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Democrats shun help from Obama

Democrats shun help from Obama

President Barack Obama doesn’t go there anymore. The days of Obama traipsing around the country to states like Montana, Indiana or Arkansas in freewheeling campaign mode — and with sky-high popularity lifting Democratic candidates — are long over. With his approval rating sliding, the president in the next few weeks is primarily sticking to big […]

New polls showcase Obama’s freefall

New polls showcase Obama’s freefall

New opinion polls Tuesday made painful reading for President Barack Obama’s Democrats, cementing conventional wisdom that they face a pounding by Republicans in November’s congressional elections. The surveys, published after the traditional campaign kick-off date of the Labor Day weekend, suggest voters have soured on Obama, see him as too liberal and are increasingly pessimistic […]

Daley’s exit throws Chicago mayor’s race wide open

Daley’s exit throws Chicago mayor’s race wide open

Suddenly, the race for Chicago mayor is on. Mayor Richard M. Daley has thrown the competition for the city’s top job wide open by announcing he won’t run for a seventh term, ending 21 years of token opposition and prompting speculation about who’s next in line to lead the nation’s third largest city. Political observers […]

Religious leaders condemn ‘anti-Muslim’ frenzy

Religious leaders condemn ‘anti-Muslim’ frenzy

U.S. religious leaders on Tuesday condemned an “anti-Muslim frenzy” in the United States, including plans by a Florida church to burn a Koran on September 11, an act a top general said could endanger American troops abroad. Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders denounced the “misinformation and outright bigotry” against U.S. Muslims resulting from plans […]

Obama’s plan: Spend money, blame Republicans

Obama’s plan: Spend money, blame Republicans

A combative President Barack Obama rolled out a long-term jobs program Monday that would exceed $50 billion to rebuild roads, railways and runways, and coupled it with a blunt campaign-season assault on Republicans for causing Americans’ hard economic times. GOP leaders instantly assailed Obama’s proposal as an ineffective one that would simply raise already excessive […]

No recession in the business of politics

No recession in the business of politics

Turns out politics, for all its focus on the gloomy economy, is a recession-proof industry. This year’s volatile election is bursting with money, setting fundraising and spending records in a high-stakes struggle for control of Congress amid looser but still fuzzy campaign finance rules. Based on the latest financial reports, House and Senate candidates in […]

Numbers, economy favor Republicans

Numbers, economy favor Republicans

Never before have so many governorships been up for grabs — and with so much at stake. The races come just ahead of once-in-a-decade congressional and legislative redistricting to reflect the U.S. population of the 2010 census, a process in which governors will play a central role. Of the 37 governorships on the ballot, more […]

Obama tries to reverse falling Democratic fortunes

Obama tries to reverse falling Democratic fortunes

President Barack Obama will travel to the Midwestern state of Wisconsin Monday as part of a broad effort to stem ebbing political support over the slowing economic recovery. The president will deliver remarks on the economy at the Milwaukee Laborfest, a labor union gathering, one of many held around the country as America celebrates Labor […]

John Boehner: Speaker in waiting?

John Boehner: Speaker in waiting?

John Boehner could walk down most American streets without turning a head. But the perpetually tanned, chain-smoking Ohioan might be the next House speaker and a huge force in national politics, trying to manage an increasingly libertarian-leaning Republican caucus while leading the opposition to President Barack Obama. For those who know Boehner (pronounced BAY’-nur), the […]

Frustrated voters ready to fire Democrats

Frustrated voters ready to fire Democrats

Frustrated, discouraged and just plain mad, a lot of people who have lost jobs — or know someone who has — now want to see the names of Democrats on pink slips. And that’s jeopardizing the party’s chances in Ohio and all across the country in November’s elections. In this big swing-voting state alone, Democratic […]