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John McCain's political comebackupdated Mon Dec 01 2014 10:21:22

Just about six years after his career seemed to come to a crashing halt, when Barack Obama defeated him in the presidential election of 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain is poised to re-emerge as a major player in the next two years.

The new President Obamaupdated Mon Nov 24 2014 08:46:00

Is there a new President Obama?

How lame are these ducks?updated Mon Nov 17 2014 07:12:59

Congress is back at work. Republicans and Democrats are gauging how much progress the lame duck session will be able to make in the coming weeks. Americans understandably are rolling their eyes, not expecting much from an institution that has been so dysfunctional over the past few years.

The surprise in the Reagan tapesupdated Tue Nov 11 2014 18:11:37

The author William Doyle caused a stir last week with reports about his finding of White House Situation Room recordings of President Ronald Reagan making telephone calls to foreign leaders. The President made these recordings, according to Doyle, to make sure the historical record was accurate.

Who got a 2016 boost from midterms?updated Wed Nov 05 2014 17:26:55

Now that the midterm elections are over, the presidential election begins.

Why the negative ads we hate will endureupdated Sun Nov 02 2014 23:35:29

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, independent U.S. Senate candidate Rick Stewart made a bold proposal. He wants to end negative television advertising in the state. Stewart is not the first to call for this. Almost every election cycle, we hear proposals to bring an end to the nasty ads. There is always speculation that we have reached some kind of tipping point.

What Ben Bradlee stood forupdated Wed Oct 22 2014 07:26:56

The death of famed Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee on Tuesday marks the symbolic end of an important era in American journalism, one that, unfortunately, was very different than our own.

Obama: One very successful president? updated Mon Oct 20 2014 08:23:41

President Obama's poll numbers have hit a new low and he's under fire for everything from the rise of ISIS to the response to the Ebola threat. So it may seem surprising to many readers that the Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman -- who has been one of the president's strongest critics from the left -- has written a cover story for Rolling Stone entitled "In Defense of Obama."

Election 2014: Why voters don't careupdated Mon Oct 13 2014 07:45:38

While America faces many big issues -- unrest in the Middle East, the effects of climate change, uneven economic growth, growing income inequality, a costly and less than optimal health care system and more -- the contest to control the House and Senate does not really seem to be turning into a defining struggle over the national agenda.

This is Elizabeth Warren's momentupdated Mon Oct 06 2014 07:23:12

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has just been handed a giant political opportunity.

What Jimmy Carter did right updated Wed Oct 01 2014 07:58:36

Today is the 90th birthday of former President Jimmy Carter.

Democrats heading for 2016 clash over world dangersupdated Mon Sep 29 2014 07:25:19

Eight years ago, the Democratic presidential candidates had the luxury of running against George W. Bush. Their main foreign-policy message was that they were different from the incumbent: They were against the war in Iraq; against the way Bush was conducting the war on terrorism; against his unilateral approach to world affairs.

A land war against ISIS?updated Mon Sep 22 2014 09:28:51

Should we worry about mission creep? Only one week after President Obama said that he would not send combat troops to fight ISIS, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate that U.S. forces could "accompany Iraqi forces in attacks" if the situation deteriorated. As President Obama prepares to address the United Nations General Assembly this Wednesday, Americans are naturally wondering where this will all end.

What a do-nothing Congress actually doesupdated Mon Sep 15 2014 07:17:49

The "do-nothing" Congress is the most misleading expression in politics.

Why Obama needs to be the explainer in chiefupdated Wed Sep 03 2014 12:37:20

After weeks of vague pronouncements on world events, President Obama finally spoke forcefully Wednesday. He delivered a strong statement about the horrendous beheadings of journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley and spoke about what the U.S. planned to do with ISIS, the terror group which calls itself the Islamic State.

How labor unions and Democrats fell out of love updated Sun Aug 31 2014 12:25:46

Labor Day used to be a big deal for the Democratic Party. For much of the 20th century, organized labor was at the heart of Democratic politics. Unions were a driving force that gave the party its heart and its muscle.

