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More Postal Service red ink

8:26 pm Nov. 15, 2012

For more than a year, the Postal Service has been asking Congress, and asking Congress, and asking Congress to pass a reform law that would allow major internal changes in order to stem billions in losses. Congress has yet to act, and the red ink keeps flowing at record rates. …

A call to cut non-defense military spending

12:46 pm Nov. 15, 2012

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is out with a new report claiming that the Pentagon routinely spends billions each year on programs that have nothing to do with military readiness, arguing that at a time of budget troubles, there’s no reason not to cut out what isn’t needed. As I detailed …

Political grinding on the fiscal cliff

10:41 pm Nov. 14, 2012

Most lawmakers in the Congress and President Obama are all talking a good game right now about compromise on the fiscal cliff, but soon enough, they will be tested on just how far they will go to reach a tax and budget agreement. “I recognize that we’re going to have …

Democrats celebrate election victories

9:10 pm Nov. 13, 2012

As a smiling group of newly elected Democrats in the U.S. House gathered for a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, most of them were only going to play the part of a backdrop for top Democrats as they celebrated their gains in last week’s elections. That is, …

New members start Congressional orientation

1:35 am Nov. 13, 2012

Dozens of newly elected members of the 113th Congress – plus a few who might be elected, but whose races still aren’t fully settled – will take their first official step on Capitol Hill Tuesday, as official Congressional orientation meetings begin, with plenty of election suspense still left in the …

Congress starts lame duck session

8:58 pm Nov. 12, 2012

After watching voters leave the status quo in place in last week’s elections, the House and Senate return to work on Tuesday with a very full plate of legislative work ahead, but no clear road map on how to deal with a series of expiring tax laws and billions in …

President, Congress look for way forward

8:25 pm Nov. 7, 2012

Okay, so now what? After watching both parties spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a lengthy and fiery campaign, the voters left no clear path forward by keeping control of the Congress divided on Tuesday, as both sides started maneuvering for advantage on how best to deal with looming …

A post-election polling review

8:08 pm Nov. 7, 2012

During the past year, there was almost nothing more controversial for me to do as a reporter than to report on poll numbers, as both sides routinely accused this reporter and the polling organizations of bias for either the Republicans or Democrats. Now that the 2012 elections are over, it …

Obama wins the ground game

5:49 am Nov. 7, 2012

I almost hate to say it in the months before an election, because it sounds so ridiculous, but you win and lose elections many times based on the quality of your work in getting people to the polls – GOTV is what it is called – Get Out The Vote. …

Some change, but status quo in Congress

5:18 am Nov. 7, 2012

While there will be new names and faces in the 113th Congress that convenes in January, the basic outline on Capitol Hill did not change as a result of Tuesday’s elections, as Republicans kept control of the House and Democrats stayed in charge of the Senate. Only one Senator was …