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Pope Francis Elevates the Discourse on Capitol Hill

“God bless America” sounds banal coming from politicians but profound when spoken by the shepherd of 1.2 billion souls. In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis delivered a blessing of encouragement, not admonition—and spoke powerfully about the hot-button issues that keep our political leaders mired in bitter gridlock.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE

Contested Spending Bill Hangs in the Balance in Congress (Updated)

We’re teetering on the brink of a major holiday season, which can mean only one thing on Capitol Hill: looming legislative deadlock.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE

Obama to Congressional Foes: ‘Stop Just Hatin’ All the Time’ (Video)

Doesn’t he know that this would leave them with no purpose? President Obama, facing a House vote Wednesday to sue him for overextending his powers in pushing the Affordable Care Act through, took some shots at his opponents.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE

Gridlock on Capitol Hill Over Immigration Plan Surprises Precisely No One

So there’s this plan circulating in Congress, hatched by Senate Democrats, that would call for some $2.7 billion to attempt to deal with one pressing aspect of the immigration quandary: what to do about the growing ranks of migrant children crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. Think it’ll fly?

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Deadly Poison Found in Letter Addressed to Obama

Authorities believe a letter sent to President Obama containing a suspicious substance that tested positive for ricin came from the same person who mailed an envelope that was also filled with the deadly toxin to a Republican senator.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE

Congress: Not the Place for Insider Trading

The fact that lawmakers like Sen. Joe Lieberman need to go out of their way to draft specific legislation to stipulate that members of Congress shouldn’t be engaging in insider trading with information they may come across by virtue of their vaunted positions is kind of revealing, isn’t it?

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE

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Survey: Number of Religious Lobbying Groups in D.C. Is Up Fivefold

Pew researchers discovered that the number of religious groups lobbying politicians in Washington, D.C., has increased 500 percent in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today. With more than 1,000 lobbyists vying for the ears of Congress members, the groups together spend more than $390 million a year ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE

Pelosi and Pitt
AP photo / Susan Walsh

OMG, Brad Pitt in D.C.!

Mayhem ensued Thursday when actor Brad Pitt visited Capitol Hill to meet with President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about rebuilding New Orleans. An anonymous Senate source told the AP that Pitt was possessed of a “nice face” but was “waaaay too skinny.” These politicians need to get their stuff together.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 READ MORE

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Obama Salutes Lincoln Yet Again

In case you didn’t know already, Barack Obama is a big fan of Abraham Lincoln. The current president (No. 44) made his admiration apparent once again on Thursday, during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda marking his predecessor’s (No. 16) 200th birthday.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009 READ MORE


McClellan Testifies, Sells More Books

The most recent stop in former White House press secretary Scott McClellan’s book tour was Capitol Hill, where he testified about his own participation in the Valerie Plame affair and the involvement of both Bush and Cheney in attempting to cover up the treasonous tracks of 2007 felon of the year Scooter Libby.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008 READ MORE


Kennedy Recovering From Seizure

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is recuperating at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital after suffering a seizure Saturday at his Cape Cod home. Kennedy, 76, was reportedly in good spirits later that day, spending time with family members and watching a Red Sox game on television.

Posted on May 17, 2008 READ MORE


Cyber-Newt Salutes the ‘Metaverse’ on Second Life

Savvily referencing the work of William Gibson, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has made a rather bizarre appearance on Second Life, showing up at a virtual Capitol Hill on Pollywog Gardenvale’s “News From the Virtual World.”  (Bonus:  features unintentionally hilarious, if drawn-out, intro theme music.)

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE

Media Ignore Lieberman’s Caucus Fickleness

According to Media Matters, several media outlets noted a statement Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman made to Time magazine that there is a “very remote possibility” he will stop caucusing with Senate Democrats but failed to mention his pre-election promises to continue to caucus with them.

Posted on Feb 24, 2007 READ MORE

Lawmakers Appear to Distance Selves From Lobbyists

Both Republicans and Democrats are canceling meetings with lobbyists in the wake of the Abramoff scandal. | story
Pardon our cynicism, but as long as lobbyists have money to dole out, lawmakers will find a way to the trough.
Any lobbying-reform legislation that results from this scandal will be rendered moot as quickly as you can say “McCain-Feingold.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE

Bush-Abramoff Photos Percolating Through Media

Time magazine describes—but doesn’t publish—pictures of the president and the radioactive lobbyist. | story
Democrats are sensing blood—the Republican equivalent of Clinton-Lewinsky hug videos.

Posted on Jan 22, 2006 READ MORE

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