June 25, 2010 One state after another has turned against its best-known politicians this year -- especially those famous for "politicking" -- or manuevering too blatantly in service one's self-preservation.
June 18, 2010 NPR's "Battleground Poll" not only shows that Republicans may make gains, but also the power of gerrymandered districts in today's political debate.
Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas must survive a runoff to be on her party's ballot in November.
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May 28, 2010 If you're wondering how scary the anti-incumbent tide looks to incumbents, ask any U.S. senator on the ballot this year. But hurry, the species is endangered.
Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) pauses as he gives his concession speech to supporters on Tuesday in Philadelphia.
May 19, 2010 Analysis: Arlen Specter outlasted a decade of defeats before coming to Congress and stayed afloat through big wave elections over the years. But while he may be remembered for longevity, in the Senate he was known for making things happen.
May 10, 2010 Activists on the right may be calling the tune for the GOP in Washington when it comes to Elena Kagan. Tea Party ire has already killed Sen. Robert Bennett's re-election chances, and that has virtually all Republicans looking over their shoulders.
April 22, 2010 ANALYSIS: What do Wall Street and Congress have in common? Great power, surely, and a strong interest in money. They also share a rung at the bottom of the ladder when it comes to public trust.
April 20, 2010 ANALYSIS: Four of out five Americans express discontent with the federal government, according to a new survey. Perhaps the nation is sensitized because of recent shocks: For Obama supporters, both the shock of his win and the shock that the world...
April 18, 2010 For the remainder of April, NPR will explore the root causes of the growing distrust of American government among Americans. Why is the government so distrusted at this moment? What does that mean for government's ability and willingness to tackle big problems — or to enforce the solutions it devises?
April 9, 2010 The South was key to the GOP takeover of Congress in 1994, and those attending this week's Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans hope to do it again this fall. But their eyes remain on the big prize: ousting Obama. Sky-high Repu...
April 9, 2010 When a Supreme Court retirement is as widely anticipated as that of John Paul Stevens, the list of prospective successors is bound to be public. In this case, it's also remarkably short. Other prospects may emerge, but three names sure to be on the list are Solicitor General Elena Kagan and federal appeals judges Diane Wood and Merrick Garland.
March 22, 2010 ANALYSIS: Republicans argued that the American people had overwhelmingly rejected the health care bill that the House passed Sunday night. But the poll numbers are less clear. And if the bill proves popular in implementation, the GOP may be left l...
March 22, 2010 ANALYSIS: David Plouffe, campaign manager for Barack Obama in 2008, pulled out the "Mission Accomplished" reference in a Sunday talk show debate with the former Bush adviser over the health care bill. It was immediately clear Plouffe's step had la...
March 16, 2010 ANALYSIS: Despite all the talk about eliminating earmarks, don't bet on its happening. Earmarks come close to the basic notion of representative government: We want to know what our lawmaker has done for us lately.
March 4, 2010 ANALYSIS: New York Democrat Rep. Rangel's decision to step down as the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, pending the outcome of an ethics investigation, can only be problematic for Democrats. Failure to contain such damage c...
Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) listens during a hearing on “Economic and Budget Challenges for the Short and Long Term” before the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill March 3.
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March 1, 2010 ANALYSIS: The Kentucky Republican caught his colleagues in the have-it-both-ways charade both parties indulge in. He believes if the Senate is going to pride itself on passing "pay-as-you-go" legislation one day and then approve unfunded spending ...
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