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GOP-tea party marriage: For better or worse

GOP-tea party marriage: For better or worse

Colorado Republicans are hosting a campaign tea party this fall, for better or worse. Or maybe for better and worse, in a jarring demonstration of the potential and peril generated by a political movement responsible for reshaping the 2010 election season. One statewide nominee, Ken Buck, won the primary with the support of tea party […]

Impossible dream: Finding truth in campaign ads

Impossible dream: Finding truth in campaign ads

Finding an actual fact in this season’s load of campaign ads is like panning for nuggets. There’s a lot of fool’s gold in the way. In this warped-lens world, a Democrat who votes against his party more than every other legislator except one is branded a lapdog of his party’s leadership. A federal deficit from […]

Nevada Senate debate: Many disagreements, no common ground

Nevada Senate debate: Many disagreements, no common ground

Sixty minutes, two candidates and not a single moment of agreement. Instead, Republican Sharron Angle taunted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to “man up” Thursday night in their only debate of a close, caustic and costly race. Speaking more softly, Reid called her extreme, an ally of the special interests and advocate for jettisoning government […]

John Boehner: The timebomb who could be Speaker

John Boehner: The timebomb who could be Speaker

Republican Representative John Boehner smokes, enjoys steak and red wine, has been known to lob rhetorical bombs — and could be the sharpest thorn in President Barack Obama‘s side come January. If Republicans retake the House of Representatives in November elections, as many analysts bet they will, Boehner will be the odds-on favorite to replace […]

Like it or not, tea party is a factor in midterm elections

Like it or not, tea party is a factor in midterm elections

Weeks from the elections, the tea party has proven it’s no flash in the pan. More than 70 of its candidates are on ballots from coast to coast, and nearly three dozen are locked in competitive House races, according to a state-by-state analysis by The Associated Press. From the hundreds of conservative activists who took […]

Bandito Obama? Billboard stirs protests

Bandito Obama? Billboard stirs protests

A billboard depicting Barack Obama as an Islamist suicide bomber, a gay and a Mexican bandit has triggered a storm of criticism in a western US city weeks ahead of crucial polls. The colourful poster of the US president — under the ironic slogan “Vote DemocRAT” — is attracting attention from media worldwide and from […]

Rand Paul hedges on tax code revamp

Rand Paul hedges on tax code revamp

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul sidestepped questions Wednesday about revamping the federal tax code, a day after the tea party favorite took a stand to replace the income tax with a national sales tax. Paul, a limited-government advocate, said he supports a “simpler tax code” but wouldn’t offer specifics about his written comments to […]

Poll: Republicans poised to take control of House

Poll: Republicans poised to take control of House

American voters unhappy at high unemployment are set to oust President Barack Obama’s Democrats from control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2 elections, a Reuters-Ipsos poll projected on Wednesday. The national poll found that Americans plan to vote for Republicans over Democratic candidates by 48 percent to 44 percent, an edge that […]

Does COLA freeze hurt Social Security recipients?

Does COLA freeze hurt Social Security recipients?

Seniors will remain ahead of the inflation curve despite a second straight year without an increase in their Social Security benefits. Some seniors and their advocacy groups have raised the specter of millions of the elderly struggling to pay for food, utilities and health care under a benefit freeze. Struggle, many do, particularly those who […]

Court ruling on gays leaves Pentagon in limbo

Court ruling on gays leaves Pentagon in limbo

As the Obama administration considers appealing a judge’s order to stop the law prohibiting gays from serving openly in the military, some officers and service members say they are uncertain how to react. The Pentagon said Wednesday it had not issued written guidance on the ruling, and commanders in the field said they did not […]