Gay rights bill headed for approval in Senate

Gay rights bill headed for approval in Senate

The Senate pushed a major anti-bias gay rights bill past a first, big hurdle Monday, a clear sign of Americans’ greater acceptance of homosexuality nearly two decades after the law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriage. The vote of 61-30 essentially ensured that the Senate has the votes to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that […]

In elections from coast to coast, voters take over

In elections from coast to coast, voters take over

From rural Iowa to urban New York, voters across America will render judgment in a slate of political contests Tuesday, including in New Jersey and Virginia where gubernatorial race outcomes could highlight the Republican Party division between pragmatists and ideologues. Elsewhere, Colorado voters will set a tax rate for marijuana. New York City will elect […]

A push in Congress to restore Obama’s health care pledge

A push in Congress to restore Obama’s health care pledge

Little more than a week after millions of consumers received health care cancellation notices, lawmakers in both parties are pushing legislation to redeem President Barack Obama’s long-ago pledge that anyone liking their coverage will be allowed to keep it under the nation’s controversial new law. The result is a stern new challenge for the White […]

Obama’s drop in public approval may be irreversible

Obama’s drop in public approval may be irreversible

Insiders say it is hard for the President to accept, but Barack Obama’s personal appeal and public approval ratings aren’t what they once were. In his first term, Obama’s personal favorability ratings gave him protection from the economic recession, bruising confrontations with Congressional Republicans and re-election prospects that seemed questionable until Republicans put up a […]

GOP Senator wants ‘pause’ in implementing Obamacare

GOP Senator wants ‘pause’ in implementing Obamacare

Sensing an opportune time, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is asking for a pause in the Obamacare rollout as anxiety grows about troubles with the federal website for buying insurance and possibly low numbers of people signing up for coverage. “I’m calling on the president now to say, ‘Let’s have a time-out on this.’ Mr. President, […]

Nevada GOP Senator gives major boost to gay rights bill

Nevada GOP Senator gives major boost to gay rights bill

Proponents of a gay rights bill gained crucial support in the Senate on Monday as a Nevada Republican announced he backed the measure because “discrimination must not be tolerated under any circumstance.” Hours before a test vote, Sen. Dean Heller expressed his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, joining all 55 members of the Democratic […]

White House uses Twitter to spin issues

White House uses Twitter to spin issues

Besieged by unflattering stories about the launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare program, the White House saw a news report that it wanted to swiftly knock down. It was from NBC, which said that Obama had overpromised when he said Americans who liked their insurance could keep it, and that the president knew that many […]

More and more Democrats view Obamacare as liability

More and more Democrats view Obamacare as liability

Obamacare emerged pretty much intact from the government shutdown and debt threat debacle but the program now appears in danger of imploding within and Democrats who once supported the President’s signature health care “reform” now see it as a potential liability in upcoming 2014 midterm elections. Those who most fear potential damage from the constant […]