Will Mitt Romney run for president in 2016?updated Mon Aug 25 2014 10:39:45

The Christian Science Monitor recently reported that Mitt Romney's former political advisers are adamantly denying rumors that their boss might run for the presidency in 2016. "I take Mitt at his absolute word," said Ron Kaufman. "He's not running."

Can Hillary Clinton win over the left?updated Mon Aug 18 2014 07:02:56

Hillary Clinton got herself into a frenzy of controversy as a result of an interview with The Atlantic in which she took some shots at President Obama's foreign policy.

Why marijuana's moment has arrivedupdated Mon Aug 11 2014 07:33:43

A few decades ago, marijuana was a topic that relatively few people, mostly counterculture musicians and comedians, spoke about in public. The comedy team of Cheech and Chong made films such as "Up in Smoke" that extolled the pleasures of smoking pot at a time the subject was still taboo.

GOP, Dems dumb down impeachmentupdated Mon Aug 04 2014 07:33:16

Republicans and Democrats have entered into an impeachment frenzy over the past few weeks.

Is Obama a powerless lame duck?updated Mon Jul 28 2014 07:56:54

According to the conventional wisdom, lame duck presidents can't do very much. The popular image is that they are killing time, maybe grabbing a beer with the locals, until the new guy or gal comes to town.

Are Democrats afraid of the income inequality issue?updated Mon Jul 21 2014 08:27:13

On his HBO talk show, "Last Week Tonight," comedian John Oliver aired a blistering segment about President Obama and the issue of income inequality. Oliver reminded viewers that "last December, the president made it clear that income inequality" would be a "big priority," since in a speech he called it the "defining challenge of our time."

The World Cup of U.S. politicsupdated Mon Jul 14 2014 08:05:54

Most Americans don't think that midterm elections really matter. The majority of voters come out only for presidential elections. Midterms are left to the most activist parts of the population, the people who like to follow politics in off hours and who care as deeply about who wins elected office as they do about sports teams or celebrities.

Distrustful Americans still live in age of Watergateupdated Mon Jul 07 2014 07:33:15

Former Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker passed away recently. Although he was known for many things, Baker's most enduring moment came in the middle of the Watergate scandal, when he asked: "What did the president know and when did he know it?"

4 reasons Christie keeps moving forwardupdated Mon Jun 30 2014 06:16:35

After months of being beat up by the media about his "Bridgegate" scandal in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie is still standing. And there is even some evidence that he might finally be regaining ground.

Public deserves speedy access to White House recordsupdated Mon Jun 23 2014 08:19:18

Presidential libraries always seem to be the center of controversy and debate. Right now a number of cities are competing to host President Barack Obama's library once he leaves office. There will certainly be a flood of stories about the vast fund-raising that will take place to secure money for the building since, according to the laws governing these libraries, the buildings are privately funded.

Can Obama avoid mission creep in Iraq?updated Thu Jun 19 2014 18:50:32

President Obama is about to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq in an attempt to stabilize a situation that is rapidly disintegrating. Obama had hoped that the end of the Iraq war would be a key accomplishment of his administration. But just as he thought it was safe to get out, the President is finding himself drawn back, as violence has been spreading throughout Iraq.

Hillary Clinton hits some speed bumpsupdated Mon Jun 16 2014 08:19:04

Hillary Clinton's book rollout hit some speed bumps last week. She took some partisan heat for a comment that she recently made to ABC's Diane Sawyer. Clinton explained that she and her husband were "dead broke" when they left the White House because of the legal fees they faced. Her critics instantly jumped on the statement, pointing to these words as evidence that she was out of touch with average Americans.

Will Democrats pay a price for Bergdahl deal?updated Mon Jun 09 2014 07:25:23

Critics of President Barack Obama's foreign policy are getting louder by the day, and that poses risks for Democrats this fall and even in 2016.

Does GOP need another Contract With America? updated Mon Jun 02 2014 09:04:50

Twenty years ago, Newt Gingrich and the GOP rode to power on Capitol Hill with a slick "policy manifesto" called the "Contract With America." Today, some Republican lawmakers are calling for another such "contract" with the hope that they can stimulate greater interest in Republican ideas and policies.

Lewinsky and Rove -- Good news for Hillary Clinton?updated Sun May 18 2014 22:11:31

Hillary Clinton had a good week.

