Politics

Worried Democrats distance themselves from Obamacare

Worried Democrats distance themselves from Obamacare

Democrats running for re-election in Arkansas, Louisiana and other Republican-leaning states faced enough problems before President Barack Obama’s popularity swooned in November. Now they are awkwardly distancing themselves from him a year before the election, seeking the right balance between independence and betrayal. A popular president can help his party’s candidates for Congress and governor […]

Liberals retaking control in New York

Liberals retaking control in New York

With Bill de Blasio taking office as mayor in January, New York City appears poised for a resurgence of liberal policies. After 20 years of Republican leadership, not only will America’s largest city have the most liberal mayor in a generation, helping him implement change will be a progressive-leaning City Council and a longtime liberal […]

Republicans see Obamacare as a never-ending gift

Republicans see Obamacare as a never-ending gift

In its current disarray, Obamacare is providing Republicans with a steady stream of stories that any campaign manager would consider priceless: tales of ordinary people, some dreadfully ill, with canceled health insurance thanks to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. But what if the HealthCare.gov website gets fixed soon, as the Obama administration has promised, and […]

Crackdown on political activity by tax-exempt groups

Crackdown on political activity by tax-exempt groups

The Obama administration Tuesday launched a bid to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning. The effort is an attempt to reduce the role of loosely regulated big-money political outfits like GOP political guru Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and the pro-Obama Priorities USA. The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department said […]

Immigration: A political challenge for Republicans

Immigration: A political challenge for Republicans

For most Republicans in the U.S. Congress, a large gathering of Hispanic voters to discuss immigration would be politically perilous – an invitation to complaints about the party’s longtime resistance to measures aimed at helping undocumented immigrants. But when Republican Rep. Jeff Denham walked into a meeting with hundreds of his Hispanic constituents at a […]

A Dreamworks backdrop for Obama’s economic pitch

A Dreamworks backdrop for Obama’s economic pitch

President Barack Obama is wrapping up a three-day West Coast tour by making an economic pitch at the studio of movie producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of his top fundraisers and political supporters. Obama will push his economic agenda at DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, Calif., on Tuesday. Before delivering his remarks, Obama planned to meet with […]

Business PACs continue to back tea party candidates

Business PACs continue to back tea party candidates

Business groups waged a fierce lobbying campaign last month to convince Republicans to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling, but many of the most influential U.S. corporations have not cut off support to lawmakers who did not heed their appeal. Eight of the most active business PACs wrote checks totaling $84,750 to 56 […]