Cruz’s victory increases chances of no-compromise government gridlock

Cruz’s victory increases chances of no-compromise government gridlock

The easy victory of Houston lawyer Ted Cruz in the Republican U.S. Senate runoff in Texas shows the tea party movement remains a potent force in American politics. It also highlights an anti-establishment frustration among voters, especially grass-roots conservative activists, which could influence national elections in November. Cruz, a tea party favorite, defeated Lt. Gov. […]

Obama, Romney carpet bomb key states with economic propaganda

Obama, Romney carpet bomb key states with economic propaganda

Pressing their economic arguments, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are campaigning in three of the most tightly contested states, looking to build enthusiasm with a public otherwise preoccupied with vacations, the Olympics and the sweltering August heat. Obama was traveling to Florida and Virginia on Thursday, continuing to draw attention to a Romney […]

A Democrat pitching tax cuts? Yep, that’s Obama’s message

A Democrat pitching tax cuts?  Yep, that’s Obama’s message

Dueling with Republicans on taxes, President Barack Obama is urging the House to pass a tax cut for households earning less than $250,000 a year and drawing a bright line with rival Mitt Romney on a pocketbook issue for voters. Obama was making campaign stops in Republican-friendly Mansfield and the Democratic stronghold of Akron on […]

Third party candidates: Obama’s best friends?

Third party candidates: Obama’s best friends?

Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party are on quixotic runs for the presidency. While they are long shots, they conceivably stand a chance at influencing the election. Until recently both were Republican officeholders — Johnson as a two-term governor of New Mexico and Goode as a congressman from […]

Democrats bring in the big dog for their convention

Democrats bring in the big dog for their convention

Former President Bill Clinton will have a marquee role in this summer’s Democratic National Convention, where he will make a forceful case for President Barack Obama’s re-election and his economic vision for the country, several Obama campaign and Democratic party officials said Sunday. The move gives the Obama campaign an opportunity to take advantage of […]

Obama, GOP continue petty, partisan, political sniping

Obama, GOP continue petty, partisan, political sniping

New day, old bickering between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans. Obama used his Saturday radio and Internet address to finger GOP lawmakers for a stalemate that could increase taxes on Americans next year. A leading Republican senator cast the president and his Democratic Party as obstructionists who want to place the tax burden on […]

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. transferred to Mayo Clinic

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. transferred to Mayo Clinic

The announcement that Jesse Jackson Jr. had been transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota pinned down his whereabouts for the first time in weeks and gave clear confirmation that the Illinois congressman is suffering from depression. It also was the first mention that he’s now being treated for a “gastrointestinal issue,” which some experts […]

Lots of doom and gloom in economic outlook

Lots of doom and gloom in economic outlook

A U.S. economy that plodded along in the first three months of the year likely grew even less in the April-June quarter. And most economists no longer think growth will strengthen much in the second half of 2012. Weaker hiring, nervous consumers, sluggish manufacturing and the overhang of Europe’s debt crisis might be pointing toward […]

White House: New gun laws? We don’t need no stinkin’ new gun laws

White House: New gun laws? We don’t need no stinkin’ new gun laws

President Barack Obama will not push for stricter gun laws this election year, the White House said Thursday, one day after his impassioned remarks about the need to keep assault weapons off the streets suggested he may plunge into that political fight and challenge Congress to act. Instead, Obama’s stand on the government’s role ended […]