With so much to juggle, and so many things to be discouraged about, many moms may just opt to stay home on Election Day.
September 28, 2010 ANALYSIS: The fortunes of Democratic candidates for president, Congress and governor have risen and fallen on the votes of women. But this year, discouraged about the economy and the way things are going in Washington, many women may not vote.
Sept. 27, 1994: Then-House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich and other Republicans unveil their "Contract with America" at a Capitol Hill rally.
September 23, 2010 There is little hard evidence that the 1994 Contract with America contributed much to the wave that carried Republicans into power. But it did give House Republicans a checklist for how they would govern.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, in Washington.
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September 20, 2010 ANALYSIS: The former Massachusetts governor, an early frontrunner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, must be hearing tea cups as he tries to set the stage for his next presidential bid.
Castle and his wife, Jane, thanking supporters Tuesday in Wilmington, Del.
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September 15, 2010 COMMENTARY: The long-time Delaware lawmaker has been a political bridge-builder and at a time of hyper-partisanship his presence in the Senate might have helped get things moving.
Boehner, the target of some Democratic barbs.
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September 13, 2010 ANALYSIS: It's a bipartisan question. Democrats are struggling to decide whether to the support the president's latest stimulus plan. Republicans have a debate brewing in their ranks too.
September 7, 2010 Every time power shifts between the major parties in Washington, pundits and prognosticators say there's been a sea change. But in truth, voters can and often do change their minds quickly about who should be in charge.
Addressing the nation Tuesday night.
September 1, 2010 Caught as he is in the backwash of Bush's agenda and the backlash against his own, the president wanted the country to hear a few other things he has on his mind.
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.
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