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Nobody is Playing it Straight On Trade


By John Feehery


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The President asked Congressional Democrats to play it straight on trade.

But in this debate, it’s hard to find anybody who is playing it straight.

Mr. Obama was asking Democrats to vote for Trade Assistance Authority because he knows that Republicans don’t want to vote for it. (more…)

Old Hickory and the GOP


By John Feehery

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“Andrew jackson head” by Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl (1785/88-1838) –, specifically The White House. The Presidents of The Unites States. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Andrew Jackson has long been credited with starting the Democratic Party. He brought the Western frontier to Thomas Jefferson’s anti-federalist (and anti-Wall Street) sect and created the party of the underdog.

In fact, it was at a Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner in Iowa where Barack Obama first became a political rock-star.

Old Hickory has been dead now for exactly 170 years, and over those seventeen decades, things, of course, have changed. (more…)

The President Is Right; Warren in Wrong


By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in The Hill)

President Obama is right.

I don’t usually say that, but when it comes to Elizabeth Warren, the president is spot on.

Obama told Yahoo News last week that the Massachusetts senator is “absolutely wrong” when she says giving him fast-track authority on trade could roll back powers under the Dodd-Frank Act and that her assertions “don’t stand the test of fact and scrutiny.” (more…)

Jim Wright: Leaving a Mark


By John Feehery

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Jim Wright left a mark.

I came to Washington to work for House Republican Leader Bob Michel in September of 1989, about four months after the Texas Democrat stepped down in disgrace.

Wright had run roughshod over the House Minority, radicalizing Members like Dick Cheney, and empowering bomb-throwers like Newt Gingrich. (more…)

Congress At Work


By John Feehery

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Members of the House of Representatives are happier than they have been in a decade, and that because of the change in the Senate.

This isn’t a partisan statement. It’s a fact.

Congress is back at work on both sides of the Capitol. (more…)


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