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Stephen Colbert on Capitol Hill: Whose bright idea was that?

Stephen Colbert on Capitol Hill: Whose bright idea was that?

There are congressional hearings and there are comedy shows, and the twain rarely meet. So when a House panel on immigration combined them on purpose last week with testimony from Stephen Colbert (kohl-BEHR’) and his “truthy” alter ego, debate broke out on the proper roles of the many celebrities — from Angelina Jolie to Bono […]

Americans don’t know a hell of a lot about religion

Americans don’t know a hell of a lot about religion

A new survey of Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths. Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn’t know that, according […]

GOP ‘Pledge’ driven by polls, not philosophy

GOP ‘Pledge’ driven by polls, not philosophy

Billed as a Pledge to America, the House Republican campaign manifesto is as much political straddle as conservative call to action, long on poll-tested goals, short on controversial specifics and designed to reassure independent voters who abandoned the party in the last two elections. “It’s not intended to be a party platform. It’s not intended […]

On-again, off-again tax cut off again until after election

On-again, off-again tax cut off again until after election

The White House and Democratic leaders in Congress said Sunday they would find a way to extend middle-class tax cuts after the November elections, unable to secure GOP backing before lawmakers break to campaign. “One way or the other, we’re going to get it done. And I believe the pressure is going to build among […]

Third party candidates could become spoilers in election

Third party candidates could become spoilers in election

Whether they are sore losers or never-say-die patriots, third-party candidates threaten to tip a handful of congressional and gubernatorial races to contenders who otherwise might have lost this fall. Nine-term Rep. Mike Castle of Delaware is the third prominent Republican to consider a third-party bid this year after a suffering a stinging setback at the […]

American opinions divided over Obamacare

American opinions divided over Obamacare

President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has divided the nation, and Republicans believe their call for repeal will help them win elections in November. But the picture’s not that clear cut. A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out […]

American soldiers still fighting in Iraq

American soldiers still fighting in Iraq

Since President Barack Obama declared an end to combat operations in Iraq, U.S. troops have waged a gun battle with a suicide squad in Baghdad, dropped bombs on armed militants in Baquba and assisted Iraqi soldiers in a raid in Falluja. Obama’s announcement on August 31 has not meant the end of fighting for some […]

Voters hate Democrats…and Republicans too

Voters hate Democrats…and Republicans too

If anyone is as scorned as much as Democrats these days, it’s Republicans — the very party that may recapture the House and perhaps the Senate in November’s elections. Yet Democrats face a problem, even as they try exploiting GOP unpopularity by warning against letting them run Congress. People who dislike Democrats seem ready to […]

Republicans could be playing into Democrats’ hands

Republicans could be playing into Democrats’ hands

Being simply the “party of no” against President Barack Obama has worked well for Republicans all year, and they’re poised for big election gains. But now, after internal GOP debate and relentless White House goading, Republicans eager to show voters that they’re ready to govern and that they stand for something have rolled out a […]

Angry independents add up to doom for Democrats

Angry independents add up to doom for Democrats

For the upcoming midterm elections, the theme is — once again — change but the change voters want is something Democrats ain’t offering. And Democrats face an increasing number of independents who say they are mad as hell about the way Democrats are running the country and they want change in Congress. In fact, independents […]