| Jan 10, 2013
It's official. President Barack Obama has named former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., as his nominee for secretary of defense. Hence, we may be in store for the worst defense secretary nomination fight since George H.W. Bush's failed appointment of Sen. John...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 11:05 AM
– Donald Trump, the ultra-opinionated real estate mogul and reality TV host, was dismissive of failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney's efforts and wants his fellow Republicans to implore their leaders to take a much harder line with President...
| Jan 15, 2013
Who are these guys?
Barack Obama and his agents are looking more and more like Mitt Romney and the Republicans that Team Obama maligned to win the presidential election.
I'm not just talking about last week's gone-viral Oval Office photo of senior...
| Jan 7, 2013
WASHINGTON — The rout was complete, the retreat disorderly. President Barack Obama got his tax hikes — naked of spending cuts — passed by the ostensibly Republican House of Representatives. After which, you might expect him to pivot to...
| May 6, 2013
— Fate is fickle, power cyclical, and nothing is new under the sun. Especially in Washington, where after every election the losing party is sagely instructed to confess sin, rend garments and rethink its principles lest it go the way of the Whigs....
| Apr 15, 2013
— Well, at least we're starting to get the procedure right. Washington has rediscovered the beauty of the boring. It's called "regular order," using the normal, routine, constitutional process to arrive at, for example, a budget.
| Dec 3, 2012
— Why are Republicans playing the Democrats' game that the "fiscal cliff" is all about taxation?
House Speaker John Boehner already made the preemptive concession of agreeing to raise revenues. But the insistence on doing so by eliminating...
| Mar 4, 2013
WASHINGTON — "The worst-case scenario for us," a leading anti-budget-cuts lobbyist told The Washington Post, "is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens."
Think about that. Worst case? That a government drowning in debt should cut back by...
| Dec 29, 2012
Her bags are packed. She's found an apartment on craigslist and the utilities just got hooked up. And Lois Frankel, a Floridian for four decades, has a new and toasty winter coat, hat and boots.
On Tuesday, 20 years after she first hoped to move to...
| Feb 11, 2013
WASHINGTON — For the first time since Election Day, President Barack Obama is on the defensive. That's because on March 1, automatic spending cuts ("sequestration") go into effect — $1.2 trillion over 10 years, half from domestic...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 4:30 PM
The drumbeat for weeks has been that $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester would be so horrendous for the economy that lawmakers in Washington would be forced to compromise by the March 1 deadline.
When no deal was...