Partisan panel picks prompt pessimism

Partisan panel picks prompt pessimism

Republicans named a mix of partisans and pragmatists on Wednesday to the new congressional committee charged with striking a debt-cutting compromise. While members of both parties expressed urgency over controlling surging budget shortfalls, others were pessimistic that the bipartisan panel would overcome deep political divides. With nine of the committee’s 12 members selected, Washington began […]

Bachmann’s claim: ‘I’m a real person’

Bachmann’s claim: ‘I’m a real person’

Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann says she’s “lived a real life” and isn’t a politician. “I didn’t go to Washington to be a politician,” the Minnesota congresswoman said Wednesday. “I’m not a politician. I’m a real person who believes in America and job growth and job creation.” Although she was elected to Congress in 2006, […]

Iowa straw poll: Part politics, part circus, all hype

Iowa straw poll: Part politics, part circus, all hype

There’s a hefty dose of circus mixed with deadly serious politics in the Iowa Republican straw poll. The event Saturday will mark the first time Republicans in Iowa indicate publicly whom they want as their 2012 presidential nominee. It’s a test vote of sorts that comes months before the precinct caucuses that kick off the […]

S&P downgrade: Economics or politics?

S&P downgrade: Economics or politics?

The S&P downgrade was more of a statement on the toxic political landscape in Washington than a comment on the nation’s ability to pay its bills. But S&P has its own checkered history. Just a few years ago, the company gave its top triple-A rating to some of the mortgage-backed securities that helped cause the […]