Stephen Colbert on Capitol Hill: Whose bright idea was that?

Stephen Colbert on Capitol Hill: Whose bright idea was that?

There are congressional hearings and there are comedy shows, and the twain rarely meet. So when a House panel on immigration combined them on purpose last week with testimony from Stephen Colbert (kohl-BEHR’) and his “truthy” alter ego, debate broke out on the proper roles of the many celebrities — from Angelina Jolie to Bono […]

Americans don’t know a hell of a lot about religion

Americans don’t know a hell of a lot about religion

A new survey of Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths. Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn’t know that, according […]

GOP ‘Pledge’ driven by polls, not philosophy

GOP ‘Pledge’ driven by polls, not philosophy

Billed as a Pledge to America, the House Republican campaign manifesto is as much political straddle as conservative call to action, long on poll-tested goals, short on controversial specifics and designed to reassure independent voters who abandoned the party in the last two elections. “It’s not intended to be a party platform. It’s not intended […]

Desperate Democrats try to rebrand themselves

Desperate Democrats try to rebrand themselves

Rep. Dina Titus has been a loyal soldier in pushing the Democrats’ ambitious agenda, voting for health care legislation, extended unemployment benefits, new energy taxes and a repeal of the military’s ban on gays serving openly. Her campaign signs, however, proclaim Titus an “independent voice” for Nevadans. Aware that their stock has taken the same […]

On-again, off-again tax cut off again until after election

On-again, off-again tax cut off again until after election

The White House and Democratic leaders in Congress said Sunday they would find a way to extend middle-class tax cuts after the November elections, unable to secure GOP backing before lawmakers break to campaign. “One way or the other, we’re going to get it done. And I believe the pressure is going to build among […]

Third party candidates could become spoilers in election

Third party candidates could become spoilers in election

Whether they are sore losers or never-say-die patriots, third-party candidates threaten to tip a handful of congressional and gubernatorial races to contenders who otherwise might have lost this fall. Nine-term Rep. Mike Castle of Delaware is the third prominent Republican to consider a third-party bid this year after a suffering a stinging setback at the […]

American opinions divided over Obamacare

American opinions divided over Obamacare

President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has divided the nation, and Republicans believe their call for repeal will help them win elections in November. But the picture’s not that clear cut. A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out […]

Pelosi: Tax cut vote possible before election

Pelosi: Tax cut vote possible before election

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, under pressure to send Democrats home to campaign with the strongest possible closing argument, said Friday she is considering calling a vote on extending middle-class tax cuts next week. Democrats, however, are divided on whether forcing a recorded vote on the issue before congressional elections in November would be politically helpful […]

Voters hate Democrats…and Republicans too

Voters hate Democrats…and Republicans too

If anyone is as scorned as much as Democrats these days, it’s Republicans — the very party that may recapture the House and perhaps the Senate in November’s elections. Yet Democrats face a problem, even as they try exploiting GOP unpopularity by warning against letting them run Congress. People who dislike Democrats seem ready to […]

Republicans could be playing into Democrats’ hands

Republicans could be playing into Democrats’ hands

Being simply the “party of no” against President Barack Obama has worked well for Republicans all year, and they’re poised for big election gains. But now, after internal GOP debate and relentless White House goading, Republicans eager to show voters that they’re ready to govern and that they stand for something have rolled out a […]