mourning the death of a child, an Arizona city will remember the life of a judge. A funeral for U.S. District Judge John Roll is expected to draw many other federal judges, and security is tight. Three hours before services Friday, U.S. marshals and local law officers were at the church, where […]