September 29, 2011 |
Gunfire on Capitol Hill. Children taken hostage. John Boehner making ransom demands. President Obama pleading on a bullhorn. Sound ridiculous? Well, that's the Onion's stock in trade. This is a site that currently features a story titled "Syracuse Leaves Big East for a Woman Named Misti. " The satirical news site posted an item about a purported standoff at the U.S. Capitol in which desperate members of Congress took a group of kids hostage in order to pay off the national debt.
November 8, 2006 |
Eager to topple Republicans from power, Democratic strategists recruited military veterans fresh from combat in Iraq to run for Congress. Their gambit: to validate Democratic opposition to the war -- without risking GOP charges of disloyalty -- by putting forward the brave men and women who were fighting it. Almost a dozen veterans and military officials signed up to carry the fight to the home front.
November 22, 2006 |
Facing criticism over his record on veterans issues, Gov. Rod Blagojevich turned Tuesday to former congressional candidate and Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth to run Illinois' Veterans' Affairs Department. Duckworth was looking for work and contemplating returning to college for a graduate degree after losing to Republican Peter Roskam Nov. 7 in a close race in the 6th Congressional District.
February 13, 2009 |
President Obama preached a message of hope about the economy here Thursday, praising employees gathered in a Caterpillar plant for soldiering through tough times, and he promised that help is on the way. But the audience was dotted with dispirited workers who had just gotten word of 20,000 layoffs coming at the heavy-equipment giant, and though community leaders and managers cheered Obama's words, others in the crowd were in no mood to join in.
March 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama unveiled a budget proposal Tuesday that increases spending on early childhood education, job training, high-tech manufacturing and urban redevelopment in an effort to shrink the gap between rich and poor. “Our budget is about choices. It's about our values,” Obama said Tuesday as he promoted his spending plan at a local elementary school. “We've got to decide if we're going to keep squeezing the middle class or reduce our deficits responsibly.” The annual budget plan includes an additional $56 billion for what the White House dubs the “Opportunity, Growth the Security Initiative.” The list is a grab bag of Democratic priorities currently stalled in a divided Congress.
November 20, 2008 |
Embattled U.S. automakers added a new entry to their list of troubles Wednesday: executive jet travel. For a second straight day, the chief executives of Detroit's Big Three tried to convince a skeptical Congress that they deserved $25 billion in emergency loans. But that message was nearly drowned out by discussion of their corporate flying habits, and the Senate later scrapped plans for a vote on the loans today -- dimming hopes for a rescue plan this year. The executives from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler insisted that they had gotten serious about producing smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles.