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Health care summit craps out

They came, they talked, they pontificated, they postured. In the end, they accomplished nothing. After seven-and-a-half hours of positioning, President Barack Obama, Republicans and Democrats failed...

Health summit: Much ado about nothing

Here's a moment of rare Washington bipartisanship for you: Republicans and Democrats agree that President Barack Obama's much-ballyhooed publicly-televised summit on health care will...

Obama’s new health plan already DOA

A desperate President Barack Obama is pulling out all the stops in a last-ditch effort to salvage his $950 billion health care plan but...

Winning campaign strategy: Bash Pelosi

Time-proven ploy of politics: Identify an enemy and then run against that enemy. Many candidates run for Congress not by opposing the record of their...

The health care soap opera approaches

Coming soon to daytime television: America's long-running civic drama over how to provide better health care to more of its people without breaking the...

Obama launches road show to sell stimulus ‘success’

President Barack Obama vigorously defended his $787 billion stimulus on Wednesday, insisting it rescued Americans from the worst of the economic calamity and ripping...

Democrats’ dilemma: How to replace Evan Bayh

Indiana Democrats stunned by Sen. Evan Bayh's decision not to seek a third term face the daunting task of finding a candidate for the November ballot to fill the shoes of the man who's long been the Republican-leaning state's most popular Democrat.

"There's no obvious replacement for him. Nobody immediately comes to mind because he's been such a towering presence," said Robert Dion, a professor of American politics at the University of Evansville.

Indiana's Republican leanings have long made the state tough ground for Democrats. Hoosiers had gone 44 years without choosing a Democrat for president before Barack Obama narrowly won the state in 2008.

And until Bayh entered politics in the 1980s, Republicans had long ruled the Statehouse.

Indiana remains a "very small-town rural kind of state" whose residents don't like new government programs, spending and taxes, said William Kubik, a professor of political science at Hanover College.

That climate poses a challenge to Democrats running for statewide office — with many having a conservative streak.

Evan says Bayh Bayh

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh's decision to leave Congress is hardly a surprise to those who see political moderates as an increasingly disaffected bunch who...

When in doubt, blame Bush

When Democrats run out of ideas (a problem that happens often) they turn to their standard political tactic: Blame former President George W. Bush. Record...

Suddenly sexy Republicans?

Virginia's First 
Lady: Maureen McDonnellNormally, you don't see the term "sex symbol" and "Republican" in the same sentence.

Most people had a good laugh when the party of the elephant tried to pass off Sarah Palin as sexy.

The Wasilla wonder is many things: Sexy ain't one of them.

But election of former nude Cosmo model Scott Brown as the new Senator from Massachusetts has given Republicans a hunk they can call their own and Saturday Night Live cemented Brown's status as the new GOP sex symbol with a skit this past weekend that depicted Democrats having fantasies of Brown that had little to do with legislation and a lot to do with imagination.