Barack Obama

Obama admits ‘shellacking’ but still doesn’t get the point

Obama admits ‘shellacking’ but still doesn’t get the point

A chastened President Barack Obama admitted he had suffered a “shellacking” in this week’s US mid-term elections, but refused to see it as a repudiation of his transformative domestic agenda. He instead blamed the loss of the House of Representatives and Republican gains in the Senate on deep voter frustration at the sluggish recovery and […]

OK, we won. Now what?

OK, we won. Now what?

Emboldened by a commanding House majority and Senate gains, Republican leaders vowed Wednesday to deliver on their “golden opportunity” to roll back the size of government and President Barack Obama‘s signature health care law. “Change course we will,” said Ohio Rep. John Boehner, the speaker-in-waiting, describing Tuesday’s midterm elections as a mandate to shrink the […]

Warning to the GOP: Don’t misread the message from this election

Those who make a living telling people like us why we did what we did on election day will say — over and over — that “the people have spoken.” Spoken? Nah. Shouted perhaps, screamed maybe. Hollered would be more like it. Voter anger washed over America like a tsunami Tuesday as pissed-off voters tossed […]

Voter anger puts GOP back in charge of the House

Voter anger puts GOP back in charge of the House

Republicans drew on the support of independents and the energy of tea party activists to fashion a resounding victory in the House in midterm elections, increased their strength in the Senate and quickly served notice they intend to challenge President Barack Obama with a conservative approach to the economy. “We hope President Obama will now […]

A bitter defeat for Nancy Pelosi

A bitter defeat for Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to serve as US speaker of the House, appeared out of a job after a short but productive four years in office as Republicans retook the chamber she ran with gusto. Pelosi, 70, won the distinction of being the highest woman ever elected to office in the United States. But […]

In Washington, it will be Obama vs. Boehner

In Washington, it will be Obama vs. Boehner

This is a two-person, two-party town now. And President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and incoming House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, need each other — as both partners and foils while they push their own legislative agendas and lay the groundwork for the 2012 elections. The unlikely duo must find areas of compromise to get […]

Tea Party scores big wins in key races

Tea Party scores big wins in key races

Voters embraced the tea party’s conservative throw-the-bums-out anthem in key races across the country, with the movement’s favored candidates taking more than a dozen House seats held by Democrats, three Senate races and the South Carolina governorship. The movement commanded widespread victories but did not make a complete sweep, with the most prominent losses coming […]

Harry Reid hangs on to win in Nevada

Harry Reid hangs on to win in Nevada

Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid won re-election in Nevada against Republican Sharron Angle in a tight race, Fox News projected on Wednesday, a blow to Republicans who had hoped to oust him. Republicans had targeted Reid and poured millions of dollars into Angle’s campaign, which was also backed by the conservative Tea Party group. […]

Split Congress could mean more gridlock on Capitol Hill

Split Congress could mean more gridlock on Capitol Hill

Republicans grabbed the steering wheel of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, but weren’t expected to get out of the driveway when it comes to restraining Wall Street reforms and fixing housing finance. A political standoff lies ahead for two years on key banking and housing issues as election returns showed Democrats losing control […]

A national referendum on Obama and Democratic Congress

A national referendum on Obama and Democratic Congress

The Democratic Congress that enacted President Barack Obama‘s far-reaching health care law and plowed staggering sums into economic relief is at risk Tuesday in an election that promises to shake up the political order across the nation. Republicans buoyantly forecast a new era of divided government, two years after Democrats sealed victory in the presidency, […]