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Lamar Alexander easily defeats tea party contenders

Republican Lamar Alexander became the latest U.S. senator to fend off a tea party challenge in a primary race Thursday, defeating a state lawmaker...

Tea party challenges against Sen. Lamar Alexander

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, a 40-year veteran of Tennessee politics, is facing a challenge Thursday from two tea party-styled candidates who have tried to...

Health care a dividing issue in 2014 races

Republicans see the 2014 midterm elections as a chance to capitalize on voter frustration with the problem-plagued health care overhaul, but the GOP first...

Can Kathleen Sebelius save her job and/or Obamacare?

Eager to cast blame, lawmakers are preparing to grill President Barack Obama's top health official over problems with the rollout of the government's health...

Time running our as Congress lacks a solution on student loans

The clock is ticking loudly as Congress looks for a deal to bring back low interest rates on student loans. Lawmakers and their aides are...

Senate to try once again to pass new student loan bill

Senate Democrats are trying to restore lower interest rates on student loans, a week after Congress' inaction caused those rates to double. A procedural vote...

Senators try new plan to douse partisan fires

Call it a humble effort to douse the flames of dysfunction and paralysis in the U.S. Senate. Frustrated by an inability to get much done...

America’s toxic political climate

Recriminations and soul-searching began over whether an inflamed political climate influenced a gunman to shoot a US congresswoman and 19 other people in Arizona. From...

Joe Miller: Sore loser to the bitter end

Senate hopeful Joe Miller has dropped his bid to stop write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski from being certified the winner of Alaska's November 2 election...

Smokescreen: Ban on pork is anything but

Despite their claims, the Republicans' ban on earmarks won't stop lawmakers from steering taxpayers' dollars to pet projects. And it will have little if...