So much for Newt’s Southern strategy

So much for Newt’s Southern strategy

Newt Gingrich saw his presidential hopes all but dashed Tuesday in the Deep South, where he was rejected by voters in the very region that launched his storied political career more than three decades ago. The former House speaker placed second behind rival Rick Santorum in primaries in Mississippi and Alabama after banking his candidacy […]

Romney, Gingrich, Santorum in a battle for the South

Romney, Gingrich, Santorum in a battle for the South

Mitt Romney is working to seal his status as the Republican presidential front-runner with a thus-far-elusive victory in the Deep South. Closely fought primaries in Alabama and Mississippi offer the former Massachusetts governor a key opportunity in a region that has been slow to embrace him. Tuesday’s primaries are also poised to render a possible […]

Obamacare: The long plodding road to ‘reform’

Obamacare: The long plodding road to ‘reform’

It took only a year to set up Medicare. But if President Barack Obama’s health care law survives Supreme Court scrutiny, it will be nearly a decade before all its major pieces are in place. And that means even if Obama is re-elected, he won’t be in office to oversee completion of his signature domestic […]

Murder of Afghan civilians: The latest U.S. screwup in Afghanistan

Murder of Afghan civilians: The latest U.S. screwup in Afghanistan

The decade-long war in Afghanistan has spiraled into a series of U.S. missteps and violent outbreaks that have left few ardent political supporters. After NATO detained a U.S. soldier Sunday for allegedly killing sleeping Afghan villagers, Republicans and Democrats alike pointed to the stress on troops after years of fighting and reiterated calls to leave […]

Emails detail White House role in Shirley Sherrod firing

Emails detail White House role in Shirley Sherrod firing

White House officials were in close contact with the Agriculture Department in the hours leading up to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack‘s decision to fire USDA employee Shirley Sherrod in 2010, according to nearly 2,000 pages of internal emails released by the administration. Emails obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act don’t […]

Romney pads delegate lead but still has long way to go

Romney pads delegate lead but still has long way to go

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney padded his lead in the race for delegates Tuesday by winning Republican presidential contests in six states. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum added delegates by winning contests three states, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won the primary in Georgia, the state he used to represent in Congress. Romney won […]

Super Tuesday showdown: Hype or a defining day for GOP?

Super Tuesday showdown: Hype or a defining day for GOP?

On the eve of their Super Tuesday showdown, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum strained for an edge in Ohio on Monday and braced for the 10 primaries and caucuses likely to redefine the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Newt Gingrich, though winless for more than a month, campaigned in Tennessee and issued a stream […]