Barack Obama

Democrats can’t win without independent voters

Democrats can’t win without independent voters

Democrat Joe Sestak — a son of the Philadelphia suburbs — needs the independent voters in his backyard as he campaigns for a Senate seat in a swing state that may tilt Republican this year. Independents have been turning away from President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, frustrated with the economic downturn and administration […]

Anti-abortion forces win one in health care fight

Anti-abortion forces win one in health care fight

Abortion foes have scored a victory and traditional allies of the Obama administration are grumbling about a decision to ban most abortion coverage in insurance pools for those unable to purchase health care on their own. The Catholic bishops “welcome this new policy,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, although he added the organization remains concerned that […]

Sessions predicts GOP takeover of House

Sessions predicts GOP takeover of House

A top Republican lawmaker on Sunday predicted his party would win back the House of Representatives from Democrats in the November mid-term elections, as both parties previewed the arguments they will deploy in the battle for control of Congress. Republican Representative Pete Sessions said his party would win “slightly over” 40 House seats, which would […]

Obama: Voters will decide his fate

Obama: Voters will decide his fate

President Barack Obama acknowledges that the fall elections could amount to a referendum on his stewardship of the nation’s affairs. Obama tells NBC in an interview that “nobody in the White House is satisfied” with continuing high unemployment. But he also says the midterm congressional elections could come down to “a choice between the policies […]

Bank bill passes but work remains

Bank bill passes but work remains

In the end, it’s only a beginning. The far-reaching new banking and consumer protection bill awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature now shifts from the politicians to the technocrats. The legislation gives regulators latitude and time to come up with new rules, requires scores of studies and, in some instances, depends on international agreements falling into […]

Obama promises to help angry House Democrats

Obama promises to help angry House Democrats

Facing criticism from House Democrats, President Barack Obama promised their leaders Wednesday night that he’ll actively support their agenda and Democratic lawmakers as they head into tough midterm elections this fall, according to a congressional leadership aide. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer were among those in the Oval Office meeting. The […]

Tea Party billboard compares Obama to Hitler

Tea Party billboard compares Obama to Hitler

A billboard created by an Iowa tea party group that compares President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin is drawing sharp criticism — even from fellow tea party activists who have condemned it as offensive and a waste of money. The North Iowa Tea Party began displaying the billboard in downtown Mason City […]

Americans lose faith in Obama

Americans lose faith in Obama

Nearly 60 percent of American voters say they lack faith in President Barack Obama, according to a public opinion poll published on Tuesday. The results of the Washington Post/ABC News poll are a reversal of what voters said at the start of Obama’s presidency 18 months ago when about 60 percent expressed confidence in his […]

Newt ponders Presidential run

Newt ponders Presidential run

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday he’s seriously considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination and will announce his decision early next year. Gingrich, 67, told The Associated Press that he would focus on helping Republican candidates through the midterm elections in November, then decide in February or March whether to seek the GOP […]

How the jobless benefits ran out

How the jobless benefits ran out

Keeping unemployment benefits flowing for millions of workers whose jobs were eaten by the recession should have been a slam dunk in an election year. But until this month, Senate Democrats have been unable to bring themselves to pass a simple bill that just does it. Instead they’ve demanded a series of unrelated and often […]