July 29, 2011 Friday's fuel economy announcement is just about the only thing happening in Washington this week (that we know of) that will make a positive difference for the country's future.
July 14, 2011 If a deal to boost the U.S. debt ceiling is reached between President Obama and congressional GOP leaders, more than likely it will require as many House Democrats' votes as possible to pass since any pact Obama would agree to is probably incapable of drawing much if any support from the House's Tea Party Republicans.So even they're in the minority, what the House's progressives think matters.
July 8, 2011 Word that just 18,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month and that the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent from 9.1 percent in May has opened the door for more questions from Republicans about President Obama's economic policies.
April 26, 2011 House Speaker John Boehner opened the door and President Obama has leaped through it. During a TV interview the speaker indicated he was open to reducing Big Oil's tax benefits and Obama essentially asked the speaker to put his political clout where his mouth is.
February 14, 2011 A president's budget should always be read first as a political document and no more so than when that president is running for re-election.So President Obama's goal was to practice the political version of the physician's Hippocratic Oath: First do no harm to your chances of winning a second term.
November 18, 2010 Obama said the federal help to GM saved more than a million jobs and proved the naysayers wrong. He boasted of the rightness of his administration's decision on the same day GM went public again.
November 9, 2010 Bush acknowledged that he ditched his free-market ideology when he had to save the economy by using taxpayer money. But the ex-president wouldn't go so far as to blame the crisis on light regulation during his presidency.
November 2, 2010 What are we going to call this historic loss by the Democrats? The 2006 GOP loss was "the thumpin' " which became the title of a book about how Rahm Emanuel led Democrats to their now lost majority.
October 20, 2010 Ex-President Bush called it an easy decision to approve bank bailouts to prevent a collapse.
October 5, 2010 Ex-President George W. Bush wanted more Latinos in the GOP. A new Pew poll shows that dream has not only been dashed but is moving in the wrong direction. A smaller percentage of Latinos than before say the Republican Party is concerned about them.
March 26, 2010 Republicans occassionally like to irritate Democrats by calling them members of the Democrat Party when the official name is the Democratic Party. NPR's policy is to call a party what it calls itself. But the policy isn't always followed by NPR st...