November 30, 2009 A strategy is emerging in the orchestration of President Obama's sweeping policy moves. Imposed in part by circumstance and adversity, the grand strategy is ultimately a product of political calculus: The turnaround desired by the administration ...
November 24, 2009 A senior Senate staffer who has worked all year on the health system overhaul was asked to sum up that rare weekend session that brought the bill to the brink of formal consideration on the Senate floor.
"One more night it didn't die," he said.
November 17, 2009 Sarah Palin is back in the full media glare, plugging her freshly released memoirs with appearances on Oprah Winfrey's show, ABC and Fox, as well as a book tour. But senior Washington editor Ron Elving says in an analysis that it's far from clear ...
November 9, 2009 Many a major policy push has been wrecked at the intersection of politics and government, and over the weekend the Democrats' drive for a new health care system came close to being the latest casualty.
Weighing in at roughly 2,000 pages and $1 tr...
November 4, 2009 Tuesday's Republican victories in governor's races in New Jersey and Virginia were no surprise, but nonetheless welcomed by a party that had little to celebrate a year ago. Harder to assess: A Democratic win of a New York House seat held by the GO...
November 2, 2009 The closer you look at any of the contests on Tuesday's election slate, the less they have to do with President Obama. But when the votes are counted, you can count on hearing his name more often than any other.
Even widely scattered votes in an...
November 1, 2009 One year ago, the nation elected its first black president and gave him Democratic majorities in the House and Senate. One year later, the focus for many lawmakers will begin to change from the mandate of 2008 to the challenge of 2010. The results will inevitably serve as a referendum on the new administration.
October 30, 2009 The big news Thursday was that the recession appears to be over, but if you believe that, you're probably an economist. Not a politician. Economists know that a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative growth: The economy gets smaller in...
October 29, 2009 Recasting the public option as a consumer option is unlikely to garner a wave of political support for a government-sponsored plan as part of health overhaul.
October 20, 2009 The Washington Post has headlined a story about a poll it took with ABC News showing that the "public option" feature of the health care debate is supported by a clear majority of Americans.
But does that mean the public option will be in the fin...
Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the economic recovery, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2009, at the St. Louis County Police and Fire Training Center in Wellston, Mo.
October 16, 2009 The vice president has emerged as the face of policymaking on the biggest foreign policy decision of the young Obama presidency: the direction and scope of the mission in Afghanistan.
September 25, 2009 Whoever leaked the McChrystal report wanted to force the White House to accelerate its decision on Afghanistan, regardless of the cost to other administration priorities.
September 18, 2009 On black radio, the assumption is that the president is getting pushback — because he's black. On conservative radio, nothing could be further from the truth. Both sides are nearing a boiling point, and in both cases, anger feeds on fear.
September 11, 2009 President Obama's speech to Congress and the nation this week recalled the heights his rhetorical power reached in last year's campaign. It also made clear he has abandoned any hope of a health care bill that's bipartisan enough to get 70 votes or...
In this photo taken circa 1962, U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy (from left) talks with his brothers U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy.
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August 26, 2009 Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts died Tuesday night of complications related to a cancerous brain tumor. The 77-year-old Democrat was surrounded by family members at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass. Universally known as Teddy, he had served in the Senate since 1962.
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