Party leaders of the United States Senate

With friends like the tea party, Republicans don’t need enemies

With friends like the tea party, Republicans don’t need enemies

Amid all the hoopla over the phony grassroots operation called the tea party, a central and important question gets lost. Did Republicans recapture control of the House of Representatives because of the tea party or in spite of it? One can argue that the tea party’s willingness to accept and push questionable candidates cost Republicans […]

Election may be over but divided government remains

Election may be over but divided government remains

Barely an hour after President Barack Obama invited congressional Republicans to post-election talks to work together on major issues, the Senate’s GOP leader had a blunt message: His party’s main goal is denying Obama re-election. In a sign that combat and the 2012 elections rather than compromise could mark the next two years, Sen. Mitch […]

Tea Party scores big wins in key races

Tea Party scores big wins in key races

Voters embraced the tea party’s conservative throw-the-bums-out anthem in key races across the country, with the movement’s favored candidates taking more than a dozen House seats held by Democrats, three Senate races and the South Carolina governorship. The movement commanded widespread victories but did not make a complete sweep, with the most prominent losses coming […]

Trends to watch after the polls close

Trends to watch after the polls close

How early will America know if it’s a Republican romp or if Democrats somehow minimized their damage? There should be plenty of clues Tuesday evening — and long before bedtime. Final results in some states might not be known for days. But trends could be evident from the Midwest and South — especially from Indiana, […]

Back from the dead, GOP hopes for a big election night

Back from the dead, GOP hopes for a big election night

Resurgent Republicans appear poised to capture control of the House if not the Senate on Tuesday in elections midway through President Barack Obama‘s term, reaping a rich harvest of voter discontent with the economy and profound public skepticism about the future. Drawing strength from the clamorous tea party movement, the GOP also is in line […]

Sharron Angle to Hispanic students: ‘You look Asian to me’

Sharron Angle to Hispanic students: ‘You look Asian to me’

Republican Sharron Angle, the off-the-wall candidate who wants to be the new Senator from Nevada, thinks some Hispanics look like Asians and she’s willing to say so publicly. Angle, running against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, shocked a group of Hispanic high school students last week when she said “some of you look a little […]

Nevada Senate debate: Many disagreements, no common ground

Nevada Senate debate: Many disagreements, no common ground

Sixty minutes, two candidates and not a single moment of agreement. Instead, Republican Sharron Angle taunted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to “man up” Thursday night in their only debate of a close, caustic and costly race. Speaking more softly, Reid called her extreme, an ally of the special interests and advocate for jettisoning government […]

Foreclosure fury: Obama sends bill back to Congress

Foreclosure fury: Obama sends bill back to Congress

President Barack Obama killed proposed legislation on Thursday that struck at the heart of growing political rage over how banks have moved to evict struggling borrowers from their homes. The bill, which would have made it more difficult for homeowners to challenge foreclosures, came under the spotlight this week as the furor grew over disclosures […]

Where’s Harry? Where’s Sharron?

Where’s Harry? Where’s Sharron?

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican rival Sharron Angle, both known for their verbal gaffes, are avoiding potentially unfriendly voters as much as each other. In the nation’s most prominent Senate battle, only one debate has been scheduled. Meanwhile, the candidates have made few public appearances at events where they might face tough […]

Obama ramps up fundraising

Obama ramps up fundraising

President Barack Obama is stepping up his fundraising efforts as the midterm elections draw closer and Democrats need money to battle a Republican Party energized in part by voter concern over government spending and regulations. Obama was to speak Wednesday at a sandwich shop in Edison, N.J., to tout a lending initiative aimed at small […]