It's not that Nancy Pelosi doesn't like the Senate health-care bill (at this point, she'd probably take anything that walks that could reasonably be classified as health-care reform).
Washington government and media types like to joke about the D.C. bubble and echo chamber, the phenomenon of things happening in Washington only really mattering in Washington.
With fresh numbers today, CBS released a poll on the popularity of Sarah Palin, one of the most bemusing figures of the past year. Since Palin's failed bid for vice president on John McCain's ticket, the question has been whether Palin wants to reach higher, perhaps with presidential ambitions.
You might notice on the dateline above that it's Jan. 14, almost halfway through the month that usually serves as bookends to presidential years. Usually around this time, members of Congress return groggily from the holiday recess and then settle into their seats for the president's State of the Union address at the end of the month.
The melee continues at NBC, where late-night hosts continue to slam each other and the network as executives try to rearrange the late-night line-up. No one's happy, least of all being Conan O'Brien, who was asked last week to bump his Tonight Show to midnight to accommodate a half-hour program hosted by Leno at 11:35.
Six of one, a half dozen of the other might be the best way to sum up the president's latest shift in popularity. For the first time in his administration, those who see Obama's first year as a success versus failure are split evenly at 45 to 45 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released today."It's a passing grade, not exactly the marks his mother would want to put on the refrigerator, but still a passing grade," said Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac University's Polling...
Barack Obama might be president, but he's also the nation's top dad, underscored by the latest episode to unfold on the island of Oahu, where the first family is vacationing this week.
Earlier today, President Obama sat down with NewsHour's Jim Lehrer to talk policy. Lehrer pressed Obama for his thoughts on the Senate health bill awaiting passage tomorrow and on the Afghanistan troop surge the president ordered last month.
After another early-morning vote today, the Senate edged closer to passing it's hard-fought health-care package. At this point, calculus doesn't matter anymore.
It's fairly ironic that while the city of Washington has screeched to a halt under a mountain of snow, the usual glacial-paced Senate has kicked into high gear.
Late in the afternoon on Friday, with the clock ticking down to zero, a rather dramatic scene unfolded that surprised even several top leaders at the climate negotiations in Copenhagen.
While most Americans slept, President Obama spoke to delegates Friday morning in Copenhagen on the final day of the U.N. climate conference. We reported yesterday that Obama's speech would matter, not just because of the symbolism of the U.S. head of state addressing the world but also because until now U.S. negotiators have been unable to reach an agreement with other countries that have demanded larger steps on emissions cuts and mitigation funding.Obama's address was brief, an eight-minute...
After Joe Lieberman laid down on the train track and actually made the train stop this week, several of other Democratic senators have taken license to threaten to withhold their vote if Harry Reid doesn't give them what they want.
One of the greatest things about being president is the ability to paint broad strokes. The man in charge can usually get by with expounding large themes like "vision" or "hope" or the "challenge of humanity." Less visible executive staffers are the ones who sort out particulars of a new policy or diplomatic agreement after the motorcade departs.But that won't cut it for President Obama when he speaks to delegates Friday at the U.N.-sponsored climate conference in Copenhagen.
A handful of Republicans are finalizing plans to arrive in Copenhagen at the beginning of next week when the talks take on a level of seriousness in their final stretch.