Barack Obama

Democrats could be key factor in Michigan GOP primary

Democrats could be key factor in Michigan GOP primary

Republican social conservative Rick Santorum could see an uptick in support during Tuesday’s presidential primary in Michigan from an unlikely voting bloc: hardcore Democrats. Democratic activists and strategists have launched a campaign to push fellow Democrats and independents to vote for Santorum to try to derail the more moderate frontrunner Mitt Romney, a Michigan native […]

Santorum still winging it

Santorum still winging it

After a shaky performance in Wednesday’s Republican debate in Mesa, Arizona, Rick Santorum did something rare for presidential candidates in his situation: He walked into the “spin room,” the raucous space where campaign advisers ply reporters with reasons why their candidate won the debate. Other candidates typically leave such post-game cleanup to surrogates. Not Santorum. […]

Obama says failed GOP policies drive up gas prices

Obama says failed GOP policies drive up gas prices

President Barack Obama on Thursday assailed Republicans for what he described as a flawed and dishonest strategy for reducing gas prices, predicting his rivals would offer nothing but more drilling and political promises of $2-a-gallon gas. Said the president: “The American people aren’t stupid.” “That’s not a plan, especially since we’re already drilling. That’s a […]

Obama pushes online privacy protections

Obama pushes online privacy protections

The White House proposed on Thursday a “privacy bill of rights” that would give consumers more control over their data but relies heavily for now on voluntary commitments by Internet companies like Google Inc and Facebook. The plan comes amid growing consumer concern about their lack of control over the collection and trade in vast […]

Obama to address energy issues, gas prices

Obama to address energy issues, gas prices

President Barack Obama is confronting Americans’ anxiety over rising gasoline prices by drawing attention to his energy policies and taking credit for rising oil and gas production, a greater mix of energy sources and decreased consumption. Obama is heading to Florida on Thursday to promote an energy strategy that the administration says will reduce dependence […]

Republicans may regret focus on social issues

Republicans may regret focus on social issues

The longer GOP presidential candidates compete for conservative activists’ favor, the more they risk alienating centrist voters who might feel that arguments over birth control are crowding out talk about how to create jobs. Wednesday’s televised debate highlighted the dilemma. The four contenders engaged in long, sometimes dense discussions of Planned Parenthood, education policy and […]

Lies, damn lies and GOP debates

Lies, damn lies and GOP debates

  Twenty Republican presidential debates later, the head-scratching claims kept coming. Did Mitt Romney really cut taxes as Massachusetts governor, as he asserted yet again? Or did he raise them by hundreds of millions of dollars, as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum alleged? And how could Newt Gingrich have given the nation four balanced budgets […]

Obama: Close tax loopholes for businesses with overseas operations

Obama: Close tax loopholes for businesses with overseas operations

President Barack Obama wants to cut the corporate tax rate by seven percentage points but the move doesn’t mean companies would pay less taxes. His plan also eliminates many loopholes and subsidies that corporations currently use to pay far less taxes and could result in a higher — not lower — final payments to Uncle […]

Unions plan to spend big to re-elect Obama

Unions plan to spend big to re-elect Obama

Unions say they are gearing up to spend more than $400 million to help re-elect President Barack Obama and lift Democrats this election year in a fight for labor’s survival. Under siege in state legislatures around the country – and fearing the consequences of a Republican in the White House – union leaders say they […]