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still warring on christmas

It seems I just can’t get enough of the war on Christmas. In addition to my Politics Daily editorial and Hearst article on the topic, Hearst Washington bureau chief Rick Dunham and I sat down for one last conversation about the National Christmas Tree. One last time: it’s a Christmas tree, nothing more, nothing less. […] Read more…

listen up, mr. president

As President Barack Obama nears the end of the first year of his presidency, legendary White House correspondent and Hearst columnist Helen Thomas has a few words of advice for our Commander in Chief. Listen to this edition of The Washington Chronicles, a podcast I produce for the Houston Chronicle’s Washington bureau, at Texas on […] Read more…

how barack stole christmas

WASHINGTON–Months before President Barack Obama was scheduled to flip the switch on the National Christmas Tree in front of the White House tonight, the 30-foot living Colorado blue spruce was a hot topic on Internet forums. The big question that bloggers were pondering: Will Obama refer to it as a “Christmas” tree or a “holiday” […] Read more…

kevin brady’s rise to prominence

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady has had a quick rise to national prominence, from his confrontation with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, to his workhorse mentality on unsexy issues. Brady now has his eyes on the prize, and aims to one day chair the Ways and Means Committee. Meredith Simons and Rick Dunham discuss Brady and the […] Read more…

thanksgiving, helen thomas style

In a new edition of the Washington Chronicles podcast, Helen Thomas tells Hearst Washington bureau chief Rick Dunham what she’s thankful for this Thanksgiving. Listen to the full podcast at Texas on the Potomac. Read more…

helen thomas talks turkey

Legendary Hearst Newspapers columnist and so-called dean of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas, sat down to talk presidential turkeys in a Thanksgiving edition of Washington Chronicles, the Hearst Washington bureau’s political podcast. Her biggest presidential turkeys were presidents Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. “He always had two roads to go,” she said […] Read more…

money talks at the white house

In the latest edition of Washington Chronicles, Hearst DC bureau chief Rick Dunham talks to White House economist Jared Bernstein. In their conversation, they touch on Texas gubernatorial contender Kay Bailey Hutchison, the White House’s curbed immigration spending, health care reform and more. Listen to the podcast at Texas on the Potomac. Read more…

what’s bill white running for, again?

What race is Bill White running, exactly? I produce a podcast for Hearst and the Houston Chronicle called Washington Chronicles. In the latest installment, Washington bureau chief Rick Dunham and reporter Joe Holley discuss the vicious political race-hopping rumors swirling around Houston Mayor Bill White. Listen to the podcast in its original context at Texas […] Read more…

teabagging texas

In the latest edition of Washington Chronicles, Lynsi Burton talks to Rick Dunham about Texas’ embarrassing teabag problem. The so-called tea party activists Texan politicians welcomed and supported are now running more conservative candidates against them, aiming to steal their seats from under them in the next election. Listen to the podcast and read Lynsi’s […] Read more…

ridge says white house should improve transparency

Ridge, a former czar when President George W. Bush named him the top homeland security adviser following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said he didn’t testify before Congress when he had that job because Bush had told him not to.

However, Ridge said that better communication and oversight would improve governance.

“Congress was legitimately concerned about my role,” he said. “Coordinating authority is one thing, but was I influencing budgets? I was certainly affecting policy. But where was the transparency? Who was I answering to and who was answering to me?” Read more…