Politics

Both sides look for political advantage in shutdown debable

Both sides look for political advantage in shutdown debable

Republicans and Democrats have wasted little time trying to use the first federal government shutdown in a generation for political advantage ahead of next year’s midterm elections, seizing on the plight of furloughed workers and shuttered government services to cast blame on each other. A year out from Election Day and just days into the […]

GOP Presidential wannabes look for good political angles in shutdown

GOP Presidential wannabes look for good political angles in shutdown

With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, Republican governors eyeing the 2016 presidential race are pitching themselves as can-do politicians and highlighting records of achievement. Although unstated, their goal is clear — draw a contrast with their prospective presidential challengers on Capitol Hill aligned with a vocal band of Republicans whose demands […]

No urgency found among politically safe lawmakers

No urgency found among politically safe lawmakers

The government shutdown could last for many days or even weeks because politically safe lawmakers in both parties feel little pressure to compromise. Heavily gerrymandered districts make many House Democrats and Republicans virtual shoo-ins for re-election, insulating them from everything but the views in their slice of the country. That means some lawmakers can be […]

Business leaders have had it with the GOP

Business leaders have had it with the GOP

Having failed to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown, business leaders fear bigger problems ahead, and they’re taking sides with a Democratic president whose health care and regulatory agenda they have vigorously opposed. President Barack Obama is embracing the business outreach, eager to employ groups like the U.S. Chamber […]

Heath care law battle reunites Obama with Bill Clinton

Heath care law battle reunites Obama with Bill Clinton

Health care is reuniting President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton. The two are set to appear together Tuesday to discuss Obama’s health care law at a session sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, the former president’s foundation. The joint appearance comes exactly one week before people who don’t have health insurance can start […]

Both campaigns silence rhetoric on 9/11 anniversary

Both campaigns silence rhetoric on 9/11 anniversary

It could be the only day before Nov. 6 without explicit partisan rancor. Both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney plan to take down their negative ads in honor of the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Neither planned to appear at overtly political events, although Election Day is never far from […]

Obama campaign caught in multiple lies over controversial anti-Romney ad

Obama campaign caught in multiple lies over controversial anti-Romney ad

The campaign of President Barack Obama lied not once, but at least twice, about both its knowledge and role in the use of a Missouri steelworker in a controversial pro-Obama SuperPAC political ad claiming the worker’s wife died of cancer after Mitt Romney‘s private equity firm laid him off. After disclosures that the steelworker previously […]

In an election year when war should be an issue, it is best to remember the lessons of Vietnam

In an election year when war should be an issue, it is best to remember the lessons of Vietnam

War should be a major issue in Campaign 2012. Sadly, it is not. Both incumbent President Barack Obama and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney support sending Americans to fight and die for questionable causes.  Afghanistan has become Obama’s Vietnam and Romney is a warmonger. Only Texas Congressman Ron Paul had the guts to stand up […]

Using music and images to make a political statement

Using music and images to make a political statement

Political protest and statement can come in many forms and activists have long used music to spread a message, be it “Give Peace a Chance” by John Lennon, “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie, “Draft Dodger Rag” by Phil Ochs or “We Shall Overcome,” the anthem of civil rights. Here at Capitol Hill […]