Elections

Will Afghanistan really get a new president?

Will Afghanistan really get a new president?

Afghanistan’s feuding presidential candidates agreed Friday to resolve their election dispute and said they would set an inauguration date before the end of August. The breakthrough came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened a second day of talks in Afghanistan aimed at preventing the fragile country from collapsing into political chaos after disputed […]

In the end, voters seldom fire incumbents

In the end, voters seldom fire incumbents

Congress is wildly unpopular. In fact, two-thirds of Americans want their own House member booted. And the tea party is dogging longtime Republican lawmakers. So incumbents are sweating out this year’s election, right? Nope. Mostly they’re not. People talk about throwing the bums out, but voters keep sending the same bunch back in. More than […]

Cochran’s victory emboldens minority voters

Cochran’s victory emboldens minority voters

Sen. Thad Cochran’s GOP primary victory, thanks in part to black Mississippians who turned out to vote for him, exemplifies a new math that politicians of all persuasions may be forced to learn as this country’s voting population slowly changes complexion. Cochran’s campaign courted black voters, perceiving their unhappiness with his tea party-supported opponent, Chris […]

A close primary win by Charlie Rangel

A close primary win by Charlie Rangel

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel avoided a prolonged fight for his 23rd term Thursday as his main opponent conceded and said he would not challenge the results of a tightly contested primary that divided their New York City district along demographic lines. State Sen. Adriano Espaillat’s campaign said he called Rangel to commend the Democratic stalwart […]

Challenging primary day for Thad Cochran, Charlie Rangel

Challenging primary day for Thad Cochran, Charlie Rangel

Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran’s Republican runoff against Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel stands as a test of whether decades of delivering federal largesse trumps conservative demands to slash government spending. The 76-year-old Cochran, the former Senate Appropriations Committee chairman who has steered billions of dollars back home, is locked in a tight race against the […]

Democrats push for Constitutional amendment

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 […]

Runoff likely in Mississippi Senate GOP primary

Runoff likely in Mississippi Senate GOP primary

Locked in a race that won’t end, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 runoff after battling to a near-draw Tuesday in a primary that underscored Republican differences. Unofficial returns from 98 percent of the state’s precincts showed McDaniel with slightly over 49 percent of the […]