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Rahm Emanuel Releases First Ad Of Chicago Mayoral Bid (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON — In a formal launching of his candidacy for mayor of Chicago, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel released his first television ad of the cycle on Sunday. The spot — announced via the twitter account of top aide, Ben LaBolt — emphasizes Emanuel’s candidacy as an opportunity for the city to […]

Social Security Judges Face Violent Threats

WASHINGTON — Judges who hear Social Security disability cases are facing a growing number of violent threats from claimants angry over being denied benefits or frustrated at lengthy delays in processing claims. There were at least 80 threats to kill or harm administrative law judges or staff over the past year – an 18 percent […]

Newbies get a crash course in being a Congressman

Newbies get a crash course in being a Congressman

Where to live? Whom to hire? What’s a voting card — and where are the bathrooms? More than 100 members of Congress arrive in Washington this coming week for the first time since winning election, trading the loftiness of campaign speeches for mundane lessons in how to do their new jobs. It’s freshman orientation on […]

Richard Klass: Taming the Lame Duck

The lame duck session of the 110th Congress starts tomorrow. Three issues will frame the lame duck session of Congress and determine the second half of President Obama’s first term. Handled well and the first two years will also look brighter. Handled poorly, and they will look worse. The first is the extension of the […]

Joe Miller: I’ll Only Keep Fighting If I Can Win

JUNEAU, Alaska — Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller is watching absentee ballots from military voters as he takes his next steps in Alaska’s still-undecided Senate race. Miller, who visited the vote counting center in Juneau Saturday, said he doesn’t intend to spend a lot of time and energy fighting over ballots if the math doesn’t […]

Blue Dog Democrat Vows To Challenge Pelosi — And Lose

WASHINGTON — Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) continued on Sunday to threaten a challenge against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) should she, as announced, make a play for the post of Minority Leader in the next Congress. But even the North Carolina Democrat acknowledged that his hypothetical bid would be fully quixotic and ultimately fruitless. “Obviously if […]

Election showcases Obama’s eroding base

Election showcases Obama’s eroding base

Near the midpoint of his presidency, Barack Obama‘s diverse voter coalition reveals giant cracks and he faces major work repairing his standing among independents in states crucial to his re-election chances. Catholics. Older people. Women. Young adults. They shifted toward Republicans in this month’s elections and failed to support Obama’s Democratic Party as they did […]

David Axelrod Announces He Will Leave White House

WASHINGTON — Top Obama administration adviser David Axelrod says he will leave the White House in the first half of next year to begin the president’s re-election campaign. Axelrod told “Fox News Sunday” that he would return to Chicago in “late winter, early spring” to start work. The 55-year-old Axelrod is a longtime friend of […]

Jim DeMint Would Accept Compromise On Bush Tax Cuts

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), the Pied Piper of the incoming congressional class of Tea Party pols, said on Sunday that he would be open to a compromise proposal on the expiring Bush tax cuts. Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” the South Carolina Republican was asked if he could feasibly vote for a package that saw […]