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Democrats could be key factor in Michigan GOP primary

Democrats could be key factor in Michigan GOP primary

Republican social conservative Rick Santorum could see an uptick in support during Tuesday’s presidential primary in Michigan from an unlikely voting bloc: hardcore Democrats. Democratic activists and strategists have launched a campaign to push fellow Democrats and independents to vote for Santorum to try to derail the more moderate frontrunner Mitt Romney, a Michigan native […]

Gridlock brings another threat of government shutdown

Gridlock brings another threat of government shutdown

Capitol Hill gridlock once again threatens the day-to-day operations of government as Republicans and Democrats tangle over unemployment benefits, Social Security taxes and the use of earmarks to benefit campaign contributors. Both sides, while playing politics with the economic well-being of Americans, accuse the other of doing exactly that in a bitter struggle over a […]

OK, we relaxed this tax act thingy. Now what?

OK, we relaxed this tax act thingy. Now what?

House Republicans redeemed a campaign promise to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, but now must march against the headwinds of a Democratic-controlled Senate and the specter of a White House veto. The GOP owes its newfound control of the House in part to its appeal last fall to voters outraged about the new […]

House set to vote on health care law repeal

House set to vote on health care law repeal

The new Republican-led House is poised to deliver an emphatic thumbs-down to President Barack Obama‘s landmark health care overhaul, with no ready substitute of its own. The House vote Wednesday could turn out to be the high-water mark for repeal, a goal that energized conservative voters in the midterm elections and helped Republicans return to […]

Scott Brown looks back over first year in Senate

Scott Brown looks back over first year in Senate

Scott Brown ran for the Senate vowing to rein in government spending and cut the federal budget deficit. A year later, he is open to increasing the national debt limit so the government can both spend and borrow more. The clash between his campaign rhetoric and voting record underscores the theme of the Republican’s first […]

Shock, anger and finger-pointing in Washington

Shock, anger and finger-pointing in Washington

On opposite sides of the political spectrum, President Barack Obama and new House Speaker John Boehner suddenly face the same challenge: rise above the anger, suspicion and hostility of their liberal and conservative bases to help a rattled nation deal with the deadly outburst of violence in Arizona. But what comes after the easy moment […]

Pelosi has no regrets but some Democrats may disagree

Pelosi has no regrets but some Democrats may disagree

Democrat Nancy Pelosi said she had no regrets on her last day as House speaker Tuesday, a reign that lasted four years and is ending after the November elections. Many of her Democrats who are still licking their wounds from the midterm massacre might disagree. Pelosi said Tuesday she looks forward to leading a loyal […]

Boehner plans takeover amid phony austerity

Boehner plans takeover amid phony austerity

Here in the days of high unemployment and a lagging economy, Republicans promise a low-key kickoff to the their takeover of control of the House of Representatives this week — a sharp contrast to the fancy celebrations of four years ago when Nancy Pelosi and he Democrats swept into power. But the low-key show is […]

Obama’s New Year’s resolution? Fix the economy, stupid

Obama’s New Year’s resolution? Fix the economy, stupid

President Barack Obama has set his New Year‘s resolution high for 2011: repair the struggling economy. In his weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday, the vacationing president said recent data showed the economic recovery was gaining traction even as millions of Americans are still out of work. “Our most important task now is to […]

The upcoming spending fight at the not-so-OK corral

The upcoming spending fight at the not-so-OK corral

Two early showdowns on spending and debt will signal whether the new Congress can find common ground despite its partisan divisions or whether it’s destined for gridlock and brinkmanship that could threaten the nation’s economic health. Not all of the bickering in the 112th Congress that convenes Wednesday will be between Republicans and Democrats. House […]