Barack Obama

Midterms will define Obama’s presidency

Midterms will define Obama’s presidency

The congressional election in November will define President Barack Obama’s next two years in office as Republicans look likely to pick up seats and put their stamp on issues ranging from the huge budget deficit to economic recovery and immigration. Reuters correspondents will interview an influential line-up of newsmakers at next week’s Reuters Washington Summit […]

Republicans unsure on how they will change Obamacare

Republicans unsure on how they will change Obamacare

Republicans are promising to repeal and replace President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul if they win control of Congress. But with what? Not even they know. Some have proposed major changes to workplace coverage, even turning Medicare into a voucher plan. Many prefer small steps that tiptoe around political land mines. Others want a clean […]

Democrats: Yeah, we’re bad but Republicans are worse

Democrats: Yeah, we’re bad but Republicans are worse

With just six weeks to avoid a possible election catastrophe, Democrats are trying to limit the damage with a closing argument that’s more plea than platform: We know you voters are furious with us, but just let us explain why the Republicans would be worse. The strategy requires an autumn influx of voters willing to […]

Democrats want to tap voter anger over lost jobs

Democrats want to tap voter anger over lost jobs

Businessman Randy Altschuler had barely won a Republican primary for Congress when New York Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop unleashed a television ad christening him an “outsourcing pioneer” who sent jobs overseas while millions of Americans struggle. “The company is really about Sri Lanka, the Philippines, wherever we could find the best talent,” Altschuler is shown […]

Stunned Republicans ponder life with Tea Party

Stunned Republicans ponder life with Tea Party

Divided Republicans pointed fingers and vowed to regroup on Wednesday after a stunning Tea Party upset in Delaware dealt a blow to their hopes of recapturing control of the Senate in November. Conservative upstart Christine O’Donnell’s defeat of nine-term U.S. Representative Michael Castle in a Senate primary ended the career of one of the last […]

Senate finally passes small business aid bill

Senate finally passes small business aid bill

The Senate passed a long-stalled measure on Thursday that would boost lending to small businesses, giving President Barack Obama’s Democrats one of their last chances before November elections they are working to revive the sluggish economy. The 61 to 38 vote sends the measure back to the House of Representatives, which has passed a similar […]

Things keep looking better for Republicans

Things keep looking better for Republicans

Tilted toward the GOP from the start of the year, the political environment has grown even more favorable for Republicans and rockier for President Barack Obama and his Democrats over the long primary season that just ended with a bang. With November’s matchups set and the general election campaign beginning in earnest Wednesday, an Associated […]

Stop the presses: Establishment candidate wins primary

Stop the presses: Establishment candidate wins primary

In the last turn of a tumultuous primary season, former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte narrowly won her state’s Republican Senate primary, to the relief of party officials in Washington who were struggling to adjust to the demise of their preferred candidate in another big race in Delaware. Seven weeks before Election Day, Senate […]

Democrats jump on tax cut bandwagon

Democrats jump on tax cut bandwagon

More Democrats joined Republicans on Wednesday in calling for the preservation of tax breaks for Americans of every income level, bolting this election season from President Barack Obama’s plan to preserve cuts for families who earn less than $250,000 and let taxes rise for the wealthiest Americans. But Obama placed the blame for the stalled […]

Ethics-challenged Rangel survives primary challenge

Ethics-challenged Rangel survives primary challenge

Embattled Rep. Charles Rangel prevailed in a crowded Democratic primary Tuesday, with voters in his New York City district signaling they are willing to stand by the 40-year House veteran despite more than a dozen ethics charges pending against him. Rangel beat back five challengers including Adam Clayton Powell IV, a state assemblyman and son […]