Katie Connolly

Obama's Offshore Drilling Strategy

What's behind Obama's decision to open U.S. waters to oil drilling—an about-face that's enraging environmentalists? In part, it's a concession to get conservative members of Congress to sign on to a climate-change bill, which would create a cap-and-trade system to limit carbon emissions.

Tea Partiers: They're Just Like Us!

Gallup released it's latest research into the demographics of tea-party supporters this morning, and some of the results are a little surprising. For all the talk of tea partiers being older and whiter than the rest of the country, Gallup's findings show that the demographics of tea-party supporters largely align with the rest of the country on several socioeconomic categories.

Gordon Brown's Tough New Strategy Had Me April-Fooled (Almost)

When it comes to pranks, Brits are usually pretty good sports. Their newspapers are no exception, and for April Fools', they had some fun fibs. For starters, there's the Daily Express's story about the queen catching a cut-price flight on the budget British airline EasyJet. (Complete with a quite convincing photo of the queen boarding, while waving in her signature fashion.)But the story that almost had me was this one from The Guardian.

Biden's Gaffe Becomes a Money Spinner

I have a story out today about the political left's gradual but warm embrace of Vice President Joe Biden. Upon his selection, liberals were pleased enough with Biden, but their attention was steadfastly trained on the top of the ticket.

The Strategy Behind Obama's Drilling Announcement

Obama's offshore-drilling announcement this morning has left many environmentalists with their knickers in a knot. For them it's a betrayal by an administration from whom they'd expected more.

New Poll Has Good News for Democrats

When it comes to midterm elections, voter enthusiasm is everything. Relative to presidential years, midterm turnout is depressed. Without the hype of a presidential battle, the only people you can really rely on to hit the polls are the party faithful; those folks who'll turn out rain or shine.

Senate Republican Tactics Make Them Look Like Losers

This afternoon the Senate passed the package of reconciliation fixes that was supposed to complete this round of health-care reform. Three Democrats defected: Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), and Ben Nelson (Neb.).

What Happens After Health-Care Reform?

Health-care reform finally passed, allowing Washington to move on to other issues, of which it has plenty. We give you the rundown on where they are going.

Obama Signs Health-Care Bill, Changes the Story of His Presidency

It's official. President Obama's health-care-reform bill is the law of this land. The signing was almost as arduous as the lawmaking: with Joe Biden, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi at his side, Obama used 20 different pens to sign the 11 letters of his name on the historic bill.

The Politics of Repealing Health-Care Reform

Last night, many Republicans privately think they were handed a gift: a bloody piece of prime rib to stoke unrest in their base. Between now and November, conservatives will grouse shrilly about the coming evil of reform.

Tea-Party Protests: Loud, Mad, and Dangerous (For Republicans)

I've just returned from the lawn outside the U.S. Capitol where so-called tea partiers are protesting health-care reform with chants such as "Kill the bill" and "We'll remember in November." It's hard to describe the gathering as anything other than a prototypical angry mob.

CBO Score on Health Reform Is Out. Game On.

The Congressional Budget Office has long been a pivotal, though indirect, player in congressional politics, but it's hard to think of a time when a bill has hinged so precariously on its findings.

Obama on Fox: The Interrupt-a-thon

Since becoming president, Obama has done his fair share of interviews with the big TV news anchors, including sit-downs with Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, and Katie Couric.

Nuns Support Health-Care Reform, Defy Bishops

Hot on the heels of Kucinich's declaration of support for health-care reform, the Associated Press is reporting that Catholic nuns are urging Democratic lawmakers to support health-care reform.

Kucinich Will Vote Yes

Yesterday, I wrote that if there was ever a time for the most idealistic Democrats on the Hill to become pragmatists, it was now. I was referring in particular to Ohio's Dennis Kucinich, a former presidential candidate and steadfast progressive who arguably sits further to the left than any of his peers.

Hey, Congress: Nobody Likes You

NBC and The Wall Street Journal are out with a new poll this evening, but the WSJ has already given us a sneak peek. And guess what? Voters don't like anyone right now.

Will Dennis Kucinich Be Pelosi's 216th Vote?

Dennis Kucinich is one of the odder characters in contemporary politics. Arguably the most committed progressive on the national scene, he generally operates on the edges of Capitol Hill's drama (the left edge, if you want to be precise).

Health-Care Reform This Week: A Tour of the Sausage Factory

No matter how interesting you've found the health-care-reform debate over the last year, even if you've been endlessly fascinated by the intricacies of subsidies and actuarial values, brace yourself for a few days of procedural bamboozling.

Health Care Reform: Where It's At

After almost a year of discussions, speeches, grandstanding, and dissembling about health care from those who roam Pennsylvania Ave., you'd be forgiven for feeling like the debate would never end.

Ever Wanted to Know What Happened to Obama's Peace Prize Money?

Well, wonder no more. The White House today announced that, as expected, the president would donate his $1.4 million prize to charity. Here's the list: List of Charities$250,000 to Fisher House: Fisher House is a national nonprofit organization that provides housing for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. $200,000 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund: In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, President Obama asked former...

Funny Guy Jon Stewart Makes Deadly Serious Points

Last night, Jon Stewart proved again that not only is he the funniest guy on TV, but he can also be TV's most compelling interviewer. His guest was Marc Thiessen, the former Bush speechwriter who seems to now make a living trying to scare the living daylights out of people about terrorism.