Whats up with the family business is a perennial default conversation starter at so many Thanksgiving dinners. And thats likely to be especially true around the tables of families in the business of winning federal campaigns.
I didnt read or watch every observation of the anniversary of John F. Kennedys assassination (who could?) but the ones I did gave short shrift to his signal accomplishment saving the world from a nuclear holocaust.
Thirty years ago this week, more than 100 million Americans tuned in for the first airing of The Day After on ABC the audience eager, during the final years of the Cold War, for a blockbuster vision of what the heartland might look like if both Washington and Moscow exercised their nuclear options.
In the current congressional climate, its wiser to assume something wont happen than it is to assume it will even when its the chairman of an important committee proposing a sweeping policy rewrite.
OK. So Education Secretary Arne Duncan could have said it better, but fundamentally he was right: Parents are getting awakened to how inferior even good American schools are, and they dont like it.
In my previous column, Ideology Isnt Source of All Partisanship (Nov. 6), I used partisan votes on special rules in the House as an example of high partisanship unconnected to ideological issues noting that 17 percent of all House party unity votes in the last Congress were on the previous question and final adoption of rules alone.
For business-minded Republicans fed up with tea-party-led budget standoffs, the past few weeks have offered much to crow about.
The defense authorization bill, which the Senate looks set to debate at least for the rest of the week, is the congressional version of the movie blockbuster that has it all: An amazing array of cool hardware, whiz-bang special effects, political intrigue, spymaster secrecy and some inappropriate sexual behavior not to mention a staggeringly big price tag.
Nov. 22 falls on the Friday before Thanksgiving this year, just as it did 50 years ago. And that extraordinary day in 1963 began on the Hill in ways that would seem familiar to the congressional denizens of today.
Janet L. Yellen faced intense and skeptical questions from several Republicans on the Senate Banking Committee, but nothing appeared to threaten her prospects for becoming the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.
The House Appropriations Committee executed a rare midterm leadership shuffle Wednesday.
Face it: Both the Republican and Democratic parties are in trouble. Neither can be sure which is in worse shape. So it behooves them both to do something right for a change.
Q. I am a House staffer and have been offered a chance to participate in the initial public offering of a well-known company that is about to go public. My position as a House staffer had no role at all in the opportunity becoming available to me. In fact, the person who invited me to participate did not even know that I work for the House of Representatives. I presume this means that it is OK for me to participate. However, another staffer in our office told me Im wrong. I really want to do it, so please dont tell me the rules prevent it.
Why do political parties in Congress sometimes fight, even when they agree? Is it like siblings who seem to quarrel over nothing just the nature of the beast?
It might just be the ultimate insiders strategy: When pressing a clients cause, try to catch the ear of the two offices that Congress most cares about to spread your message.