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GOP paradox: Attracting enough voters to win without pissing off the rabid right

GOP paradox: Attracting enough voters to win without pissing off the rabid right

The Republican Party, having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, confronts a dilemma that’s easier to describe than to solve: How can it broaden…

Obama will accept entitlement cuts in exchange for taxes

Obama will accept entitlement cuts in exchange for taxes

President Barack Obama will offer cuts to Social Security and other entitlement programs in a budget proposal aimed at swaying Republicans to compromise on a deficit-reduction deal, a senior administration…

Illinois voters to the National Rifle Association: ‘Go to hell’

Illinois voters to the National Rifle Association:  ‘Go to hell’

Before the special election primary in late February to select a Democratic candidate to run for the seat¬† to replace disgraced Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., few political pundits gave Robin…

Can Congress accomplish anything in short, pre-election session?

Can Congress accomplish anything in short, pre-election session?

When lawmakers return to Washington on Monday, they face big issues, including taxes, spending cuts and the prospect of a debilitating “fiscal cliff” in January. Yet Congress is expected to…

Barack Obama’s evolution from change candidate to status quo President

Barack Obama’s evolution from change candidate to status quo President

  President Barack Obama’s convention evolution is complete. Eight years ago, the little-known Democrat rocketed into the political spotlight with a soaring convention keynote address. Four years later, he accepted…

Bill Clinton plays fast and loose with facts in convention speech

Bill Clinton plays fast and loose with facts in convention speech

It’s a fact of life in Washington that what one party considers a principled stand, the opposition considers pigheadedness. Compromise? That’s the other guy’s problem. But when former President Bill…

America’s do-nothing Congress skips town with critical work unfinished

America’s do-nothing Congress skips town with critical work unfinished

Congress packed up and left town Thursday, starting a five-week recess that comes after a year of few accomplishments and lots of partisan gridlock. Oops. Our mistake.¬† The inhabitants of…

Obama, GOP continue petty, partisan, political sniping

Obama, GOP continue petty, partisan, political sniping

New day, old bickering between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans. Obama used his Saturday radio and Internet address to finger GOP lawmakers for a stalemate that could increase taxes…

Will rise of insurgents help or hinder Republicans in 2012 elections?

Will rise of insurgents help or hinder Republicans in 2012 elections?

For Senate Republicans, 2012 is starting a lot like 2010. They have a shot at taking control away from Democrats as long as insurgent conservatives who are defeating the party’s…

Public opinion on health care law rises

Public opinion on health care law rises

As lawmakers shaken by the shooting of a colleague return to the health care debate, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds raw feelings over President Barack Obama’s overhaul have subsided. Ahead…