Is there anything wrong with a little pork barrel spending?updated Mon May 12 2014 07:06:08

Last week, a member of Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, actually defended the way that Congress does its business. Give him credit for originality.

Is tea party all bark and no bite?updated Wed May 07 2014 09:03:54

There is mounting evidence that the electoral threat from the tea party is fading. In the power struggle between the tea party faction of the GOP and the "establishment," the establishment is winning.

6 reasons Obama can't seem to catch a breakupdated Mon May 05 2014 08:30:38

The White House received bad news and good news last week. New polling data indicated that President Barack Obama might be more unpopular than ever before. According to a survey by The Washington Post and ABC News, the President's approval rating has fallen to 41%, down from an already meager 46% earlier in 2014.

Is American democracy dead?updated Sun Apr 27 2014 08:03:26

American democracy faces a very real threat. The power of money is overwhelming the power of average voters to influence government decisions. While this is an old lament in politics, social scientists are now finding very concrete proof about the damage being done.

How Obama can avoid lame-duck bluesupdated Mon Apr 21 2014 08:32:31

A lot of people don't pay close attention to midterm elections. They are not as exciting as the presidential campaigns, and most Americans are just not interested in the ups and downs of individual members of Congress.

Democrats, show some spine on taxesupdated Mon Apr 14 2014 07:55:39

Democrats need to show more political spine when it comes to the issue of taxes.

Lessons, from Walter White to LBJupdated Mon Mar 31 2014 07:34:05

Walter White, the high school chemistry teacher turned meth dealer in the fictional TV series "Breaking Bad," would seem to have little in common with the real-life President Lyndon B. Johnson, who played a celebrated part in the passage of the Civil Rights Act 50 years ago.

Why Obama is losing millennialsupdated Mon Mar 24 2014 07:51:43

President Obama attracted a lot of attention when he went on "Between Two Ferns," going mano-a-mano with comedian Zach Galifianakis. The President handled Galifianakis' barbs well, throwing some back at the comedian (ridiculing his film "Hangover 3," for example) and successfully stoking interest in his health care program, based on the uptick in traffic that followed.

Ted Cruz vs. Rand Paul: A GOP road to nowhereupdated Mon Mar 17 2014 07:30:54

A fight has broken out between two of the most prominent members of the Republican Party: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

Obama may hate the midterm resultsupdated Mon Mar 10 2014 07:31:19

President Barack Obama doesn't have much to look forward to in November.

Why Biden won't winupdated Mon Mar 03 2014 08:55:31

Vice President Joe Biden made some waves last week when he announced that he was still thinking about running for the presidency in 2016.

Washington, not exactly a 'House of Cards'?updated Mon Feb 24 2014 07:40:29

Many Americans, including President Obama, have become fans of the Netflix series "House of Cards."

Clinton, Biden and a post-Obama Democratic Party?updated Mon Feb 17 2014 07:44:00

With talk about the 2016 election heating up, most of the national media has turned the focus on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joseph Biden.

Learn from the 'Watergate Babies'updated Mon Feb 10 2014 08:10:26

Washington needs to be reformed. With polls consistently showing that Americans distrust their government and an abundance of evidence that our political system is not working well (some polls have shown that legislators are less trusted than car salesmen), the urgency of improving the rules and procedures through which our politicians govern is essential.

The risks of Obama's executive power planupdated Mon Feb 03 2014 07:45:56

President Barack Obama has made it clear to Congress that if they will not work with him he will work around them.

How Christie could rebound -- and come out strongerupdated Mon Jan 20 2014 07:10:36

After a very long week, there has been a little light at the end of the bridge for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Some polls recently suggested that the scandal surrounding the three lanes to the George Washington Bridge might not have as much traction with the public as it does with reporters.

Five big questions on 2014 electionsupdated Mon Jan 13 2014 07:36:25

The midterm elections are around the corner. The big question will obviously be what happens to control of the House and Senate. But control of Congress is only one part of the equation. There are a series of issues that will shape the individual races that will tell us a lot about which way American politics is heading.

