March 16, 2011 The Economist provided a wry take on the potential Republican presidential field.
March 11, 2011 NPR's Don Gonyea found that Iowa's Christian, fiscal and Tea Party conservatives each think the important early state nod for a GOP presidential candidate goes through them.
March 10, 2011 Wisconsin now appears to be a state of dysfunction with no trust between the GOP and Democrats. While lawmakers in the Democratic minority try to figure out their next moves, Republicans may have figured out how to make Democrats irrelevant.
March 8, 2011 Reacting to a video that showed an NPR executive making controversial comments about Republicans, conservatives and Tea Party activists, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the video proved NPR and public broadcasting generally shouldn't get taxpayer money.
March 2, 2011 Congress' Republican leaders virtually taunted Democrats to produce spending cuts. Democrats refused and tried to turn the tables on Republicans, saying the GOP's proposed cuts would damage the economy and kill jobs. Meanwhile, President Obama said Vice President Biden would lead budget talks.
February 22, 2011 Democrats had 14 solid states from 30 from 2008 to 2010. Those losses didn't mean equal GOP gains. Republicans rose to ten solid states in 2010 from five two years earlier. It suggests the re-election challenges for Obama have grown.
January 14, 2011 At a retreat, the House GOP tweaks its post-Tucson game plan, including how to civilly press Obama. The meeting this year is much more low-key than last year's, with no invitation to the president and little to no media access.
January 3, 2011 Candidates for the Republican National Committee chairmanship are debating and the RNC is providing a live feed. Current chairman Michael Steele is fighting for another two-year term despite withering criticism over how he has led the RNC since 2008.
November 29, 2010 In its waning days, the Democratic-controlled Congress is like a football team that must score by getting passage of important issues like raising the debt limit, extending unemployment insurance and how to do the same with the Bush tax cuts.
November 4, 2010 While it will prove difficult to kill because President Obama and the Democratic controlled will block that, Senate GOP critics can throw sand in the gears with hearings and other tactics. They can argue the only way to end it is to defeat Obama.
November 3, 2010 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie weighs in on the results of last night's midterm election. In our second hour, what happens now, and looking ahead to 2012.
October 28, 2010 If the GOP soon takes control of the House, they seem in no mood to negotiate. Both House GOP leader REp. John Boehner and Rep. Mike Pence have said they won't compromise on their agenda items, including repealing Obamacare.
October 27, 2010 The likely House takeover by the GOP promises plenty of probes of the Obama Administration. While some observers believe the oversight will be pesky, the partisanship in the nation's capital indicates it will more likely be withering.
October 8, 2010 Democratic operatives hoped to assure victory for Rep. John Adler by putting up their own Tea Party candidate in New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District. A report in the Courier-Post said some Democrats acknowledged the plan to siphon GOP votes.
September 21, 2010 Democrats hope Social Security remains the third rail of U.S. politics so they can use it as an issue against Tea Party-backed Republican candidates for congressional posts.
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