Clinton’s political machine gearing up for 2016

Clinton’s political machine gearing up for 2016

With the news that America’s largest liberal fundraising group is to back a Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016, a growing sense of inevitability is building around her prospective candidacy. The former secretary of state who once occupied the White House as first lady and narrowly lost the Democratic nomination in 2008, has been coy […]

White House in damage control mode over Gates’ book

The tell-all memoir from Gates has created a splash in Washington, casting a negative light on Obama's national security operations.

White House in damage control mode over Gates’ book

Rushing to curb political fallout, the White House pushed back Wednesday against harsh criticism in a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates that questions President Barack Obama’s war leadership and rips into Vice President Joe Biden. The tell-all memoir from Gates has created a splash in Washington, casting a negative light on Obama’s […]

Presidential sweepstates: Who will challenge Hillary?

Republicans have no clear front-runner.

Presidential sweepstates: Who will challenge Hillary?

For Democrats and Republicans, the early stages of the 2016 presidential contest are worlds apart. Many Democrats already view Hillary Rodham Clinton as a quasi-incumbent, someone who could take the reins from President Barack Obama. The former secretary of state has made no decisions about her political future but has done little to dampen enthusiasm […]

Biden to Chinese youth: Challenge authority

Biden to Chinese youth: Challenge authority

Vice President Joe Biden opened a two-day visit to China Wednesday by urging young Chinese students to challenge their government, teachers and religious leaders. Arriving midday in Beijing, Biden paid a visit to the U.S. embassy, where he surprised Chinese citizens waiting to get visitor visas processed in the embassy’s consular section. Thanking a group […]

Senate Dems unload on Obama over healthcare.gov woes

Senate Dems unload on Obama over healthcare.gov woes

President Barack Obama met on Wednesday with frustrated Senate Democrats, some of whom fear the disastrous rollout of his signature healthcare law could complicate their already difficult re-election fights in 2014. The Obama administration has faced intense criticism since hundreds of thousands of people had their health insurance policies canceled because the plans do not […]

Virginia election will be a referendum on Obamacare

Virginia election will be a referendum on Obamacare

In Virginia, candidates on both sides of a long, bitter race for governor spent the weekend turning the final hours into a referendum on President Barack Obama’s health care “reform.” The decision to nationalize the race is a question that voters — at least those who care enough to turn out — will answer on […]

Obama to Dems: ‘We’ve got the better side’ of argument

Obama to Dems: ‘We’ve got the better side’ of argument

Regrouping with Democrats after a bitter budget fight, President Barack Obama on Friday cast the recent spending-and-debt standoff with Congress as “a symptom of a larger challenge” but one offering Democrats the chance to show voters the virtues of their vision for government ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. At the heart of the impasse […]

Biden and anti-war Dems

Biden and anti-war Dems

Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to this politically influential heartland state is bringing him up close to his own party’s opposition to the White House’s endorsement of possible military action against Syria. Biden was to headline a Sunday fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, an annual steak picnic for a lawmaker who’s popular with anti-war […]

Laying groundwork for Syria strike

Laying groundwork for Syria strike

The Obama administration is laying the groundwork for potential military action in Syria in the coming days, with intelligence agencies readying additional evidence about last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack and high-ranking U.S. officials declaring there was “no doubt” that Bashar Assad‘s government was to blame. Administration officials also said Assad’s actions posed a direct […]

Obama: Which Dems to help?

Obama: Which Dems to help?

President Barack Obama has no plans to campaign on behalf of the underdog Democrat in an uphill battle against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and is weighing how much help to give his party’s scandal-enmeshed candidate for governor of Virginia, where Democrats are more bullish about winning. It’s the type of delicate, race-by-race calculation the […]