Thu, 06 Nov 2008 00:00:00 ESTContenders or pretenders, the list of potential candidates for President-elect Barack Obama's soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat stretches from Chicago to Springfield and back again.
Thu, 30 Oct 2008 00:00:00 EDTWhile Joe the Plumber is helping to get out the working-class vote for the GOP ticket in Ohio, another Joe is busy doing his part for John McCain -- Joe the Senator.
Thu, 23 Oct 2008 00:00:00 EDTSen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has returned to electoral politics with full force. The last step in her reengagement -- after her disappointing second-place finish to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in the presidential nomination sweepstakes -- was jump-starting her political action committee, Hill PAC.
Thu, 16 Oct 2008 00:00:00 EDTRep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) is really into Facebook. We're talking about a guy who turns 65 later this month, and he doesn't even call it "the" Facebook, the way a certain other person, in the very highest echelons of government, once famously referred to "the" Google.
Thu, 09 Oct 2008 00:00:00 EDTCongressional Democrats and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are back in that comfortable position they've long enjoyed -- mortal enemies.
Thu, 02 Oct 2008 00:00:00 EDTSens. Harry M. Reid and Mitch McConnell are well known as men of very few words who, given their druthers, will try to give a "yep" or "nope" answer to even the most complicated question.
Thu, 25 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EDTThis week, policy and politics combined with something that is sometimes just as important on Capitol Hill: the personal regard some lawmakers have for one another.
Thu, 18 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EDTAll summer long, House Republicans staged weekly news conferences outside the Capitol calling for more offshore oil drilling. And they were usually met by an assortment of environmental protesters chanting in unison, trying to drown out the GOP's pro-drilling voices. Some even wore polar bear costumes to protest Arctic drilling proposals.
Thu, 11 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EDTWell, that didn't take long: Sarah Palin is now a big-time topic in down-ballot races.
Thu, 04 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EDTHurricane Gustav knocked the wind out of Louisiana members of Congress this week -- or at least out of their district offices -- but help is on the way.
Thu, 28 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EDTDENVER Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), the highly paid but ill-fated former Redskins quarterback, may have redeemed himself a bit with Washington fans who wanted him permanently run out of town. Shuler, who flopped at RFK in 1994 and 1995 but returned to the District in 2007 as a congressman, hit a home run Tuesday at Coors Field, where the Colorado Rockies play.
Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EDTA few members of Congress will play important roles at the national party nominating conventions in Denver and the Twin Cities the next two weeks, serving as everything from official bosses of the convention floor to hosts of parties for key insiders.
Thu, 14 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EDTDetroit's embattled mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention, is holding out the possibility that he'll actually be able to go to Denver this month. In other words, the "hip-hop mayor" could get a new nickname: the Most Unwanted Man at the convention. (Besides maybe John Edwards.)
Thu, 07 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EDTAs his troops forsake their August recess this week to raise Cain over gas prices, their No. 1 campaign issue, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has been home tending to his golf game and his fundraising.
Thu, 31 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDTThe indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) this week has set off a game of musical chairs among Republicans to determine who ends up with his plum committee posts, which Stevens was forced to relinquish under Republican rules regarding senators facing felony indictment.
Thu, 24 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDTA simple moment of silence today on Capitol Hill will mark one of the most somber moments in recent congressional history -- and serve as another reminder of the fortress that Congress has become.
Thu, 17 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDTRep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) has the toughest job in Washington: manager of the lowly Democratic congressional baseball team.
Thu, 10 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDTThe famed House taco salad, which draws hungry patrons from both sides of the Capitol every Wednesday, may soon be available on the Senate side of the complex.
Thu, 03 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDTSen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is used to dealing with real men in black as he oversees the federal judiciary. But since childhood, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman also has been fanatic about the fictitious black-caped crusader who metes out his own brand of vigilante justice.
Thu, 26 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDTNothing, not even skyrocketing gas prices, seems to slow down Roberta McCain, the indefatigable 96-year-old mother of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and a notorious lead-foot behind the wheel. She's still speeding around like a NASCAR driver on the last lap.
Thu, 19 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDTDemocratic leaders worried about the impeachment obsession of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) ain't seen nothing yet.
Thu, 12 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDTWe may learn more about Rep. Laura Richardson's (D-Calif.) home foreclosure problems Monday, when House members' annual financial reports are scheduled to be released.
Thu, 05 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDTThe grueling Democratic presidential primary season may be over, but the pain is only intensifying for freshman Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), a supporter of Sen. Barack Obama whose gaffe last month comparing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to a crazed Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction" has become more of a horror show than he ever expected.
Thu, 29 May 2008 00:00:00 EDTOnce upon a time, Lilibet Hagel was a big supporter of John McCain. Back in the fall of 1999, the wife of Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) gave the Arizona Republican's 2000 presidential campaign $1,000, the maximum donation allowed at the time.
