New York’s latest sex scandal is deja vu all over again

New York’s latest sex scandal is deja vu all over again

  It was an odd assignment for the young, pretty staffer when she was ordered to go along on a trip to Atlantic City with her boss. But the reason soon became clear. She said she spent much of the trip struggling to fend off the advances and kisses of 72-year-old Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez. […]

Obama, in two-minute TV spot, promotes ‘new economic patriotism’

Obama, in two-minute TV spot, promotes ‘new economic patriotism’

President Barack Obama is pitching a broad economic argument to voters ahead of next week’s debate with Republican opponent Mitt Romney, buying TV time in seven battleground states to promote what he calls a “new economic patriotism.” In a two-minute ad, Obama looks into the camera as he promotes an economic plan he says will […]

Obama, Romney spar over foreign policy and U.S. image abroad

Obama, Romney spar over foreign policy and U.S. image abroad

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are sparring over how best to address U.S. challenges abroad in nearly back-to-back addresses at the Clinton Global Initiative‘s annual meeting. Following deadly anti-American protests in Muslim countries over the past two weeks, Romney was to outline plans Tuesday to rework the U.S. foreign aid system, tying […]

Focus on campaign issues: Same sex marriage

Focus on campaign issues: Same sex marriage

The issue: On one aspect of whether same-sex couples should have the right to marry, both sides agree: The issue defines what kind of nation we are. Half a dozen states and the District of Columbia have made history by legalizing it, but it’s prohibited elsewhere, and 30 states have placed bans in their constitutions. […]

Obama’s tax offensive aimed directly at Romney

Obama’s tax offensive aimed directly at Romney

President Barack Obama’s campaign is launching a new offensive Monday against Republican Mitt Romney, blasting the GOP nominee for criticizing Americans who don’t pay income taxes without having “come clean” about his own. The campaign started the new push with a television advertisement, its first spot using Romney’s comments that 47 percent of voters pay […]

Can Todd Akin rebuild his Senate campaign after rape remark?

Can Todd Akin rebuild his Senate campaign after rape remark?

Written off by many in his own party a mere month ago, Republican Rep. Todd Akin has been slowly rebuilding his Senate campaign after apologizing for inflammatory remarks about pregnancy and rape. Now Akin is approaching a critical week that could determine whether his re-emerging campaign can gain enough momentum to put Missouri back in […]

Obama planning new trade sanctions against China

Obama planning new trade sanctions against China

President Barack Obama is launching a new trade enforcement case against China as he seeks an advantage over Republican rival Mitt Romney on an economic issue that has become a flashpoint in the presidential campaign. Senior administration officials said Obama will announce the new action, targeting Chinese subsidies for exports of automobiles and automobile parts, […]

Campaign 2012 gets an October surprise in September

Campaign 2012 gets an October surprise in September

Septembers shock, Octobers surprise, early Novembers can knock a campaign sideways. In a presidential race’s waning weeks, almost anything can happen — bedlam in the Middle East, financial panic at home, a scandal in the headlines. And as Election Day ticks closer, candidates get less and less time to absorb the blow. Sometimes the kind […]