This Open is closed, shut tight, impenetrably by the new genius of a golfer, Rory McIlroy. Record numbers, remarkable play. And now the focus shifts to the West, to San Francisco, to the Olympic Club, where America’s golfing championship will be on display next year.
We thought what Tiger Woods did at Pebble Beach in the 2000 U.S. Open was unapproachable — 12-under par and a 15-shot margin. But this weekend, McIlroy not only approached, he obliterated. Read More
What do you think Tiger Woods was doing Thursday? Possibly watching the U.S. Open as many others were, knowing he should have been playing, and would have been playing, were it not for that knee injury?
Was he sprawled on the couch, grabbing a potato chip or a Gatorade when he might have been grabbing a wedge?
Or was he a avoiding the telecast from Congressional Country Club in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., trying to escape another reminder of his situation? Read More
In the mind’s eye, there’s Payne Stewart standing in disbelief on the severely sloped 18th green at San Francisco’s Olympic Club, his 8-foot birdie putt attempt rolling 25 feet below the hole. Ah yes, the U.S. Open, agony and very little ecstasy.
That was then — and might be again next year when the Open returns to Olympic — but this is now, the 2011 Open at Congressional Country Club in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. The bewilderment and suffering are much the same. Read More
Senate Democratic leaders have agreed to pass a short-term spending bill pushed through the House by Republicans Tuesday, ending the threat of a government shutdown at least until March 18.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., promised that the Senate will pass the bill to keep the government operating for two weeks beyond a March 4 deadline, when a stopgap spending measure runs out, then sent a plea for help to the White House, urging Presiden Read More
Republicans and Democrats appeared ready to strike a deal on a spending plan that will forestall a government shutdown until March 18, but both parties remain deeply divided on a plan to pay for the remaining months of the fiscal year. Read More
Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in Saturday's shooting rampage, had begun her third term this week after squeaking out a victory over Tea Party candidate Jesse Kelly in Arizona's 8th Congressional District. A moderate, Giffords election was made tougher by her support of major initiatives of the Obama Administration, including health care reform, the $1 billion stimulus and the financial regulatory reform bill. Read More
When the 112th Congress convenes Jan. 5, many familiar faces will be gone from the Capitol's hallways, replaced by newcomers sent by angry voters eager to shake up Washington, D.C.
The incoming class of freshmen lawmakers is enormous by historical standards, and mostly Republican. Of the 435 House members, 96 were newly elected Nov. 2 and 87 of them are Republicans. Read More
The Senate Thursday failed to end the "don't ask don't tell" ban on gays serving openly in the military, potentially dooming the chances that Congress will repeal the policy this year or any time soon.
Senators voted 57-40 to advance the measure, three votes shy of the 60 votes they needed. Read More
Backed into a corner by members of their own party, Democratic leaders in Congress are poised to drop plans to take up the Bush-era tax cuts before the November election.
While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has not officially thrown in the towel on the measure, even some of the most loyal members of his caucus, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and John Kerry, D-Mass., said Thursday they were not in favor of a pre-election vote. Read More
Weeks away from an election that offers the GOP the real prospects of regaining the majority in Congress, House Republicans have written an agenda calling for tax cuts, a reduction in government spending and a repeal of the new health care law, among other initiatives they say would help jump-start the economy.
Republicans have named their agenda "A Pledge To America," a title reminiscent of the "Contract With America" drafted by the GOP before it won control of Congress in 1994. Read More