Dems scramble to avoid slaughter in midterms

Dems scramble to avoid slaughter in midterms

Under no illusions about their challenges this fall, Democrats are expressing optimism that the party’s financial might and voter turnout operations will help stem widespread losses. The GOP’s governing track record may help, too, they say. “There’s a lot of doom and gloom about it, but I think we’re going to do a lot better […]

Covering the troop withdrawal

Covering the troop withdrawal

Nowhere was the difference between the cable news networks on starker display than in prime-time coverage on the night the last American combat brigade left Iraq following a war that started seven years and five months ago. MSNBC devoted its entire prime-time footprint to the story, with Richard Engel riding with the troops in a […]

Memo to Sarah: Your 15 minutes of fame are over

Memo to Sarah: Your 15 minutes of fame are over

It’s been a summer of setbacks for Sarah Palin. Candidate “cubs” endorsed by the Mama Grizzly in Chief have been suffering a recent string of primary election losses. The Republicans’ 2008 vice presidential nominee promised a pack of “mama grizzly” candidates would rise up and defeat Democrats in this November’s elections. But office-seekers she supported […]

Too many Americans incorrectly call Obama Muslim

Too many Americans incorrectly call Obama Muslim

Americans increasingly are convinced — incorrectly — that President Barack Obama is a Muslim, and a growing number are thoroughly confused about his religion. Nearly one in five people, or 18 percent, said they think Obama is Muslim, up from the 11 percent who said so in March 2009, according to a poll released Thursday. […]

Obama’s freefall continues

Obama’s freefall continues

President Barack Obama earned his lowest marks ever on his handling of the economy in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which also found that an overwhelming majority of Americans now describe the nation’s financial outlook as poor. A frustrated electorate could take it out on the party in power — Obama’s Democrats — in the […]

Lone holdout saved Blago

Lone holdout saved Blago

They were close. After three weeks of respectful but increasingly tense deliberations, 11 jurors were ready to convict Rod Blagojevich of what prosecutors called a “political corruption crime spree” that would have sent yet another former Illinois governor to prison. Not close enough. On vote after vote, the jury kept coming up one juror short […]

Dr. Laura calling it quits

Dr. Laura calling it quits

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the talk show host who recently apologized for saying the N-word 11 times to a caller on the air, said Tuesday she plans to give up her radio show when her contract is up at the end of this year. The conservative advice maven made the announcement on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” […]

CIA tapes reveal how U.S. treats terror suspects

CIA tapes reveal how U.S. treats terror suspects

The CIA has tapes of 9/11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh being interrogated in a secret overseas prison. Discovered under a desk, the recordings could provide an unparalleled look at how foreign governments aided the U.S. in holding and questioning suspected terrorists. The two videotapes and one audiotape are believed to be the only remaining recordings made […]

Mosque controversy another problem for Democrats

Mosque controversy another problem for Democrats

Add another election-year hurdle for Democrats: President Barack Obama‘s forceful defense of the right of Muslims to build a mosque near the World Trade Center site. His comments are giving Republicans a campaign-year cudgel and forcing Democrats to address a divisive issue within weeks of midterm contests that will decide the balance of power in […]

Name-calling dominates campaigns

Name-calling dominates campaigns

Name-calling is a winner this campaign season. By a landslide. In Illinois, dueling political wordsmiths long ago cast the Senate race as a choice between a “mob banker” and a “serial liar.” The rivals are more generally known as Alexi Giannoulias, the Democrat, and Rep. Mark Kirk, the Republican. One of them will soon trade […]