Politics

Ultra right-wing working hard for complete takeover of GOP

Ultra right-wing working hard for complete takeover of GOP

Virtually unknown outside Washington, a coalition of hardline conservative groups is fighting to seize control of the Republican agenda. Tea party allies like the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and Heritage Action for America showed their might by insisting that the GOP embrace the government shutdown that hurt the nation’s economy and the party’s reputation. Now […]

Bipartisanship in Iowa politics? Oh, get real

Bipartisanship in Iowa politics?  Oh, get real

Outside a state-of-the-art grain elevator, Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley talks of how Republicans and Democrats in Congress need to overcome differences that scuttled farm legislation last summer. A day later, he tells veterans at a rec center in his blue-collar, northern Iowa district that both parties should work together to help them. “The issues surrounding […]

GOP woes deepen a year after Romney debacle

GOP woes deepen a year after Romney debacle

A year after losing a presidential race many Republicans thought was winnable, the party arguably is in worse shape than before. The GOP is struggling to control tensions between its tea party and establishment wings and watching approval ratings sink to record lows. It’s almost quaint to recall that soon after Mitt Romney lost to […]

Business and GOP: ‘Bye, bye’ to tea party troublemakers

Business and GOP: ‘Bye, bye’ to tea party troublemakers

A slice of corporate America thinks tea partyers have overstayed their welcome in Washington and should be shown the door in next year’s congressional elections. In Michigan, longtime businessmen Brian Ellis and David Trott are challenging hardline conservative Reps. Justin Amash and Kerry Bentivolio in Republican primaries. This comes after three years of frustration over […]

Clinton: Beware of rabid right-wing ideologues

Clinton: Beware of rabid right-wing ideologues

Conservative ideologues are reliable voters who could threaten Democrat Terry McAuliffe‘s political chances, former President Bill Clinton warned Sunday as he joined his longtime buddy’s campaign for Virginia governor. With little more than a week before Nov. 5′s Election Day, McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli each have sought to energize their strongest supporters, by inspiration […]

JFK: Walking contradiction – partly truth, partly fiction

JFK: Walking contradiction – partly truth, partly fiction

Four days a week, David O’Donnell leads a 90-minute “Kennedy Tour” around Boston that features stops at government buildings, museums, hotels and meeting halls. Tour-goers from throughout the United States and abroad, who may see John F. Kennedy as inspiration, martyr or Cold War hero, hear stories of his ancestors and early campaigns, the rise […]

In Virginia, Cuccinelli scrambles for right-wing votes

In Virginia, Cuccinelli scrambles for right-wing votes

Ken Cuccinelli‘s campaign for governor of Virginia has always been a test of whether a deeply conservative Republican could win in a swing-voting state. For months, the attorney general — known outside his state for mounting the first-in-the-nation legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care law — was locked in a competitive race with […]

Obama to Dems: ‘We’ve got the better side’ of argument

Obama to Dems: ‘We’ve got the better side’ of argument

Regrouping with Democrats after a bitter budget fight, President Barack Obama on Friday cast the recent spending-and-debt standoff with Congress as “a symptom of a larger challenge” but one offering Democrats the chance to show voters the virtues of their vision for government ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. At the heart of the impasse […]