America's real problem: Too much bipartisanshipupdated Mon Jan 06 2014 08:48:06

The year ended with the familiar laments about partisan gridlock in Washington, and 2014 began with more of the same. The list of failures that can be attributed to the parties constantly bickering is long. Congress has been unable to address the big problems of the day, such as immigration or climate change, and party polarization has caused ongoing distress in economic markets.

Five New Year's resolutions for President Obamaupdated Mon Dec 30 2013 07:11:09

As millions of Americans think about how they can do better in 2014 through their New Year resolutions, President Obama might want to make a few of his own.

Obama's 2013: A very tough yearupdated Mon Dec 16 2013 07:35:37

President Barack Obama has had a tough year. Although he began in January well aware of the immense problems that second-term presidents have historically confronted, it still doesn't seem that he was fully prepared for what was to come.

From one first black president to anotherupdated Tue Dec 10 2013 13:53:51

As President Barack Obama made his impassioned speech at Nelson Mandela's funeral at a soccer stadium in Soweto, the poverty-stricken Johannesburg township that was a stronghold of support for the anti-apartheid struggle, he was standing at the procession of one of the people who had the greatest impact on his life. Mandela shaped his career.

How the American Dream got downsizedupdated Mon Dec 09 2013 07:37:36

As you celebrate the holiday season, make time to see Alexander Payne's brilliant new film, "Nebraska." The movie is a riveting story, filmed in black and white, about an elderly man named Woody Grant (played by Bruce Dern) who takes a road trip with his youngest son, David (played by Will Forte).

You can't game a presidential legacyupdated Mon Dec 02 2013 07:55:05

What will President Obama's historical legacy look like decades from now? As the media sort through the debates over the Affordable Care Act and the budget, or the implications of the recent deal with Iran, many Americans are starting to think about how we will remember this president.

Here's something Congress could actually doupdated Mon Nov 25 2013 07:54:31

On the surface, Montana Senator Max Baucus's proposal to reform the corporate tax code seems politically insane. The powerful chairman of the Senate Finance Committee has proposed tightening up the tax treatment of corporate profits overseas. The Senator, along with legislators in both parties, wants to use this proposal as the basis for broader loophole-closing reforms that also tackle the individual tax code.

Bush and Clinton take opposite approaches to legacyupdated Wed Nov 20 2013 13:34:13

Former President George W. Bush briefly jumped back into the national conversation Tuesday night with his interview on "The Tonight Show." Bush told host Jay Leno that "I don't miss the spotlight" and that he was thoroughly enjoying his post-presidential life. On Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton is in the news as he receives a Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

Elizabeth Warren vs. Hillary Clinton is a false choiceupdated Mon Nov 18 2013 07:53:16

Over the past week, speculation emerged that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might not be the only prominent Democrat running for the nomination for president in 2016. Her "inevitable" path to the nomination is once again being questioned.

Obamacare and the failure of half-baked liberalismupdated Mon Nov 11 2013 07:08:06

The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been filled with problems and controversy. Facing entrenched opposition from a Republican Party that has been determined to subvert the program from the moment it passed, President Barack Obama has frustrated supporters by continuing to offer the GOP plenty of ammunition for their attacks.

Don't underestimate risks of government spyingupdated Mon Nov 04 2013 08:50:47

As the story about the National Security Agency surveillance continued to unfold last week, some of President Obama's supporters, as well as some of his Republican critics, were quick to jump to his defense.

NSA scandal highlights Obama's unfulfilled promiseupdated Mon Oct 28 2013 07:48:50

The scandal over allegations about NSA surveillance overseas, including monitoring of the cell phone conversations of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and millions of phone calls in France, is another huge blow to President Barack Obama.

Chris Christie ahead of the GOP curve on same-sex marriageupdated Wed Oct 23 2013 08:27:34

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made headlines when he backed away from his opposition to same-sex marriage in New Jersey. Although he had initially indicated that he would challenge the recent court decision, Christie reversed course and announced that he would follow the law of his state.

Republicans got what they wantedupdated Thu Oct 17 2013 08:17:57

With no time left on the clock, members of Congress finally reached a deal that would reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling.

Liberals, stop whining and do somethingupdated Mon Oct 14 2013 07:39:20

Liberals need to stop complaining about the right.

