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7:40 pm Dec. 24, 2008

Someone at the Justice Department had a busy Christmas Eve, and was probably having a big drink after the White House had to do an about face on a grant of clemency issued by President Bush this week.  Evidently a lot of people were not pleased with the decision, as you can …

Christmas at Camp David

1:44 pm Dec. 24, 2008

Here is the menu for the Bushes final Christmas celebration at Camp David, as released by the White House on Christmas Eve. THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF THE FIRST LADY   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       December 24, 2008     CHRISTMAS MENUS AT CAMP DAVID   The Bushes will …

Obama’s Hawaii Retreat

8:17 pm Dec. 22, 2008

I figured it wouldn’t take long for something to happen on Obama’s Hawaii vacation.  Now we’ve got a papparazzi pec shot and the disappearing real estate listing. First, while the pool reporters were cooling their jets in the van outside the Obama compound, some guy with a telephoto lens walked …

Franken Lead Now 48 In Minnesota

7:33 pm Dec. 22, 2008

The Senate Race That Will Not End is evidently going to get even closer on Tuesday, as Minnesota elections officials will add in ballots that had challenges against them withdrawn. Officially, Democrat Al Franken leads Sen. Norm Coleman by 251 votes, but when the waived challenges are added in, that …

Happy Holidays To All

2:43 pm Dec. 22, 2008

After a full year of Political Action, I’m going to follow the lead of Barack Obama and George W. Bush and take a few days off. Unfortunately, I don’t have a secluded compound to go to like Obama in Hawaii or Bush at Camp David.  Maybe I’ll hit the Powerball …

Auto Bailout Winners & Losers

9:23 pm Dec. 21, 2008

Now that we’ve had the weekend to hash through the auto bailout announcement made last Friday by President Bush, it’s time to think about whether there were winners and losers in that aid plan for General Motors and Chrysler. It might be that the one automaker which didn’t take any …

Inaugural Tickets In Limbo

10:58 am Dec. 21, 2008

Each member of the House and Senate gets a certain number of tickets to the Obama Inaugural to dole out as they see fit.  So what do you do with the tickets if there isn’t someone in a U.S. Senate seat right now? That’s the conundrum for Inaugural officials, who …

Sen. Al Franken?

10:51 am Dec. 21, 2008

The vote counting continues this week in Minnesota, where Democrat Al Franken now leads incumbent GOP Sen. Norm Coleman by 251 votes. Franken took the lead for the first time last week, after the race had gotten as close as a two vote edge for Coleman on Thursday night. More …

Official Washington Downshifts

10:23 am Dec. 21, 2008

Just like most of the places where you work, things in the Political World are slowly grinding to a halt, as the Holidays take over. Over the weekend, President Elect Barack Obama and his family jetted to Hawaii to get a last bit of relaxation before moving to Washington, D.C. …

White House Bailout Background

12:50 pm Dec. 19, 2008

Here is the news release from the White House on today’s $17.4 billion bailout for General Motors and Chrysler. Financing Assistance To Facilitate The Restructuring Of Auto Manufacturers To Attain Financial Viability Conditioned Loans To The Domestic Auto Industry Will Enable Vital Restructuring, While Protecting The American Taxpayer   Today, …