December 27, 2012 There's no deal on the fiscal cliff; there's no deal on guns. There won't even be Ben Affleck in the U.S. Senate. But we might see more of Mark Sanford. Even worse, you have to listen to NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving explain all of that in this week's episode of the "It's All Politics" podcast.
December 27, 2012 President Barack Obama will meet with the four leaders of Congress Friday, to discuss a possible deal that would avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases in the new year.
December 27, 2012 Blacks also voted at a higher rate than other minorities in what could turn out to be a historic election, according to the Pew Research Center.
December 27, 2012 If Congress and the president can't reach a deal, budget cuts will go into effect next week. But most agencies won't be hit right away. The biggest planning headaches seem to be for payroll companies and others who deal with taxes — as they wait to see if automatic increases happen Jan. 1.
December 27, 2012 In the last election, the red states got redder and the blue ones bluer. That's true not only in presidential voting, but at the state level, where half the legislative chambers are now dominated by supermajorities of one party or the other. The result is that blue and red states are moving further apart on most major issues, including tax policy, abortion and guns.
December 27, 2012 To keep pace with the nation's increasing racial and ethnic diversity, the Census Bureau could change how it asks about identity in the 2020 count.
December 27, 2012 Accused by Republicans of running an agency that issued "job-killing regulations," Jackson has faced stiff political opposition in her four years at the Environmental Protection Agency.