Barack Obama

Amazingly, Giffords’ condition continues to improve

Amazingly, Giffords’ condition continues to improve

In yet another sign of significant recovery during a remarkable week, the gravely wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was upgraded from critical to serious condition Sunday after a procedure to remove her from a ventilator was successful. Doctors have been positive, and at time almost giddy, in describing her progress since she was shot point […]

Public opinion on health care law rises

Public opinion on health care law rises

As lawmakers shaken by the shooting of a colleague return to the health care debate, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds raw feelings over President Barack Obama’s overhaul have subsided. Ahead of a vote on repeal in the GOP-led House this week, strong opposition to the law stands at 30 percent, close to the lowest level […]

Steele out; Priebus in at RNC

Steele out; Priebus in at RNC

The national Republican Party, coming off huge election victories but facing a $22 million debt and an internal war over identity, ousted chairman Michael Steele Friday and chose Wisconsin party chief Reince Priebus to lead in the run-up to the 2012 presidential race. The embattled Steele dropped his re-election bid halfway through an afternoon of […]

Scott Brown looks back over first year in Senate

Scott Brown looks back over first year in Senate

Scott Brown ran for the Senate vowing to rein in government spending and cut the federal budget deficit. A year later, he is open to increasing the national debt limit so the government can both spend and borrow more. The clash between his campaign rhetoric and voting record underscores the theme of the Republican’s first […]

Will Michael Steele survive?

Will Michael Steele survive?

Will he be fired or not? GOP Chairman Michael Steele is fighting for survival atop the Republican National Committee, seeking to hold off four challengers accusing him of financial mismanagement and poor stewardship during his rocky, two-year tenure. The 168 members of the RNC were set to vote by secret ballot Friday on who should […]

Obama to the nation: ‘We can be better than this’

Obama to the nation: ‘We can be better than this’

Summoning the soul of a nation, President Barack Obama on Wednesday implored Americans to honor those slain and injured in the Arizona shootings by becoming better people, telling a polarized citizenry that it is time to talk with each other “in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.” Following a hospital bedside […]

Polarizing Palin plays by her own rules

Polarizing Palin plays by her own rules

With her video accusing critics of “blood libel,” Sarah Palin again showed an unprecedented and daring political command of social networking to maintain a high profile in speculation about the Republican Party and the 2012 presidential race. The former Alaska governor regularly gets nationwide attention with her selective use of Facebook and Twitter, choosing provocative […]

Father chased son into desert before shooting

Father chased son into desert before shooting

Mysterious black bag in hand, Jared Loughner ran into the desert, his angry father stopping pursuit in his truck. Hours after Randy Loughner’s futile confrontation with his 22-year-old son Saturday morning, six people were shot dead and more than a dozen others wounded — and Jared Loughner was in custody. The sheriff’s deputies who swarmed […]

Shock, anger and finger-pointing in Washington

Shock, anger and finger-pointing in Washington

On opposite sides of the political spectrum, President Barack Obama and new House Speaker John Boehner suddenly face the same challenge: rise above the anger, suspicion and hostility of their liberal and conservative bases to help a rattled nation deal with the deadly outburst of violence in Arizona. But what comes after the easy moment […]

Arizona tragedy casts pall over stunned nation

Arizona tragedy casts pall over stunned nation

The nation’s capital lumbered to work in a pall Monday, somber from the Congress to the White House, as official Washington absorbed an assassination attempt against one of its own. Giving voice to the grief, President Barack Obama conceded that everyone was still in shock. By the end of the long day, Obama had secured […]