Michele Bachmann’s Growing Popularity Puts GOP On The Spot

She is a driving force on cable television, a provocative, ubiquitous voice in a world where the distinction between personality and power is increasingly blurred. Now, with Republicans poised to retake the House, lawmakers are watching Ms. Bachmann to see if she can harness her status as an uncompromising — and sometimes undisciplined — spokeswoman […]

In business outreach, Obama mulls lobby group speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is considering giving a speech in January to the Chamber of Commerce, a major business lobby, as part of a new outreach to corporations, a White House official said on Saturday. Read the full story

Carole Bayer Sager: Dancing With the Tea Party

Sarah Palin has recently stated that she believes that she could beat Obama in 2012. I would have said that was ridiculous until I saw that her daughter Bristol is now heading to the finals in this coming Monday’s Dancing With The Stars. As Brandy hung her head and cried during her elimination on Tuesday […]

Obama sees end to Afghan combat mission by the end of 2014

LISBON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said for the first time on Saturday his goal was to end the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and to significantly reduce the number of U.S. troops deployed there by then. Read the full story

Nuclear treaty failure could hit U.S.-Russia ties: Gates

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned on Saturday that failure to ratify the New START nuclear treaty would have “significant consequences” and could affect U.S.-Russian cooperation on issues like Iran’s nuclear program and the Afghanistan war. Read the full story

Jonathan Ellerby: Politics, Change, and YOU–Where do you stand?

The political landscape is changing by the minute in America but one thing remains steady and growing: the endless cycles of blaming, complaining and name-calling. As a parent, if I saw children on the playground behaving as our politicians do in the media, I would be deeply disappointed and would address the behavior as unacceptable. […]

GOP Senator Off The Hook After $96,000 Paid To Mistress

WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint against Sen. John Ensign over a $96,000 payment his parents made to his former mistress and her family. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a campaign finance watchdog group, announced Friday that the commission had dismissed its complaint against Ensign, his parents, his campaign […]