| Mar 4, 2014
| 1:45 PM
WASHINGTON — As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid resumed his polemic against the Koch brothers Tuesday, Republicans were quick to respond, noting they are not the only ones with a generous billionaire in their corner.
The debate on the Senate...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Before sitting down to write this, I took a quick look at the garments hanging in my closet. My shirts, skirts, slacks and dresses were made in India, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and, of course, China. Mostly China. Only one item...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:21 AM
WASHINGTON – The GOP-led House approved a spending bill that would strip President Obama’s healthcare law of its funding, setting up a confrontation with the Democratically controlled Senate that risks causing the first shutdown of the...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 10:35 AM
WASHINGTON -- The nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to be the regulator for housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac failed a key procedural vote Thursday because of strong Republican opposition.
President Obama nominated Watt, a veteran Democrat...
| Dec 1, 2013
Senators have long considered any change to filibuster rules to be "the nuclear option." But the recent action by Democrats to limit the use of filibusters in blocking most presidential nominations didn't go nearly far enough.
Now is the time to get rid...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 2:10 PM
WASHINGTON -- Congress must raise the nation's debt limit by late February, a couple of weeks earlier than previously projected, because of an expected large outflow of cash for tax refunds next month, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said Wednesday....
| Oct 2, 2013
Last week, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his Republicans declared that they had two clear goals in this fall's battle over federal spending: no government shutdown, and no implementation of Obamacare.
As of Tuesday, the GOP had failed on...
| Feb 18, 2014
Of all the time-honored failings for which we criticize sitting presidents — by "we" I mean pundits, academics and other members of the chattering phylum — two charges stand out: imperialism and shrinkage. Usually it's one or the other.
| Oct 9, 2013
| 2:35 PM
How low can Congress go?
Today’s answer: There’s not much lower they can go.
Polls out Wednesday painted a bleak picture of Americans’ views of their federal legislators. Really bleak.
In an Associated Press-GfK poll, Congress...
| Jan 26, 2014
The most important person in the U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations right now may be Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic leader from Searchlight, Nev.
Two weeks ago, President Obama's nuclear diplomacy was in trouble, but not because of anything Iran was...
| Dec 11, 2013
Here's what counts as success in Washington these days: a budget deal that almost everyone hates and that doesn't solve any of the country's major problems.
The spending bill that Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 11:04 AM
Events Thursday brought more evidence of why much of the 2014 campaign will feature candidates fleeing, figuratively or literally, from Washington.
In the Senate, supposedly the more collegial of the two houses of Congress, bitterness seethed beneath...