Month: December 2009

proponents of gay marriage see victory as inevitable, but lack strategy

WASHINGTON—History repeats itself. That old maxim is a favorite of those who advocate same-sex marriage in Maine. One month after the passage of a ballot question vetoing the state’s five-month-old same-sex marriage law,  activists are beginning to look at what went wrong in a battle that seemed won before any votes were cast and are […] Read more…

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…

collins: heavy hitter for heavy trucks

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Susan Collins proved herself to be a congressional heavy hitter late Tuesday night when she got a measure that would allow heavier trucks on stretches of interstate through Maine included in the 2010 Transportation Appropriations bill. The one-year pilot program will increase the maximum allowed weight of trucks driving on the […] 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…

barack obama and the war on christmas

WASHINGTON–All of you out there still worrying that President Barack Obama is a secret Muslim, rest easy: despite online rumors that the National Christmas Tree displayed on the ellipse in front of the White House would be called (gasp!) the National Holiday Tree this year, it just isn’t true. The National Christmas Tree will be […] 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…

maine military mom doesn’t see an end to war

WASHINGTON — Carole Whelan decided early not to watch President Barack Obama’s Tuesday night prime-time announcement of his plan for the war in Afghanistan. “I’m tired,” the 63-year-old Whelan said. “I’ve been around a long time, and I think that I’m really tired of the propaganda that is given to the American population in lieu […] Read more…

maine delegation not sold on obama’s afghaniplan

WASHINGTON–When President Barack Obama stood in front of cadets at West Point Military Academy in New York Tuesday night and announced that 30,000 more troops would be deployed to Afghanistan, he acknowledged that the move would not be universally popular. He said in his speech that the debate over the Iraq war — and by […] Read more…