Thu, 22 May 2008 00:00:00 EDTAs if the spring hasn't been tough enough on House Republicans, there is also the issue of bills piling up from the investigations into the alleged embezzlement scheme at the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Thu, 15 May 2008 00:00:00 EDTTall, dark and handsome is one thing. But being a dead ringer for Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) is quite another.
Thu, 08 May 2008 00:00:00 EDTThe burning question on Capitol Hill this week: Is Vito finito?
Thu, 01 May 2008 00:00:00 EDTA pair of former senators recently decided that charity is the best way to get rid of some excess political cash -- albeit in somewhat unusual fashion.
Thu, 24 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTAdd this to the list of indignities Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has suffered since getting busted in an airport restroom last June: He now has to pay his legal dream team out of his own pocket.
Thu, 17 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTP ope Benedict XVI will achieve a rare double filibuster today, closing down both the Senate and the House as more than 100 members of Congress flock to the papal Mass scheduled for this morning at Nationals Park.
Thu, 10 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTThe ol' House-Senate rivalry will have a new measuring stick this year: book sales.
Thu, 03 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTHandling the estate of someone who dies without a will can be difficult for the survivors. Who gets the house? The car? The family heirlooms? When members of Congress pass away, there's an additional question: What happens to their campaign cash?
Thu, 27 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EDTFor those of you who doubt that story involving a Balkan airport, the one Hillary Rodham Clinton tells about darting across the tarmac to dodge sniper fire, take note: It really did happen.
Thu, 20 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EDTLast Thursday, the National Republican Congressional Committee accused its former treasurer, Christopher Ward, of diverting at least "several hundred thousand dollars" from its coffers into his personal accounts and of faking outside audits to help cover his tracks.
Thu, 13 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EDTEven though New York Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer (D) resigned in disgrace yesterday, House Republicans still have him to kick around.
Thu, 06 Mar 2008 00:00:00 ESTSen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is a man who stands accused of many things -- loving television cameras, the New York Giants and the sound of his own voice, for example -- but never in his storied career has he been called a fashion plate.
Thu, 28 Feb 2008 00:00:00 ESTIf the angst of a superdelegate were a portrait, it would look just like Debbie Dingell, the wife of Rep. John Dingell (D- Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Thu, 21 Feb 2008 00:00:00 ESTA man who knows the congressional ethics process like the back of his hand is demanding big-time reform.
Thu, 14 Feb 2008 00:00:00 ESTSo much for the tradition of the Senate, at least when it comes to the legendary decorum that includes a ban on senators or staff using electronic devices on the chamber floor.
Thu, 07 Feb 2008 00:00:00 ESTSen. Arlen Specter's one-senator war against the New England Patriots has a big problem: The three-time Super Bowl-winning team has its own Senate patron in Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy.
Thu, 31 Jan 2008 00:00:00 ESTThere's more to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama than meets the eye. Apparently, part of the reason the liberal lion from Massachusetts embraced Obama (Ill.) was a perceived slight at the Kennedy family's civil rights legacy by the other Democratic front-runner, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).
Thu, 24 Jan 2008 00:00:00 ESTLooks as though Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) kept his word to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in the one rare peaceful moment of the past month of their increasingly nasty primary campaign.
Thu, 17 Jan 2008 00:00:00 ESTWhile Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) brought the House back in session this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) is keeping legislative business at bay in his chamber while he eagerly tends to his state's first-ever January caucuses.
Thu, 10 Jan 2008 00:00:00 ESTSo much for the Judd Gregg endorsement primary.
Thu, 03 Jan 2008 00:00:00 ESTAs if the House page scandal involving former representative Mark Foley (R-Fla.) hadn't done enough damage to Republicans, now we discover that legal bills arising from it landed former speaker J. Dennis Hastert's campaign committee in hot water with the Federal Election Commission.
Thu, 27 Dec 2007 00:00:00 ESTThey weren't dreaming of a white Christmas last week in the Senate. No, as the legislative session came to a close, Senate leaders were dreaming of a green Christmas.
Thu, 20 Dec 2007 00:00:00 ESTLawmakers are people, too. They give, and they receive. And amid the marathon partisan (and intraparty) griping over everything from the farm bill to the mammoth $555 billion spending bill, many of them managed to squeeze in some holiday shopping before splitting town for the Christmas recess.
Thu, 13 Dec 2007 00:00:00 ESTAfter being grilled by the Senate intelligence committee for more than an hour Tuesday, CIA Director Michael Hayde n went to Vice President Cheney's annual holiday party, where he endured more interrogation for a full 20 minutes from the Fourth Estate.
Thu, 06 Dec 2007 00:00:00 ESTThe folks over at Quinn Gillespie and Associates have gone from being one of the merriest bipartisan firms in town to downright humbugish.
Thu, 29 Nov 2007 00:00:00 ESTMaybe there's hope for the Middle East, after all. If Bill Clinton and one of the men who helped impeach him can make peace, why not the Israelis and the Palestinians?