Michele Bachmann: The new Sarah Palin?

Michele Bachmann: The new Sarah Palin?

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s smooth presidential debate performance, after years of fact-muffling and squirm-inducing hyperbole, stands to make her a bigger force in the Republican Party, posing problems for GOP leaders trying to put together a deal with President Barack Obama on reducing the nation’s debt. Bachmann resolutely opposes letting the government slide even deeper into […]

Romney survives GOP debate without scars

Romney survives GOP debate without scars

If Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich and other Republican presidential hopefuls feel they need to close the gap on front-runner Mitt Romney, they didn’t show it at the New Hampshire debate. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who leads in the early polls and fundraising efforts, had a surprisingly easy two hours Monday night. He looked calm […]

Congress returns to work without its Weiner

Congress returns to work without its Weiner

Congress returns to work on Monday, but at least one lawmaker won’t be there. Rep. Anthony Weiner starts this week on a temporary leave of absence, in treatment for an undisclosed disorder at an undisclosed location. He spent most of last week embroiled in a sexting scandal. Weiner has acknowledged exchanging messages and photos that […]

Obama’s prospects in Sunshine State anything but sunny

Obama’s prospects in Sunshine State anything but sunny

President Barack Obama has problems in Florida that he didn’t have when he won the prized state in 2008. The state’s economy is worse than elsewhere. Foreclosures are high. Property values are low. As president, Obama could be blamed. Voters’ shifting attitudes show the degree to which the atmosphere has changed since his first campaign. […]

Palin’s emails: Old media vs new

Palin’s emails: Old media vs new

The analysis of Sarah Palin’s emails over the past few days may end up teaching us more about the future of journalism than about the former Alaska governor’s past. Drawing on methods used by both Wikileaks and social networks, traditional news organizations such as The New York Times and The Washington Post used the Palin […]

Sexting addict Weiner won’t quit Congress, opts for leave of absence

Sexting addict Weiner won’t quit Congress, opts for leave of absence

Rejecting calls by Democratic leaders for him to resign in a sexting scandal, Rep. Anthony Weiner is instead seeking professional treatment and asking for a leave of absence from Congress. Weiner’s plan leaves top Democrats wrestling with how best to end the furor over the seven-term congressman’s misdeeds that could hurt the party’s prospects in […]

Timeline of a Weiner’s scandal

Timeline of a Weiner’s scandal

A timeline of events in the online sex scandal involving Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.: Friday, May 27: Weiner uses his Twitter account to send a waist-down photograph of a man’s underpants to a 21-year-old female college student in Seattle. He quickly deletes it and sends out a tweet saying that his Facebook account was hacked. […]

GOP Presidential field: Not much to brag about

GOP Presidential field: Not much to brag about

Newt Gingrich’s campaign defections are just the latest tremor in a constantly shifting GOP presidential landscape that craves some steadiness as a big, early New Hampshire debate nears. Rivals already were trying to poach Gingrich’s donors and top supporters Friday, even as the former House speaker said he would keep campaigning despite the resignations of […]

Mass exodus: Senior Gingrich campaign aides quit

Mass exodus: Senior Gingrich campaign aides quit

The entire top echelon of New Gingrich’s presidential campaign resigned on Thursday, a stunning mass exodus that left his bid for the Republican nomination in tatters. Rick Tyler, the former U.S. House speaker’s spokesman, said that he, campaign manager Rob Johnson and senior strategists had all quit, along with aides in the early primary and […]