Budget debate will haunt both parties in election

Budget debate will haunt both parties in election

Democrats and Republicans are forcing votes in Congress this coming week on competing tax plans that affect millionaires and smaller businesses, and they know the proposals are doomed from the start. But that doesn’t matter to either party. Their efforts, including a Senate vote Monday on President Barack Obama’s “Buffett rule” proposal to impose a […]

Fact checking Romney’s NRA speech

Fact checking Romney’s NRA speech

Did Vice President Joe Biden really call for a new global business tax on U.S. companies operating abroad? Could it be true that half of high school students in the 50 largest cities don’t graduate? And is President Barack Obama pushing Roman Catholics to “violate the tenets of their faith” with his expansion of mandatory […]

Romney vows to protect gun owners

Romney vows to protect gun owners

The presidential campaign briefly veered from the emotional Mommy Wars on Friday to the back-burner issue of gun rights, with Mitt Romney telling the National Rifle Association that President Barack Obama is not protecting gun owners — even though the topic has rarely arisen during his time in office. Without offering details, Romney said that […]

Obama stands up for Ann Romney

Obama stands up for Ann Romney

President Barack Obama is sticking up for Ann Romney, the wife of Republican rival Mitt Romney and the target of a Democratic operative who suggested that she’s unqualified to speak about the economy’s tolls because she’s “never worked a day in her life.” “It was the wrong thing to say,” Obama told WCMH-TV in Columbus, […]

Time for Romney to mend fences

Time for Romney to mend fences

Now is the time for Mitt Romney to mend his Republican fences and bring around those dubious voters who kept spurning him for Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and others to the right. After a nasty primary battle, his challenge is to somehow excite the party’s staunchest conservatives without alienating the independent voters he’ll need to […]

Santorum sure sounded like a moderate in 2006

Santorum sure sounded like a moderate in 2006

Rick Santorum boasts that his deep conservative values make him a stronger challenger against President Barack Obama this fall than likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney. It’s an argument he is making in his home state of Pennsylvania, where a primary victory in two weeks is critical to a campaign already seen by many as all […]

Study says Obamacare increases nation’s deficit

Study says Obamacare increases nation’s deficit

Reigniting a debate about the bottom line for President Barack Obama’s health care law, a leading conservative economist estimates in a study to be released Tuesday that the overhaul will add at least $340 billion to the deficit, not reduce it. Charles Blahous, who serves as public trustee overseeing Medicare and Social Security finances, also […]

With nomination almost secure, Romney’s to-do list is growing

With nomination almost secure, Romney’s to-do list is growing

Mitt Romney faces a daunting to-do list as he transitions into the role of likely Republican presidential nominee. Among the tasks: Raise as much money as possible for the general election campaign against President Barack Obama. Hire more people and send them to the most critical states in the fall race. Hone his message to […]