D.C. crisis could jump-start the case for reformupdated Mon Oct 07 2013 08:42:47

It is rare when politicians decide to make government reform the centerpiece of their campaigns. Although Americans always complain about government, polls show that most voters care most about "bread and butter" issues when they make decisions about who their leaders should be.

Government shutdown threat is getting very old, very fastupdated Mon Sep 30 2013 07:50:54

The budget battles continue to rage. Every time the Congress and the president reach another resolution over taxes and spending -- the new fiscal cliff -- another round of fighting begins.

Party like it's the 1980supdated Mon Sep 23 2013 07:19:23

1980s nostalgia is about to intensify. This week, ABC television will premiere its new show "The Goldbergs," a sitcom about a suburban middle-class family in the 1980s that loves to yell and scream. The pilot promises to bring back memories of colorful leg warmers, REO Speedwagon, Sam Goody stores, and Simon electronic game units.

GOP strategy on shutdown courts doomupdated Mon Sep 16 2013 07:38:31

Now that there is a respite in the debate in Congress over Syria, the budget wars are resuming. Regardless of how tired the public has become of watching the parties wrangle over spending levels, congressional Republicans have made it clear that they intend to keep the pressure on the president.

Three questions for Obama on Syriaupdated Sun Sep 08 2013 08:35:36

President Barack Obama will speak to the nation Tuesday, trying to build public support for a military strike against Syria.

Did we really learn the lesson of the March on Washington?updated Tue Aug 27 2013 07:41:28

Fifty years ago this week, the civil rights movement rocked the nation's capital. Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King, Roy Wilkins and the other major civil rights leaders led thousands of activists in a march on Washington. Their goal was to build pressure on Congress to move forward with the civil rights bill that President Kennedy had proposed.

Barack Obama did Hillary Clinton a huge favorupdated Mon Aug 19 2013 07:53:37

Hillary Clinton has started to re-enter the public spotlight, very possibly beginning a new stage of her career that may lead to the presidential election of 2016.

Should Chris Christie move to the right?updated Mon Aug 12 2013 08:12:32

If he decides to run for president, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will need to push back against the inevitable pressure that he will encounter to move to the right.

Crunch time for immigration, budget fightsupdated Mon Aug 05 2013 07:08:14

August is going to be a crucial month for President Barack Obama.

Four lessons from Nixon's failed presidencyupdated Mon Jul 29 2013 07:45:06

President Richard Nixon continues to loom large over America's political imagination.

GOP's self-destructive approach on Obamacareupdated Mon Jul 22 2013 07:44:20

Last week, House Republicans voted to delay the implementation of the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, trying to take advantage of President Obama's announcement that the employer mandate will be delayed for a year. The vote is purely symbolic as there is no chance that the Senate will pass the bill.

Don't say 'dysfunctional Congress'updated Mon Jul 15 2013 09:01:37

It's time to stop using the phrase "dysfunctional Congress" in our political lexicon.

The NSA spies and Democrats look awayupdated Mon Jul 08 2013 07:46:41

During the weeks of debates triggered by Edward Snowden and his release of information about a classified National Security Agency spying program, the story has moved further and further from the actual surveillance and centered instead on the international cat-and-mouse game to find him.

On the chopping block: History, literature, civics and the artsupdated Mon Jun 24 2013 09:12:57

Everyone talks about our broken political system. Washington is too polarized. Money dominates politics. Politicians don't know how to lead. Citizens are not as attentive to governance and public policy as they should be. Americans either ignore politics or see it is one more form of entertainment, "American Idol" on steroids.

George W. Bush's legacy is on the mendupdated Thu Jun 13 2013 08:43:41

Former President George W. Bush is enjoying another bounce in the post-presidential polls. First, the opening of his presidential library produced a spate of positive coverage about his time in office. Now, Gallup has released a survey showing that for the first time since 2005, more people approve than disapprove of Bush.

It's no time to retreat from affirmative action, voting rightsupdated Mon Jun 10 2013 07:34:28

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a number of historic decisions in the coming weeks about how the government deals with race issues.

