Political clash erupts over court decision on birth control

But the decision will not help Republicans court favor with young women

Political clash erupts over court decision on birth control

Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country’s new health care law is deeply flawed. The claims of victory arrived almost immediately after the high court ruled Monday that some companies need not provide contraception to women as required by President Barack […]

Democrat Davis turns to Hollywood for campaign cash

For other state's candidates, 'We're the national ATM machine'

Democrat Davis turns to Hollywood for campaign cash

Hollywood loves stars and loves an underdog, and Democrat Wendy Davis is both. At a recent rooftop fundraiser hosted by Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg at the Bad Robot film studios near Los Angeles, she socked away more money for what could be a financially record-shattering race for Texas governor. Likewise, in Manhattan brownstones, Silicon […]

Time for an overdue reality check for political parties

Both parties face big hurdles in achieving such against-the-grain triumphs

Time for an overdue reality check for political parties

With most of this year’s Senate primary elections complete, Democrats talk boldly about their chances in Kentucky and Mississippi, while Republicans gaze hungrily at Oregon and Colorado. Time for a reality check. Both parties face big hurdles in achieving such against-the-grain triumphs. Studies show it’s increasingly difficult for Senate candidates to win in states their […]

Reid bitch slaps GOP over prisoner swap debate

Reid bitch slaps GOP over prisoner swap debate

The top Democrat in the Senate on Wednesday accused Republicans of trying to score political points with their criticism of President Barack Obama over the swap of an American solider for five members of the Taliban held at Guantanamo. In a speech on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid read aloud past statements from […]

Democrats push for Constitutional amendment

It's a long-shot effort to limit big buck campaign donations

Democrats push for Constitutional amendment

The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday began a long-shot bid at pushing a constitutional amendment that would limit deep-pocketed political campaign donors’ influence. With plenty of politics but very limited prospects of actually changing the Constitution, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the free flow of “shady money” into politics the biggest threat to […]

Gay rights a positive election issue for Democrats

Twenty years ago, Republicans in Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act, barring recognition of same-sex marriage

Gay rights a positive election issue for Democrats

It wasn’t all that long ago that Republicans used gay marriage as a tool to drive Election Day turnout. But as public opinion on the issue has turned and courts strike down same-sex marriage bans, gay rights is evolving into a wedge issue for Democrats to wield. Consider Pennsylvania, where Democrats have lambasted Republican Gov. […]

Obama to Democrats: Vote in mid-term elections

'We have a congenital defect to not vote in midterm elections'

Obama to Democrats: Vote in mid-term elections

President Barack Obama on Thursday urged Democrats to vote in November elections, saying the chance to pass immigration reform is at risk if Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress. “We have a congenital defect to not vote in midterm elections,” he said at a fundraising reception for Democratic Senate candidates. “The midterm comes […]

Does anyone care who controls Congress?

'I've never really noticed any difference in my life depending on which party is in'

Does anyone care who controls Congress?

Who cares which party controls Congress? Only about half of Americans. The other 46 percent, not so much, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Ask people whom they would rather see in charge on Capitol Hill, and Republicans finish in a dead heat with “doesn’t matter.” Democrats fare only a little better: 37 percent would […]

Lots of political scrambling on primary day

Senate races also are on the ballot in Arkansas, Idaho and Oregon on Tuesday

Lots of political scrambling on primary day

Heading into a busy primary day, Republicans around the country are pleading with voters to turn out in high-profile races that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama’s tenure. And a top Democratic Senate hopeful has her own scrambling to do as she juggles the […]

Dems unhappy with GOP Benghazi probe plans

'Another partisan review that serves only to politicize these attacks'

Dems unhappy with GOP Benghazi probe plans

House Democrats insist that a special select committee on the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, be evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, raising doubts about their participation in the election-year investigation of the Obama administration. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, sent a letter to Speaker John […]

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