Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today. Nine presidential campaigns. Five White House administrations. (Still trying to get it right.)

Poll: The diagnosis is right, but where's the cure?

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - On this Americans agree with President Obama: The economy is getting better - for the rich. A USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll finds broad skepticism that the proposals the president outlined in his State of the Union Address last week will go anywhere in a Republican-controlled Congress, though.

Air Force secretary supports lifting transgender ban

stripes.com — ARLINGTON, Va. (Tribune News Service) - Now that the U.S. military has opened more jobs to women and allowed gay men and lesbians to serve openly, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says the ban on transgender troops is likely to be reassessed and should be lifted.

GOP senator warns of violence after immigration order

cnbc.com — Coburn, 66, is a conservative Republican but one who has a personal relationship with Obama. They entered the Senate in the same class, elected in 2004, and the new senators from opposite ends of the political spectrum and their spouses immediately hit it off at an orientation dinner.

Starbucks CEO: Honor vets with a concert -- and a job

wusa9.com — WASHINGTON - Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says Americans need to honor veterans - and hire them. Schultz, a force behind an all-star Concert For Valor on the National Mall Tuesday marking Veterans Day, says service in Iraq and Afghanistan has become a hurdle rather than an asset for many veterans seeking civilian employment.

Starbucks CEO: If You Want to Honor Vets, Hire Them

wltx.com — WASHINGTON - Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says Americans need to honor veterans - and hire them. Schultz, a force behind an all-star Concert For Valor on the National Mall Tuesday marking Veterans Day, says service in Iraq and Afghanistan has become a hurdle rather than an asset for many veterans seeking civilian employment.

Analysis: Shaking things up ... and making them worse?

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - Dissatisfied with President Obama's leadership and dismayed by the failure of both parties to work together on big problems, Americans voted Tuesday to shake things up. The result: They just may have made those things worse. For the fourth time in five elections, Americans were voting for change as Republicans were poised to regain control of the Senate.

Lessons from Reagan: A 'mea culpa' speech by Obama?

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - As the second term foundered, the president's approval ratings sank and his party lost control of the Senate in the midterm elections.

Poll: High anxiety, low expectations as election nears

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - As Election Day nears, America is the Land of the Fearful. Voters are rattled by the Ebola virus, braced for years of conflict against the terrorist group Islamic State and still worried about jobs, a nationwide USA TODAY Poll finds.

Governors on the griddle: 5 races to watch

usatoday.com — The race for the governor's mansion in these five states could have a big impact in 2016. USA TODAY's Susan Page explains why. VPC WASHINGTON -- Governors are on the griddle this year.

Ex-solicitor general: Gay marriage a done deal

ksdk.com — WASHINGTON - Former solicitor general Theodore Olson, the Republican lawyer who argued Bush v. Gore and the challenge to California's Proposition 8, says the Supreme Court through action and inaction this month passed "the point of no return" on same-sex marriage.
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Jan 30, 2015

RT @fschouten: Great hed --> Say it ain't snow! Winter storm forecast this weekend usat.ly/1CIaUy2

Jan 30, 2015

From the Granite State: Next GOP nominee likely someone who 'wd barely register in a natl poll today' usat.ly/1CIJ0ly @DrewHampshire

Jan 30, 2015

I guess he's running: @ScottWalker will be the Republican speaker at this year's Gridiron Dinner (in the footsteps of Obama, Romney et al).

Jan 30, 2015

RT @USATODAY: Today's #frontpage: Obama seeks 7% spending hike. Ticket scalping to halftime show, your guide to #SuperBowlXLIX pic.twitter.com/gP51VGHLHJ

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