Boxer, at a rally in Los Angeles on Aug. 13.
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August 30, 2010 WATCHING WASHINGTON: The party that reached 60 seats last year now fears a downward path that could go below 50. Races that they thought were sure bets in three states aren't looking so sure anymore.
Miller, center, smiles as he visits with supporters in Anchorage, Alaska on Tuesday.
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August 26, 2010 We have political science fiction coming true right before our eyes. The possibility that Tea Party favorite Joe Miller has overthrown Sen. Lisa Murkowski defies everything we know about politics
The location of the proposed Islamic center, and its proximity to ground zero.
August 20, 2010 They're three little words that fit perfectly on cable TV news screens -- the screaming tabloid headlines of our time. That they're inaccurate and misleading doesn't seem to matter.
Rostenkowski, in 2001.
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August 12, 2010 The deaths of two old-school lawmakers this week, both of whom had been touched by scandal but also knew how to work across party lines to get things done, underscores how their kind is close to extinction.
Chief Justice John Roberts and new Justice Elena Kagan after her swearing-in on Aug. 7.
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August 9, 2010 This summer, federal judges have once again been horning in on issues of great interest and high stakes. Gay marriage. Immigration. The health care law. State-federal legal battles are on the rise.
McConnell, left, and House Minority Leader John Boehner at the Capitol in March.
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August 3, 2010 The Senate minority leader knows his November battle plan probably works better the simpler he can keep it. Complicating it by comparing the Obama agenda with an actual alternative agenda might only muddy the waters.
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...
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