June 22, 2011 Obama may be vulnerable to a Republican, but it is hard to see him as vulnerable to any Republican in particular. The one exception is Romney.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stands near her tour bus outside a hotel in Boston on June 2.
June 10, 2011 Today, Alaska officials released a trove of emails that Sarah Palin sent or received as governor from 2007 to '09. Will this affect her rumored bid for the White House? One answer is no — because there are at least five good signs that she isn't running anyway.
June 7, 2011 Surely Napoleon found audacity a formula for success in war, politics and l'amour. It was also, ultimately, his undoing. What we see in the Anthony Weiner case is something similar on a pathetic scale.
June 3, 2011 Only one in four Americans is favorably impressed with the Republican challengers to President Obama.
May 3, 2011 Past presidents have gained in public standing after ordering bold and successful military actions. But the effect rarely lasts long enough to help a president's re-election chances or his party hold onto the White House.
January 26, 2011 ANALYSIS: The seating played into the president's strategy, providing a visual metaphor for crossing the divide. Anger and attitude are now called "vitriol" and are suddenly out of favor.
At a 1993 demonstration in New York, gay rights advocates voiced their opposition to the military policy that became "don't ask, don't tell."
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December 18, 2010 The Senate voted 65 to 31 on Saturday to overturn the ban on gays serving openly in the military. What had begun as an effort to change attitudes became a symbol of the difficulty in doing just that.
President Obama's tax deal with the Republicans has infuriated House Democrats.
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December 10, 2010 Ever go out as the "third wheel" with a couple romantically involved with each other? If so, you know how the House Democrats feel about the recently concluded White House negotiations with Senate Republicans.
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December 7, 2010 ANALYSIS: The deal suggests President Obama may be betting that he can spend the next two years running against popular distaste for both major political parties. That's what President Clinton did on his way to reelection.
November 5, 2010 Most Democrats believe, as Pelosi does, that their party got hammered because the economy is limping and the big bills enacted in the 111th Congress were poorly explained and marketed.
Ray Etnyre, 90, cast his vote Tuesday in Reno, NV.
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November 3, 2010 Top problem? Six in 10 voters said the economy. Independents voting Republican? Six in 10 said that's what they did. The numbers that got Democrats in trouble? You guessed it.
November 2, 2010 As polls close and results start to come in, NPR editors will sift through data from state election authorities, reporters in the field, the Associated Press and exit polls to judge who has won key races.
November 1, 2010 Ted Sorensen was John F. Kennedy's intellectual alter ego. He said presidents and their staffs must constantly keep in mind "how far out in front of the country you can move." The current occupants of the White House could learn from him.
Perriello heard from his constituents -- many of them complaining -- when he supported President Obama's health care overhaul.
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October 28, 2010 The president is rallying Virginia Democrats not by going to a safe precinct but by going to the least safe. And by appearing with Rep. Perriello, he may be saluting the past -- their victories in 2008 -- more than the likelihood of victory in 2010.
On one side, Republican candidate Meg Whitman.
October 21, 2010 ANALYSIS: Some say the campaign has been so negative and nasty that both deserve to lose. Perhaps that's true. But wouldn't it be far more fitting punishment if both won?
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