Barack Obama

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, […]

Trends to watch after the polls close

Trends to watch after the polls close

How early will America know if it’s a Republican romp or if Democrats somehow minimized their damage? There should be plenty of clues Tuesday evening — and long before bedtime. Final results in some states might not be known for days. But trends could be evident from the Midwest and South — especially from Indiana, […]

The politics of change

The politics of change

Change. Change. Change. A demand for change propelled Democrats to power in Congress in 2006, and then put Barack Obama in the White House two years later. Either the change wasn’t what a restive public wanted or it didn’t come fast enough. Now voters are looking toward a Republican change. “2008 wasn’t the end goal. […]

Back from the dead, GOP hopes for a big election night

Back from the dead, GOP hopes for a big election night

Resurgent Republicans appear poised to capture control of the House if not the Senate on Tuesday in elections midway through President Barack Obama‘s term, reaping a rich harvest of voter discontent with the economy and profound public skepticism about the future. Drawing strength from the clamorous tea party movement, the GOP also is in line […]

Report urges CIA control of U.S. special forces

Report urges CIA control of U.S. special forces

Support is growing in the US military and administration of President Barack Obama for shifting to the CIA operational control over elite special forces teams secretly in Yemen, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Citing unnamed officials, the newspaper said the foiled mail bombing plot by suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen has added urgency to […]

The rise and fall of Nancy Pelosi

The rise and fall of Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi became the first woman to lead the U.S. House of Representatives by taking on the most powerful man on Earth — then-President George W. Bush and his unpopular Iraq war. Now, four years later, the California Democrat is likely to lose the House speakership because of Congress‘ inability — and that of Bush’s […]

On final weekend campaign swing, Obama lashes out at GOP

On final weekend campaign swing, Obama lashes out at GOP

On his final campaign swing through four states in the Northeast and Midwest before Tuesday’s midterm elections, President Barack Obama is asking Democratic voters to go to the polls and help stem an expected Republican tide. “Chicago, it’s up to you to let them know that we have not forgotten, we don’t have amnesia,” the […]

It’s a strange election year when comedians call for reason and sanity

It’s a strange election year when comedians call for reason and sanity

In the shadow of the Capitol and the election, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert entertained a huge throng Saturday at a “sanity” rally poking fun at the nation’s ill-tempered politics, fear-mongers and doomsayers. “We live now in hard times,” Stewart said after all the shtick. “Not end times.” Part comedy show, part pep talk, […]

Tea Party winners will find life in Congress is not a party

Tea Party winners will find life in Congress is not a party

As Rand Paul lumbers toward an expected win in Kentucky’s often nasty Senate race, he embodies the promise and peril of a phenomenon the GOP establishment must accommodate if the party is to govern and campaign effectively from here on. Paul is almost the perfect tea party flag bearer. The first-time candidate and small-government philosopher […]

Obama finds Jon Stewart show is nothing to laugh about

Obama finds Jon Stewart show is nothing to laugh about

President Barack Obama apparently thinks politics is no laughing matter, even when he’s staring down a comedian. Obama barely cracked any jokes during an appearance Wednesday on “The Daily Show” despite host Jon Stewart‘s attempts to draw out the president’s humorous side with a few of his own snarky wisecracks. Less than a week before […]