Month: November 2009

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…

turkey day, congress-style

Though they’ve weathered elections and long hours on the floor, members of Congress are really no different than the rest of us when it comes to Thanksgiving. They head home to get together with friends and family, eat way too much and practice the same traditions, year after year. I caught up with Sens. Collins […] 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…

i fought the man and won: overdraft survival stories

We all know someone who’s had a $35 cup of coffee. No, this isn’t a kids-these-days rant about the coin required for a fancy-schmancy latte (extra foam, extra hot, non-fat, please). This is about cold, hard, overdraft fees. Read tips and tricks to avoid overdraft fees (hint: don’t overdraw your account), and battle stories from […] 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…

military’s first amendment rights questioned by senate

WASHINGTON–The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs questioned soldiers’ First Amendment rights while beginning hearings for their investigation of the attacks at Fort Hood army base in Texas. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, the committee’s top Republican, asked whether Malik Nidal Hasan, the alleged shooter, should have been flagged or questioned by his fellow soldiers. Read […] Read more…

collins and lieberman announce fort hood hearings

WASHINGTON–Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced that later this week their committee would begin investigation of the Fort Hood shooting. Though it is rumored that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee had been asked by the White House to wait for the criminal investigation of the incident to be finished, […] 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…

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