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Can Obama reconnect with independents?

In political terms, President Barack Obama's tax-cut compromise with Republicans amounted to a step toward luring back independent voters whose support he needs to...

Democratic mistakes, Tea Party success turn McConnell into power player

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has long been the butt of many Washington jokes, from the more than 200 cartoons that hang on his office...

Obama’s tax bill turns into a Christmas tree

' Tis the season and President Barack Obama's controversial grab bag of tax cuts, unemployment benefits and other goodies is turning into a typical "Christmas...

Doug Thompson: Memo to Republicans: Remember the real lessons of 1994

When Republicans captured control of Congress in the 1994 elections, they misunderstood the mood of angry voters who threw out Democrats to vent their...

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ don’t pass

The US Senate dealt a potentially deadly blow Thursday to efforts to end a nearly two-decade ban on gays serving openly in the US...

Obama confident Senate will ratify nuclear treaty

Pushing a top foreign policy priority, President Barack Obama expressed confidence Wednesday the Senate would quickly ratify a U.S.-Russia nuclear arms pact that secured...

Senate Dems think they can pull off a vote on military’s...

Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had a plan to overcome Republican objections and finally repeal the military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops. The...

Joe Miller’s expensive gamble

Joe Miller is fighting as though Alaska's Senate race has yet to occur. He has maintained a presence on TV, conservative radio and the Internet,...

Democrats defecting to GOP after election disaster

Staggering Election Day losses are not the Democratic Party's final indignity this year. At least 13 state lawmakers in five states have defected to...

Lame-duck Congress still has a full plate

Congress has more than a plateful of leftovers to deal with as lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday. At the top of the pile...