Dec 24, 2013
A toast to the bad old daysBy Todd S. Purdum, Politico
The Democratic president was at loggerheads with the House Republican leader after a rancorous session of Congress. A liberal White House adviser badmouthed the leader to the press, and the president had to apologize. In the end, a bipartisan Christmas spirit prevailed, and the business of governing got done.Read more
The Battle Within the Democratic PartyBy Molly Ball, The Atlantic
Things are not going well for Democrats. Riding high just weeks ago after Republicans shut down the government, the party now finds itself in a swoon: President Obama’s ratings have hit an all-time low. The implementation of healthcare reform remains a mess. Vulnerable Democrats are scrambling to distance themselves from the White House, and the party is on track to lose seats in the House and Senate next year.Read more
This year’s 5 key congressional momentsWith Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post
Despite the historic lack of productivity, it was a busy year on Capitol Hill with shutdowns, shootings, filibusters, historic budget deals and scandal.
Which moments were most important and memorable? Here’s a quick video essayWatch more
Dec 23, 2013
What Snowden startedBy Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Edward Snowden should be proud.
Until this week, the National Security Agency could argue that its massive effort to collect every American's telephone records had been approved, at least tacitly, by all three branches of government.Read more
US releases more documents on surveillance originsBy Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press
The director of national intelligence on Saturday declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program.Read more
Make Mistakes. Admit Them. Try Again.By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine
Presidents aren’t allowed to admit mistakes in public. So when President Obama was asked during his news conference today what mistake he had committed in the last year, he gave a mushy answer. George W. Bush had trouble with the same question. President Obama answered at greater length than Bush—580 words!—but with the same lack of substance. He talked about his health care website and how lines of communication were blurry and the procurement process wasn’t very good. Those are problems, not mistakes, and certainly not mistakes he made.Read more
For official Washington, a truly horrible yearBy Dan Balz, Washington Post
Who had the worst year in Washington? The answer is easy: official Washington.
In the past year, Americans witnessed the diminishment of President Obama’s political standing and credibility; the least productive Congress in decades; a partial shutdown of the government caused by a misguided tea party Republican strategy; the deeply flawed implementation of the Affordable Care Act; and the legal and political fallout from revelations about the National Security Agency’s intelligence-gathering activities.Read more
Obamacare Deadline: Must Enroll by MidnightWith Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News
Julianna Goldman updates the latest Affordable Care Act news.Watch more
Dec 20, 2013
Step Away From The 2016 PollsBy Amy Walter, Cook Political Report
I don't hate polls. I am not all that bothered by talk of a 2016 presidential campaign that is almost three years away. What does make me apoplectic, however, is watching political commentators seriously analyze a poll taken in 2013 about potential 2016 presidential candidates.Read more
13 Unlikely Congressional Newsmakers of 2013By Fawn Johnson, National Journal
We all knew coming into 2013 that Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan would be important in the ongoing budget squabble. We also knew that Sens. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz would be worth watching.
But there are several lawmakers who made the spotlight this year, even if only briefly, that we didn't anticipate. Here are 13 of our favorite unlikely newsmakers.Read more
Congress approves reforms to address sexual assault, rape in militaryBy Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post
Congress passed a broad set of changes to U.S. military personnel policy late Thursday, forcing the Pentagon to revamp how it deals with cases of sexual assault and rape in the ranks.Read more