October 27, 2012 |
The Partisan The Life of William Rehnquist John A. Jenkins Public Affairs: 368 pp., $28.99 Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was a curious man. He could be courtly and gracious, elegant in argument and a brilliant advocate. He also was a ferocious adversary, a relentless conservative and, as John A. Jenkins makes clear in his new biography, a determined partisan. One sample of his paradox: Rehnquist was a respected leader of the court, appreciated even by those whose politics he abhorred, and yet he secured his position in part by perjuring himself at his confirmation hearing.
October 22, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. Dianne Feinstein recently attended a Capitol Hill hearing, pursuing an unlikely cause for the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee: eggs. Both the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers, an industry group, wanted the California Democrat to promote legislation setting national standards for the treatment of hens. "She has the ability to reach across the aisle," said California egg farmer Arnie Riebli. Feinstein, a Democrat, has spent years trying to establish this kind of reputation - a bridge builder who works to span the Senate's partisan divide.
October 22, 2012 |
ROCHESTER, N.H. - It wasn't until the mailers began targeting her as a union stooge that Julie Brown realized how much her party had changed. Brown registered as a Republican on her 21st birthday in 1956. She was an Ike girl in the 1950s, riding a bandwagon and handing out pins dressed in a red felt skirt, blue sweater and white blouse. She worked for Maine's Republican Sen. William S. Cohen in the 1980s, and organized on behalf of GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. before last winter's New Hampshire primary.
October 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama had reason to be hopeful in July 2009, as he met one afternoon in the Oval Office with Maine Sen. Olympia J. Snowe. The new president was trying to sustain his ambitious initiative to overhaul the nation's healthcare system. He needed Snowe, a centrist Republican, to make the effort bipartisan. Now, she was telling Obama what he wanted to hear: She would be with him. That would precipitate a months-long scramble as the president and his team shaped the legislation to meet Snowe's concerns.
October 3, 2012 |
Just before their first debate ended, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney each got a chance to say how he would cut through the partisan political gridlock that has paralyzed Washington. Romney recalled his work as governor of Massachusetts with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature. “That meant I figured out from day one I had to get along and I had to work across the aisle to get anything done,” Romney said. WHAT THEY SAID: The first presidential debate “As president,” he continued, “I will sit down on day one -- actually the day after I get elected, I'll sit down with leaders, the Democratic leaders as well as Republican leaders.
September 23, 2012
Re "Senate GOP blocks veterans jobs measure," Sept. 20 I see the "party of no" is at it again. The Republicans in Congress don't care who they hurt, even the brave warriors who lay their lives on the line for our country. The recent jobs bill for veterans was blocked by Senate Republicans last week. It was designed to help veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan since the 9/11 attacks. It was being paid for, as The Times writes, by "imposing penalties on Medicare providers and suppliers who are delinquent on taxes and by collecting back taxes on others.
August 12, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - As Rep.Paul D. Ryan begins to campaign as the presumed Republican vice presidential nominee, one aspect of his political career will be with him always: his votes. After nearly 14 years in Congress, the Wisconsin representative has amassed a record on many of the critical issues that have come to define the country's partisan divide. Overall, Ryan's votes define him as a loyal GOP foot soldier - one who has sided with party leaders even in cases in which some other small-government conservatives have refused to do so. In crucial moments near the end ofGeorge W. Bush's presidency, for example, when the White House pleaded with Congress for a bank bailout plan to save free-falling financial markets, Ryan joined the effort to pass the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
August 1, 2012 |
President Obama's announcement of support for same-sex marriage has changed public opinion on the issue, a new survey shows - but only in the most partisan of ways. Democrats, and especially liberal Democrats, have become more supportive of same-sex couples marrying since the president made his famous pronouncement in May, according to poll results released Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Latinos have also shifted slightly toward acceptance of same-same marriage.
June 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives found Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress on Thursday, creating a bitter political break between two branches of government and sending it to the courts to decide whether the attorney general must release internal records dealing with Fast and Furious. The votes approved in the Republican-controlled House covered two contempt of Congress citations - one as a criminal matter referring the issue to the U.S. attorney's office in Washington for prosecution, the other authorizing the House to hire a special attorney to bring a civil lawsuit.
June 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Justice Antonin Scalia has never been shy about saying what he thinks and never reluctant to criticize those he disagrees with. For more than a quarter-century, the high court's term has nearly always ended with a rush of opinions in late June and a fiery dissent from Scalia. His colleagues sit with tight expressions or distant gazes as Scalia sounds off, his tone one of anger and disgust. His targets Monday included illegal immigrants and President Obama.