Why 2014 is the year to watchupdated Mon Jun 03 2013 07:33:53

The midterm campaigns will soon be under way. President Barack Obama has a few more months in the hot days of summer to get legislation through Congress, but representatives and senators will soon be focused on their campaigns with little thought for anything else.

Fix our tax headachesupdated Tue May 28 2013 07:56:33

Something good can come of the bad news about taxes. Last week there were more revelations about who knew what, and what actually occurred, when the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative organizations that were seeking tax-exempt status. Former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman told Congress he was "dismayed" about what had happened.

What happened to Obama's promise?updated Mon May 20 2013 07:26:37

On "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart captured the frustration that many of President Obama's supporters have felt over the past week as one scandal after another cascaded into the White House.

Chris Christie's weight: Why it mattersupdated Mon May 13 2013 07:26:29

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made headlines last week when one of his aides admitted that he had surgery to lose weight. Christie said that the surgery had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with his health and his family. Christie said: "It's not a career issue for me. It is a long-term health issue for me and that's the basis on which I made this decision. It's not about anything other than that."

Is 'Alpha House' parody of GOP on target?updated Mon May 06 2013 07:33:04

The Republicans have an authenticity problem. After many decades of enjoying huge political power, elected officials are struggling to energize voters about the party's brand name. Even the troubles faced by President Barack Obama don't seem to help.

Why can't Obama reform government?updated Mon Apr 29 2013 07:59:56

President Barack Obama is having a tough time.

History's jury is still out on George W. Bushupdated Tue Apr 23 2013 08:10:19

On Thursday, President Obama and former presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton are due to attend the grand opening of President George W. Bush's presidential library and archive in Dallas, Texas.

Christie, Cuomo and the Dukakis effectupdated Mon Apr 15 2013 09:10:08

Several sitting governors might be contenders in the 2016 presidential election. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have given indications they are thinking of running, although they haven't announced candidacies at this very early stage of the contest.

Hillary Clinton and the experience trapupdated Mon Apr 08 2013 07:13:02

Hillary Clinton could be an excellent presidential candidate for the Democrats in 2016. After suffering through an extremely difficult loss in the primaries against Barack Obama, Clinton has managed to strengthen her resume.

Generations X and Y start to rule politicsupdated Mon Apr 01 2013 07:27:15

The changes that we are seeing in public attitudes about homosexuality are just the tip of the political iceberg. As Bob Dylan once sang, performing to the Baby Boom generation when it was challenging the prevailing political orthodoxies, "something is happening here. But you don't know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones?"

Seize the immigration dealupdated Mon Mar 25 2013 08:39:59

The stars seem to be aligning for immigration reform.

Jeb Bush falls into GOP's immigration trapupdated Mon Mar 11 2013 07:57:59

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stepped right into the political thicket with his contradictory comments on immigration last week.

Health care will be an Obama legacyupdated Mon Mar 04 2013 07:43:25

The politics of health care is changing fast. President Barack Obama's Affordable Health Care Act was vulnerable during his first term when Republicans demanded repeal of the law. Even after the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality, there were still many voices who objected to it.

If spending is cut, GOP will get the blameupdated Mon Feb 25 2013 07:18:54

Until now "sequestration" has been a word that only means something to people living inside the Beltway or to political junkies who depend on their daily dose of Politico and The Hill. But if Congress and the president do not reach a deal by March 1, which appears likely, Americans will quickly learn what it means -- namely deep spending cuts.

How to fight climate changeupdated Mon Feb 18 2013 07:50:12

Thousands marched in Washington this weekend to call for action to counter climate change.

Obama, think big for State of the Unionupdated Mon Feb 11 2013 07:20:03

President Obama is set to deliver the first State of the Union Address of his new term. On Tuesday evening, he will step before a joint session of Congress and a nation in difficult times.

Republicans, be smart about defense cutsupdated Mon Feb 04 2013 08:29:06

A massive political fight over defense spending is about to take place.

Stopgap budgeting cripples governmentupdated Mon Jan 28 2013 08:17:01

Following their retreat in Virginia, House Republicans voted for an unusual budget plan, which the White House has given some indications it would accept. The GOP decided to temporarily extend the debt ceiling, the federal law that authorizes the government to borrow the money it needs to pay for its expenditures for three months.

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