Is change simply for change’s sake worth the risk?

Is change simply for change’s sake worth the risk?

With just under a month to go before pivotal midterm elections, the campaign landscape is as muddled as any I’ve witnessed in 45 years of either covering politics as a journalist and working inside the system as an operative. Will Republicans recapture control of the House and/or the Senate? Will Tea Party candidates triumph over […]

Rahm must reintroduce himself to Chicago

Rahm must reintroduce himself to Chicago

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said he plans to hit Chicago’s grocery stores, train stops, “bowling alleys and hot dog stands” as he prepares to run for mayor of the nation’s third-largest city. Emanuel announced Sunday in a video posted on his website, ChicagoforRahm.com, that he’s preparing to run. He had been […]

Both parties play the economic blame game

Both parties play the economic blame game

If you don’t like the economy, blame President Barack Obama and Democrats because they’re making times tougher, Republicans are telling voters entering the four-week homestretch to an election the GOP hopes will return the party to power in Congress. Look, Democrats say, it’s the Republicans who caused the financial meltdown and recession. Do you want […]

Health care reform’s growing pains

Health care reform’s growing pains

It’s a centerpiece of President Barack Obama‘s health care remake, a lifeline available right now to vulnerable people whose medical problems have made them uninsurable. But the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan started this summer isn’t living up to expectations. Enrollment lags in many parts of the country. People who could benefit may not be able […]

As midterm elections approach, Democrats see hope

As midterm elections approach, Democrats see hope

After enduring months of bad news and gloomy political forecasts, some Democrats are seeing signs of hope that Republican gains in the November 2 congressional elections will not be as big as predicted. A modest boost in the party’s national poll numbers and an upturn for Democratic candidates in a few key states, particularly California […]

Republicans go out-of-state to raise campaign cash

Republicans go out-of-state to raise campaign cash

The private rooms at Carmine’s, a large Italian restaurant downtown, have been hopping with political donors at lunch this week. It’s a month to Election Day, and House and Senate candidates are searching far from home for last-minute campaign cash. This year, the pool of national donors is favoring Republicans, reversing the advantage Democratic candidates […]

Bye bye Rahm Emanuel, hello Pete Rouse

Bye bye Rahm Emanuel, hello Pete Rouse

President Barack Obama is making official what has been clear for days: Rahm Emanuel, the relentless enforcer of his agenda as White House chief of staff, is resigning. The job Emanuel wants now is mayor of Chicago, where his next fierce political fight awaits. What Emanuel leaves behind is more than a staff job. It […]

Boehner: House is ‘broken’

Boehner: House is ‘broken’

The top Republican in the House of Representatives proposed on Thursday that lawmakers be forced to cut federal spending to offset the cost of any new program. Taking a swipe at fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, John Boehner said “this institution is broken” and earned its reputation for “fiscal recklessness.” Boehner, in line to […]