Democrats to Pelosi: Time to quit

Democrats to Pelosi: Time to quit

In a fresh sign of turmoil among defeated Democrats, a growing number of the rank and file say they won’t support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a politically symbolic roll call when the new Congress meets in January. “The reality is that she is politically toxic,” said Illinois Rep. Mike Quigley, one of several Democrats […]

Foreclosures drop 9 percent in October

Foreclosures drop 9 percent in October

The number of U.S. homes repossessed by lenders last month fell by the sharpest margin this year, as several major lenders temporarily halted most or all of their foreclosures amid allegations thousands of foreclosures were handled improperly. Home repossessions dropped 9 percent from September to October, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. The decline […]

Obama: ‘Indonesia is a part of me’

Obama: ‘Indonesia is a part of me’

Declaring that “Indonesia is part of me,” President Barack Obama issued a strikingly personal appeal to the Muslim world to join the West in an unrelenting battle to defeat al-Qaida and violent extremism. After his speech in Jakarta, Obama flew to South Korea and a meeting of the Group of 20 major economic powers in […]

Advice to newbies: Details, details, details

Advice to newbies: Details, details, details

Be work horses, not show horses. Choose details over drama. The small stuff? Sweat it. And do it fast. Republicans retaking control of the House in January are getting lessons from veterans of the past two transitions of power on Capitol Hill — 1994, when the GOP last took control of Congress, and 2006, when […]

Is Boehner more of a crybaby than Pelosi?

Is Boehner more of a crybaby than Pelosi?

Got hankies? The next speaker is a weeper. If soon-to-be-ousted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is known for her steely smile and composure, her replacement, John Boehner, has a reputation for tearing up. It starts with a quaver in the Ohio Republican’s voice. Then there’s a pregnant pause as he tries — usually unsuccessfully — to […]

Republicans tap two tea party winners for transition help

Republicans tap two tea party winners for transition help

To help lead the GOP‘s transition to power in the House, Republicans on Monday tapped two newly elected congressmen who drew tea party backing in their campaigns. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Tim Scott of South Carolina, who won endorsements by Sarah Palin and support from tea party activists, are part of a 22-member team […]

Too much money in elections? Just wait

Too much money in elections? Just wait

All those campaign ads and cash? Just wait until 2012. The next election will bring an explosion of political money — perhaps hundreds of millions more than ever before — without effective spending limits, a fundraising bar raised sky high by Barack Obama in his presidential campaign in 2008 and multimillion-dollar fuel added by Republican […]

Hyper-texting teens more likely to screw, get high

Hyper-texting teens more likely to screw, get high

Teens who text 120 times a day or more — and there seems to be a lot of them — are more likely to have had sex or used alcohol and drugs than kids who don’t send as many messages, according to provocative new research. The study’s authors aren’t suggesting that “hyper-texting” leads to sex, […]

Olbermann suspension ends Tuesday

Olbermann suspension ends Tuesday

MSNBC says Keith Olbermann will be back on the air Tuesday, ending his suspension for violating NBC’s rules against making political donations after two shows. MSNBC’s chief executive Phil Griffin said late Sunday that after several days of deliberation, he had determined that two days off the air was “an appropriate punishment for his violation […]

Uh oh…Republicans control redistricting too

Uh oh…Republicans control redistricting too

Republicans don’t just control much of the electoral map. In some cases, they now have the power to redraw it. Overwhelming victories in statehouses and governors’ races across the country this week have placed the GOP in command of redrawing both congressional and legislative districts to conform with Census results. It’s a grueling and politically […]