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Republicans, Obama express support for modest budget deal

Republicans, Obama express support for modest budget deal

Top Republicans and President Barack Obama are lining up behind a modest but hard-won bipartisan budget agreement that seeks to replace a portion of tough spending cuts facing the Pentagon and domestic agencies. The deal to ease those cuts for two years is aimed less at chipping away at the nation’s $17 trillion national debt […]

Worried Democrats distance themselves from Obamacare

Worried Democrats distance themselves from Obamacare

Democrats running for re-election in Arkansas, Louisiana and other Republican-leaning states faced enough problems before President Barack Obama’s popularity swooned in November. Now they are awkwardly distancing themselves from him a year before the election, seeking the right balance between independence and betrayal. A popular president can help his party’s candidates for Congress and governor […]

The end of the filibuster means trouble for Supreme Court

The end of the filibuster means trouble for Supreme Court

Now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ended the filibuster for district and appeals court nominees and executive branch appointments, it’s only a matter of time before the filibuster goes away for Supreme Court nominations and legislation as well. Reid’s decision has been a long time coming: One of his predecessors, Republican Bill Frist, […]

Democrats kill off filibusters in Senate

Democrats kill off filibusters in Senate

Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of the Senate’s hallowed filibuster tradition on Thursday and cleared the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments made by President Barack Obama and chief executives in the future. Majority Leader Harry Reid, who orchestrated the change, called the 52-48 vote a blow against […]

Obamacare debacle gives Republicans hope for 2014

Obamacare debacle gives Republicans hope for 2014

Just a few short weeks ago, Republican elders could only hope that time would make voters forget about the government shutdown the party engineered in October. Now, with millions of Americans in an uproar over health insurance policies canceled because of President Barack Obama’s health care law, Republicans believe they could seize control of the […]

More and more Democrats view Obamacare as liability

More and more Democrats view Obamacare as liability

Obamacare emerged pretty much intact from the government shutdown and debt threat debacle but the program now appears in danger of imploding within and Democrats who once supported the President’s signature health care “reform” now see it as a potential liability in upcoming 2014 midterm elections. Those who most fear potential damage from the constant […]

What once was a dream now prompts political segregation

What once was a dream now prompts political segregation

They came to honor Dr. Martin Luther King‘s dream, a tapestry of humanity with all shades of skin and from all walks of life. Yet there was something missing from the Lincoln Memorial this week: Republicans. Fifty years ago, Democrats and Republicans stood shoulder to shoulder, demanding equal rights for African-Americans. But during the past […]

Democrats face political infighting, campaign turmoil

Democrats face political infighting, campaign turmoil

Republicans aren’t the only ones roiled by internal jostling and recruiting hiccups ahead of next year’s midterm elections. Two top-tier Democratic prospects recently bypassed running for Senate seats in Georgia and South Dakota, highlighting both divisions within the party and its challenge of finding candidates whose ideologies line up with voters in Republican-leaning states. Democrats […]

Why doesn’t Washington work? Our leaders are just too human

Why doesn’t Washington work? Our leaders are just too human

Turns out politicians are people, too, only worse. Just ask pros who make their living in the trenches of everyday human drama such as divorce, family feuds or schoolyard scraps. They recognize in Washington’s bitter budget standoff a hint of human nature as they know it, but with the crazy pumped up to absurd levels. […]