February 9, 2013 Gun control historically has been one of the most divisive issues in Congress, between the parties and even inside the Democratic coalition. Yet some in President Obama's own party say he has put together a gun agenda that is sweeping without being too painful for most Democrats to support.
February 8, 2013 Some observers are wondering why American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-inspired superPAC, would bother to run a political attack ad against Hollywood star Ashley Judd, an outspoken supporter of President Obama who has said she's mulling a 2014 run against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
February 8, 2013 By the end of this month, the federal government is expected to file briefs in a pair of same-sex marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. One case poses questions so difficult that the president himself is expected to make the final decision on what arguments the Justice Department will make.
February 8, 2013 The controversy over President Obama's targeted-killings-by-drone policy is a reminder that the default position of presidents in times of crisis is to side with national security over civil liberties. That instinct has been true throughout history, and has been acted on by liberal presidents and core conservatives.
February 8, 2013 Marco Rubio, Republicans' pick to respond to Obama's State of the Union address, decides Tupac is not a political action committee. Plus: Karl Rove's group plays sides in GOP primaries, Democrats stay silent (for the most part) over drones, and we remember Ed Koch.
February 8, 2013 Congress likes to say it doesn't do earmarks anymore. And while that may be true, it's also a fact that targeted provisions are still useful in moving legislation — even critical legislation like the bill that pulled Washington back from the fiscal cliff last month.
February 7, 2013 One of the polling industry's oldest brand names is calling in an outsider to do a comprehensive review after its election polls last year consistently favored Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
February 7, 2013 The report also found that Latinos and Asian-Americans born in the U.S. are more likely to support abortion and gay rights than their foreign-born parents.