Barack Obama

Endangered species: Democrats defending health care ‘reform’

Endangered species: Democrats defending health care ‘reform’

It happens so rarely, it makes news: A few Democratic candidates have started to run television ads daring to defend President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Most Democrats are trying to avoid campaigning on what should have been the party’s signature issue, but the lonely bunch who’ve stuck their necks out may finally be hitting […]

Republicans brand Pelosi as ‘witch’ and ‘puppy killer’

Republicans brand Pelosi as ‘witch’ and ‘puppy killer’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has proved an irresistible target to Republicans, who have branded the powerful Democrat a “wicked witch” and a would-be puppy killer ahead of November 2 elections. The Republican National Committee (RNC) has staged a nationwide “Fire Nancy Pelosi” bus tour to energize core supporters for the fight to retake the US […]

Obama still looking for ways to recapture his old magic

Obama still looking for ways to recapture his old magic

President Barack Obama sought to recapture the magic of his 2008 campaign, holding a large open-air rally in Ohio to help struggling Democratic candidates in the Midwestern state. Amid voter anger over the sluggish economy and 9.6 percent unemployment, Obama’s Democrats are fighting to avoid steep losses in the Congress and in state governors’ races […]

Congress more productive than realized

Congress more productive than realized

The public panned it. Republicans obstructed it. Many Democrats fled from it. Even so, the session of Congress now drawing to a close was the most productive in nearly half a century. Not since the explosive years of the civil rights movement and the hard-fought debut of government-supported health care for the elderly and poor […]

Former Obama supporters abandon Democrats, head for GOP

Former Obama supporters abandon Democrats, head for GOP

The coalition that catapulted Barack Obama into office in 2008 is gone, fed up with broken promises and unfulfilled dreams. Voters now appear willing to give Republicans another try along with tea party newcomers. A new Associated Press-Knowledge networks poll shows at least 25 percent of those who voted for Obama have defected to the […]

Even with court ruling, military gays still don’t tell

Even with court ruling, military gays still don’t tell

When word came down of a judge’s ruling that gays could serve openly in the military, an Air Force officer received joyous congratulations from a comrade. Realizing there was someone in the room who didn’t know his sexual orientation, the officer pretended it was a joke and laughed it off. He figured it was too […]

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ a sticky issue for Democrats

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ a sticky issue for Democrats

At a time when President Barack Obama is trying to rally his political base, his administration is fighting to temporarily preserve the ban on gays serving openly in the military, even though his core supporters want it ended now. The Justice Department is appealing a court ruling that would stop the Clinton-era “don’t ask, don’t […]

Bandito Obama? Billboard stirs protests

Bandito Obama? Billboard stirs protests

A billboard depicting Barack Obama as an Islamist suicide bomber, a gay and a Mexican bandit has triggered a storm of criticism in a western US city weeks ahead of crucial polls. The colourful poster of the US president — under the ironic slogan “Vote DemocRAT” — is attracting attention from media worldwide and from […]

Foreclosure fury floods campaign trail

Foreclosure fury floods campaign trail

Three weeks before the election, anger over tainted home foreclosure documents is bursting into the battle for control of Congress, especially in hard-hit states such as Nevada and Florida. Democrats in tight races in the worst housing markets are pressing for a national moratorium, putting a reluctant White House on the spot. Leading the call […]

Rand Paul hedges on tax code revamp

Rand Paul hedges on tax code revamp

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul sidestepped questions Wednesday about revamping the federal tax code, a day after the tea party favorite took a stand to replace the income tax with a national sales tax. Paul, a limited-government advocate, said he supports a “simpler tax code” but wouldn’t offer specifics about his written comments to […]