WASHINGTON — What occurred beneath the Capitol Dome on Wednesday afternoon was the U.S. Open of political gamesmanship, and freshman Republican Rep. Tom Reed of New York was the event’s Novak Djokovic.
WASHINGTON — Hollywood is reportedly at work on a remake of the 1991 film “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead.” This, however, is unnecessary, because a remake is already playing. It’s called the Republican presidential primary.
WASHINGTON — Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart is a political gladiator. He describes his liberal opponents not just as wrong but as “evil.” He claims that he not only disagrees with them but is “at war” with them. In his new book, his long list of adjectives for the left includes “anarchistic,” “hypocritical,” “clueless,” “cruel,” “sanctimonious” and “intolerant.”
WASHINGTON — The birthers have come back to life.
Donald Trump has soared to the top of the Republican presidential polls, thanks in part to the whimsical candidate’s claim that he has hired investigators to hunt down President Obama’s birth certificate in Hawaii. He’s tied for first place with Mike Huckabee, who has said Obama grew up in Kenya. The fading Sarah Palin, swallowing her earlier disavowal of the birther libel, is now asking questions about where the president was born.
WASHINGTON — Robert Gibbs’ relationship status with Facebook: It’s complicated.
It’s complicated because mere weeks ago Gibbs left his job as White House press secretary, saying his primary work over the next couple of years would be President Obama’s re-election. But then Facebook came calling — and with that friend request comes the potential for Gibbs to make millions by getting in before the hot company’s expected IPO next year.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who received a perfect 100 percent rating from the American Conservative Union last year, does not frequently find common cause with Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat who received a perfect zero. But the nation’s future may depend on an alliance between them.
WASHINGTON — After two years of being called a tyrant and a dictator, President Obama returns to Washington from a five-day overseas trip to find he has become a weakling.
Would-be opponents such as Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Sarah Palin had been trying out this somewhat contradictory line of attack for more than a month, as Obama gave mixed signals about events in Egypt and Libya. But the “weak leader” charge gained traction last weekend as Obama chose to launch the attack on Gaddafi’s forces while on an adventure in South America with family.
WASHINGTON — Here in Washington, the immigration debate is in stalemate. But in Kansas, there has been a breakthrough.
This striking achievement came about this week during a meeting of the state House Appropriations Committee on efforts in Kansas to shoot feral swine from helicopters. Republican state Rep. Virgil Peck suddenly had an idea. “Looks like to me if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works,” he commented, according to a recording posted by the Lawrence Journal-World, “maybe we have found a problem to our illegal immigration problem.”
WASHINGTON — On paper, Tim Pawlenty may be the most formidable Republican challenger to President Obama in 2012. Too bad he’s running as somebody else.
At this week’s first cattle call of the GOP presidential primary, hosted by the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor, masqueraded as a local guy on a first-name basis with the group’s president, Steve Scheffler. Except Pawlenty thrice called him “Chuck,” as in, “I want to thank Chuck,” and “Chuck spoke about it today.”
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is earning its reputation as the high court.
The robed ones have deliberated over cocaine at least half a dozen times in recent years, taking up the drug in some form in each of the past four years. On Monday, the justices took another hit.
For one thing, the law they were interpreting — the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine — was changed by Congress last year, making the argument largely inconsequential.
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