Democrats post Senate gains but GOP holds control of House

Democrats post Senate gains but GOP holds control of House

Democrats strengthened their hold on the Senate but failed Tuesday to recapture the majority in the House of Representatives they lost two years ago. President Barack Obama, in his freshly authorized second term, will face the same divided Congress in 2013 that has bedeviled efforts to enact his major legislation. “Now that the election is […]

Voters give historic votes to legalize gay marriage, marijuana

Voters give historic votes to legalize gay marriage, marijuana

Altering the course of U.S social policy, Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, while Washington state and Colorado set up a showdown with federal authorities by legalizing recreational use of marijuana. The outcomes for those ballot measures Tuesday were a milestone for persistent but often thwarted advocacy […]

With hype and hyperbole over, the voters speak

With hype and hyperbole over, the voters speak

Two fierce competitors who’ve given their all, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney now yield center stage to voters Tuesday for an Election Day choice that will frame the contours of government and the nation for years to come. After a grinding presidential campaign that packed suspense to the finish, Americans head into polling […]

Congress will be a problem for Obama or Romney

Congress will be a problem for Obama or Romney

No matter who is elected president, he’s likely to find that the next Congress will remain what the current one has been for President Barack Obama — a headache. Months of speeches, saturation TV advertising, uncountable events and more than $2 billion in campaign spending are coming together to produce a new Congress strikingly similar […]

Into the final stretch: Large crowds, high hopes and a tight finish

Into the final stretch: Large crowds, high hopes and a tight finish

Two days from judgment by the voters, President Barack Obama raced through four far-flung battleground states on Sunday while Mitt Romney ventured into traditionally Democratic Pennsylvania, seeking a breakthrough in a close race he mused aloud he might lose. Appearing before some of the largest crowds of the campaign, the two rivals stressed their differences […]

Storm could wash out campaign travel schedules

Storm could wash out campaign travel schedules

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney‘s meticulously arranged travel schedules, a crucial element of their final-stretch strategies, could be upended in the last full week before Election Day by a super storm barreling toward some battleground states. And it’s more than just travel that could be disrupted. A confluence of high wind, heavy rain, […]