Lindsey Graham

Republicans face a political mess over immigration

Republicans face a political mess over immigration

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor‘s startling primary loss this week to a tea party-backed opponent illustrates how the GOP finds itself paralyzed by immigration reform. The policy most party leaders agree is best for the Republican Party’s future is risky for most House Republicans seeking re-election in the fall. Almost all represent districts that are […]

Faith raises its ugly, intolerant head in S.C. primary

Faith raises its ugly, intolerant head in S.C. primary

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s six Republican primary challengers frequently and loudly question whether he’s conservative enough. But, in a deeply religious state, they haven’t questioned his faith. Graham’s opponents have made some aspect of their faith part of their campaigns. But Graham hasn’t made it part of his pitch to voters. Nationwide, many Republicans this […]

GOP Senator set to block all nominations over Benghazi

GOP Senator set to block all nominations over Benghazi

Sen. Lindsey Graham is threatening to hold up all nominations for federal government positions until survivors of last year’s deadly attack on the diplomatic post in Libya appear before Congress. The South Carolina Republican made the threat Monday on his official Twitter account. The tweet said: “Where are the #Benghazi survivors? I’m going to block […]

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 […]

Government shutdown: Can the sequel be even worse?

Government shutdown: Can the sequel be even worse?

The partial government shutdown has ended but that doesn’t mean anyone has a solid idea for dodging a potential sequel. The legislative stalemate was resolved last week, but a possible repeat could loom on the horizon. Lawmakers approved a budget that keeps the lights on through Jan. 15 and lets the Treasury Department continue to […]

Republican Senators want details on Obama’s determination to strike Syria

Two Republican foreign policy hawks say President Barack Obama must make a strong case for attacking Bashar Assad‘s Syria if he wants to win congressional backing for the operation. Sen. John McCain tells reporters at the White House that Obama’s intervention now will be more difficult because Assad “is moving his forces around.” Both McCain […]

Some Republicans admit: ‘We’re in a death spiral as a party’

Some Republicans admit: ‘We’re in a death spiral as a party’

Republicans continued their march towards irrelevancy Tuesday by passing strict abortion-restricting legislation that will never become law and reiterating their opposition to relaxing laws against immigration. As America moves towards the moderate center and embraces gay marriage, open borders and freedom of choice for women, the rabid right-wing that controls the GOP continues to fly […]

Political passion takes a holiday

Political passion takes a holiday

Four years after the summer of rage that fueled the tea party movement, the political circuit is much quieter — even in Republican bastions like this. It’s not clear whether conservatives who rallied against President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul during raucous town hall-style meetings are tired, wary, complacent or simply saving their strength for […]

Lawmakers warn of threat to U.S. from Syrian chemical weapons

Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons could be a greater threat after that nation’s president leaves power and could end up targeting Americans at home, lawmakers warned Sunday as they considered a U.S. response that stops short of sending military forces there. U.S. officials last week declared that the Syrian government probably had used chemical weapons […]

Key players believe immigration deal is near

Key players believe immigration deal is near

Big business and big labor have settled on a political framework for an immigration overhaul. Now, the lawmakers writing bipartisan legislation need to resolve the nitty-gritty — and keep their parties’ political flanks mollified. Business and labor negotiators late last week agreed on a deal that would allow tens of thousands of low-skilled workers into […]