Nevada Senate debate: Many disagreements, no common ground

Nevada Senate debate: Many disagreements, no common ground

Sixty minutes, two candidates and not a single moment of agreement. Instead, Republican Sharron Angle taunted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to “man up” Thursday night in their only debate of a close, caustic and costly race. Speaking more softly, Reid called her extreme, an ally of the special interests and advocate for jettisoning government […]

Like it or not, tea party is a factor in midterm elections

Like it or not, tea party is a factor in midterm elections

Weeks from the elections, the tea party has proven it’s no flash in the pan. More than 70 of its candidates are on ballots from coast to coast, and nearly three dozen are locked in competitive House races, according to a state-by-state analysis by The Associated Press. From the hundreds of conservative activists who took […]

Democrats scramble to save Harry Reid

Democrats scramble to save Harry Reid

Eager to protect their politically vulnerable Senate leader, Democrats plan to sink more than $2 million into Harry Reid’s home state of Nevada in the final weeks of the campaign, but have begun scaling back in Missouri where polls show their candidate trailing. The adjustments, described by officials from both parties, come as Republican-leaning outside […]

Foreclosure fury floods campaign trail

Foreclosure fury floods campaign trail

Three weeks before the election, anger over tainted home foreclosure documents is bursting into the battle for control of Congress, especially in hard-hit states such as Nevada and Florida. Democrats in tight races in the worst housing markets are pressing for a national moratorium, putting a reluctant White House on the spot. Leading the call […]

Rand Paul hedges on tax code revamp

Rand Paul hedges on tax code revamp

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul sidestepped questions Wednesday about revamping the federal tax code, a day after the tea party favorite took a stand to replace the income tax with a national sales tax. Paul, a limited-government advocate, said he supports a “simpler tax code” but wouldn’t offer specifics about his written comments to […]

Does COLA freeze hurt Social Security recipients?

Does COLA freeze hurt Social Security recipients?

Seniors will remain ahead of the inflation curve despite a second straight year without an increase in their Social Security benefits. Some seniors and their advocacy groups have raised the specter of millions of the elderly struggling to pay for food, utilities and health care under a benefit freeze. Struggle, many do, particularly those who […]

Court ruling on gays leaves Pentagon in limbo

Court ruling on gays leaves Pentagon in limbo

As the Obama administration considers appealing a judge’s order to stop the law prohibiting gays from serving openly in the military, some officers and service members say they are uncertain how to react. The Pentagon said Wednesday it had not issued written guidance on the ruling, and commanders in the field said they did not […]

While politicians debate, judge acts on ‘don’t ask don’t tell’

While politicians debate, judge acts on ‘don’t ask don’t tell’

A federal judge’s ruling that the military must stop its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy comes amid conflicting concerns of gays who think the government is moving too slowly to let them serve openly and Pentagon officials who believe that moving too quickly might disrupt a military engaged in war. Gay rights groups have said […]

Rand Paul: Scrap income tax, use sales tax

Rand Paul: Scrap income tax, use sales tax

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky says the federal tax code is a “disaster,” and he wants to replace the income tax with a retail sales tax. Paul said Tuesday that he would support changing the federal tax code to get rid of the Internal Revenue Service and the federal income tax. The […]

Foreign money in campaigns? More hype than fact

Foreign money in campaigns? More hype than fact

The Obama administration and its allies are going all out against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and GOP-leaning groups, accusing them of using foreign money to help finance political ads. Trouble is, they’re providing no evidence. The mere idea, lack of proof aside, is part of a Democratic message that tries to tie Republicans to […]