House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, listening last week as President Obama (a Democrat) gave his State of the Union address.
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January 30, 2012 If creatures from another planet are listening in on what our politicians and pundits have to say, they might think Democrats and Republicans are about as far apart politically as possible. New research says that's just not so.
January 2, 2012 The focus is naturally on the Republican caucuses Tuesday night in Iowa, because the GOP is the party with a battle going on for its presidential nomination. But the Obama campaign is treating the Democratic caucuses as a dry run for the election.
May 10, 2011 Should Democrats gain a vacant House seat in New York State on May 24 it would be: one) a major embarrassment for Republicans and two) a significant moral victory for Democrats. Republicans are kicking into high gear to keep that from happening after a recent poll showed the Democrat leading.
April 29, 2011 Democrats have decided they won't unilaterally disarm in the war for campaign cash even though the leader of their party has publicly opposed certain fundraising tactics, like raising money from donors who remain anonymous.
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 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.
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 19, 2010 Top Democrats are blasting Obama for alleged political missteps, including a lack of passion in the fight against the GOP. They are also trying to create their own outside political groups to fight Republicans on the same terms.
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 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.
October 6, 2010 The NRA has backed 14 of 20 Democrats in tough House races, choosing to back pro-gun incumbents over challengers when the current officeholders views align with the advocacy group's.
October 4, 2010 Only a few weeks ago, it seemed like Democrats would take an Election Day drubbing. They still may lose more seats than they wish. Now they see glimmers of hope as polls look less bad and money pours in.
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.
September 16, 2010 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remained firm that tax cuts should go to incomes of $250,000 or less. This was despite indications that some House Democrats wanted to extend Bush-era tax cuts for everyone, including the wealthy.
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