GOP strategy: Lose repeal, win election

GOP strategy: Lose repeal, win election

To hear Senate Republicans tell it, the defeat of their attempt to repeal the Democrats’ health care overhaul was really a victory of sorts on the long the march to the 2012 congressional and presidential elections. The repeal effort sank Wednesday along party lines, 51-47 as expected. But in the process, Republicans forced Democrats on […]

Monster storm heads for midwest

Monster storm heads for midwest

The Midwest braced for a massive and potentially dangerous winter storm on Monday with forecasts of up to 2 feet of snow and strong winds that could make travel virtually impossible. The Rockies got an early blast from an ice storm that glazed the Denver metropolitan area on Monday, snarling traffic and forcing delays at […]

Bush’s daughter supports gay marriage

Bush’s daughter supports gay marriage

One of former President George W. Bush’s twin daughters says she supports gay marriage. The national gay rights group Human Rights Campaign has released a video featuring 29-year old Barbara Bush. Barbara Bush calls herself “a New Yorker for marriage equality” and says people should be able to marry the person they love. The former […]

Cairo flooded with protestors today

Cairo flooded with protestors today

More than a quarter-million people flooded into the heart of Cairo Tuesday, filling the city’s main square in by far the largest demonstration in a week of unceasing demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power. Protesters streamed into Tahrir, or Liberation, Square, among them people defying a government transportation […]

With court hearings done, the Chicago mayor’s race begins

With court hearings done, the Chicago mayor’s race begins

The race for Chicago mayor entered its final weeks Friday with most major candidates back on the campaign trail, finding new ways to criticize front-runner Rahm Emanuel after the Illinois Supreme Court decided questions about his residency would not derail his campaign. Emanuel leads in the polls and has tons more money than his three […]

Rules may come and go, but the filibuster lives forever

Rules may come and go, but the filibuster lives forever

The filibuster lives on. The Senate voted overwhelmingly late Thursday to reject efforts to change its rules to restrict the blockades that have sown gridlock and discord in recent years on Capitol Hill. Instead, senators settled on a more modest measure to prevent single lawmakers from anonymously holding up legislation and nominations, and the parties’ […]

Health care ain’t what it’s cracked up to be

Health care ain’t what it’s cracked up to be

It’s a striking statistic. Without President Barack Obama‘s health care law, as many as 129 million Americans — half of those under age 65 — could be denied coverage or charged more because of a pre-existing medical condition. The new estimate by the Health and Human Services Department is more than twice as high as […]

Surprise! Republicans want fewer regulations; Democrats want more!

Surprise! Republicans want fewer regulations; Democrats want more!

House Republicans launched a tirade Wednesday at Obama administration regulations, reversing what had been an unusual display of unity hours earlier at the president’s State of the Union speech. In one of the first hearings of the Republican-run Congress, GOP lawmakers accused unelected administration bureaucrats of issuing rules that cost American jobs. Democrats insisted those […]