Several ambitious governors in Republican ranks

Bashing Washington dysfunction at every turn, the governors offered up their can-do records — and themselves — as a model for a party looking to return to power.

Several ambitious governors in Republican ranks

For an ambitious group of Republican governors, next year’s elections could be a springboard to bigger things in 2016. Just don’t talk about the White House — yet. The annual Republican Governors Association meeting this week included a bullish outlook for a party that will defend 22 seats in 2014. Bashing Washington dysfunction at every […]

Can Obama ever keep his promise to close Gitmo?

Can Obama ever keep his promise to close Gitmo?

Twelve years ago this month, President George W. Bush issued an order authorizing the U.S. military to detain non-U.S. citizen “international terrorists” indefinitely, and try some of them in military commissions. Within two months, those seized in the “war on terror” following the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan were being sent to Guantanamo Bay. A dozen […]

Democrats kill off filibusters in Senate

Obama welcomed the shift. "The gears of government have got to work."

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 […]

Obama’s approval slump: Past point of no return?

Obama’s approval slump: Past point of no return?

Barack Obama’s second term fumbles have pitched him to record low poll ratings and splintered his credibility with the American people. But has his presidency reached the point of no return? History and opinion poll data suggest that when reelected presidents slump in the ratings, it is tough, if not impossible to bounce back. Obama, […]

Ethanol: A secret, dirty result of Obama’s Green Power push

The ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.

Ethanol: A secret, dirty result of Obama’s Green Power push

The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply. Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. With the Iowa […]

Obama’s drop in public approval may be irreversible

Obama’s drop in public approval may be irreversible

Insiders say it is hard for the President to accept, but Barack Obama’s personal appeal and public approval ratings aren’t what they once were. In his first term, Obama’s personal favorability ratings gave him protection from the economic recession, bruising confrontations with Congressional Republicans and re-election prospects that seemed questionable until Republicans put up a […]

Partisanship: A real threat to the American way of life

Partisanship: A real threat to the American way of life

Whenever anyone tries to start a political debate by saying something like “as a Republican” or “as a Democrat,” I stop listening. I’m sorry but anyone — and yes, I mean anyone — who touts political party as a priority in their life is an immediate turnoff.  My initial thought is: “Why bother?” At a […]

Judge rules Texas abortion limits unconstitutional

Judge rules Texas abortion limits unconstitutional

A federal judge has determined that new Texas abortion restrictions violate the U.S. Constitution, a ruling that keeps open — at least for now — dozens of abortion clinics that were set to halt operations Tuesday had key parts of the law taken effect. In a decision released Monday that the state is certain to […]

Make government shutdowns illegal? A tough sale

Make government shutdowns illegal? A tough sale

There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensure that treasured sites like the Statue of Liberty and Yosemite stay open during a budget fight, instead of becoming political pawns. The idea’s been around for three decades, but even after a 16-day […]

GOP woes deepen a year after Romney debacle

GOP woes deepen a year after Romney debacle

A year after losing a presidential race many Republicans thought was winnable, the party arguably is in worse shape than before. The GOP is struggling to control tensions between its tea party and establishment wings and watching approval ratings sink to record lows. It’s almost quaint to recall that soon after Mitt Romney lost to […]