Can Obama generate second-term momentum?

With its grand traditions and huge prime-time television audience, the State of the Union offers Obama an opportunity to start fresh after a year where his legislative agenda stalled.

Can Obama generate second-term momentum?

Struggling to generate second-term momentum, President Barack Obama will use Tuesday’s State of the Union address to announce new executive actions on job training and retirement security, while prodding a divided Congress to work harder on expanding economic mobility for middle class Americans. Obama’s broad themes — described by the White House as opportunity, action, […]

Republicans still a divided party in search of reality

"If our party doesn't unite, we're never going to win," said Jonelle Fulmer, a Republican National Committeewoman from Arkansas.

Republicans still a divided party in search of reality

The dueling faces of a conflicted political party were on display for all to see at the just-concluded Republican National Committee meeting. One was younger, more diverse and tech-savvy, part of the RNC’s carefully crafted plan to inspire confidence that the GOP is trying to grow beyond its shrinking, older, largely white base. The other […]

Arizona GOP considers John McCain ‘too liberal’

Sen. Jon Kyl told The Arizona Republic that the move was "wacky."

Arizona GOP considers John McCain ‘too liberal’

  The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain on Saturday, citing a voting record they say is insufficiently conservative. The resolution to censure McCain was approved by a voice-vote during a meeting of state committee members in Tempe, state party spokesman Tim Sifert said. It needed signatures from at least 20 percent of […]

Iowa Dems to Clinton: Run for President in 2016

Democrats gathered Saturday in Des Moines to build support for a potential Clinton White House bid.

Iowa Dems to Clinton: Run for President in 2016

Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn’t announced whether she will run for president in 2016. But her supporters in early voting Iowa are organizing anyway. Top Iowa Democrats gathered Saturday in Des Moines to build support for a potential Clinton White House bid. Craig Smith, a senior adviser to the Ready for Hillary super PAC, says he […]

Republicans still see Christie as ‘one of our own’

"Nothing helps like becoming what we see as a victim of the liberal-dominated media."

Republicans still see Christie as ‘one of our own’

Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may not be that popular among the rabid right that controls the Republican Party but that didn’t stop them from defending “one of our own” at the GOP Winter Meeting in Washington Friday. Calling Christie’s latest round of power-mad scandals a “speed bump” in his potential road to the […]

Clinton’s political machine gearing up for 2016

Clinton’s political machine gearing up for 2016

With the news that America’s largest liberal fundraising group is to back a Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016, a growing sense of inevitability is building around her prospective candidacy. The former secretary of state who once occupied the White House as first lady and narrowly lost the Democratic nomination in 2008, has been coy […]

Democrats say ‘no games’ on debt limit increase

House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans will demand concessions.

Democrats say ‘no games’ on debt limit increase

With House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan saying Republicans will, once again, put changes in Obamacare in the way of extending the nation’s debt limit, the Democrats Friday had a quick answer:  No way. Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Patty Murray said: We will not negotiate over whether or not the United States of America should […]

GOP gay political operative says farewell to party

"The Republicans can never win a national election again."

GOP gay political operative says farewell to party

Veteran GOP operative Jimmy LaSalvia is a rarity in the normally homophobic Republican party –an openly-gay activist who tried to bring the party of the elephant into more-mainstream thinking. But he’s giving up the fight, turning independent and telling the GOP to go screw itself. “I’ve determined that the Republicans can never win a national […]

Mike Huckabee on women: Open mouth, insert foot

Women cannot control "their libido or their reproductive system."

Mike Huckabee on women: Open mouth, insert foot

At a time when the Republican Party is claiming to “soften” its image with women voters and market itself as a “better choice” to the gender, right-wing firebrand Mike Huckabee opened his mouth and sent the party into a panic mode. Huckabee, speaking to the choir at the GOP winter meeting in Washington, said women […]

Rep. Ryan issues familiar threats against Obamacare

"There are issues with Obamacare," Ryan says.

Rep. Ryan issues familiar threats against Obamacare

In political rhetoric that has a familiar ring, Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin says his colleagues in the House of Representatives are planning another attack on Obamacare as a major part of their strategy as the nation approaches another debt limit crisis. “There are issues with Obamacare,” Ryan said in San Antonio Thursday.  A lot […]

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