January 24, 2013 As if the federal budget process isn't confusing enough, now it's being complicated by a partisan war on Capitol Hill. What's really going on?
January 22, 2013 If President Obama's second inaugural speech did anything for conservatives, it was to reaffirm their suspicion of the president as an unreconstructed liberal. After a day of reflection, former vice presidential opponent Paul Ryan said it showed Obama as a "proud and confident liberal progressive."
January 20, 2013 Barack Obama was always going to have a place in history as the first African-American president. That's no small feat given the nation's peculiar past. But achieving what other Democratic presidents couldn't fueled deep divisions within the country and set the table for a second term with daunting challenges.
January 15, 2013 If you didn't know any better, you might think that even if new gun control proposals from President Obama become stalled in Washington's gridlock, the states will rush in to fill the void. A few states might, but don't expect a national trend.
January 14, 2013 Recent Cabinet picks have only contributed to a long-standing perception that the president is, at the very least, somewhat tone-deaf when it comes to the role of women in his administration. And in politics, perception is often reality.
January 10, 2013 A hard reality any re-elected president must face is that there are only so many people who have the president's confidence, experience to run a Cabinet department, personal backgrounds that can withstand vetting, and are politically acceptable to the opposition party.
January 7, 2013 President Obama wants Nebraska Republican Chuck Hagel to run the Pentagon. Hagel's confirmation would put four men with close ties from their Senate days at the center of the nation's foreign policy and national security policymaking. And that's something Obama is willing to fight for.
January 5, 2013 The framers of the Constitution didn't spell out all the responsibilities of the speaker of the House. In practice, one of those duties has been engaging in one-on-one negotiations with a president on important policy issues. But John Boehner says no more — even with new fiscal fights looming.
January 3, 2013 By letting the House take up the Senate's fiscal cliff-dodging legislation that raises income tax rates on the wealthiest earners, Speaker John Boehner answered affirmatively a question that had been on many minds: Would he allow an up-or-down floor vote on a bill opposed by most fellow House Republicans?
December 21, 2012 John Boehner's inability to get fellow Republicans to line up behind him not only increases doubts about his future as House speaker; it also raises a more immediate question for President Obama: Who can he negotiate with in the effort to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff?
December 20, 2012 The mayor of Newark, N.J., ended whatever suspense existed by saying he will "explore" a run for the U.S. Senate, not governor. He thereby averts a clash with the very popular Gov. Chris Christie.
December 19, 2012 The horror of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school murders, still fresh in the minds of so many Americans, took a back seat to Washington's obsession with budget talks and the city's partisan divide.
December 18, 2012 If, as the White House indicated on Tuesday, President Obama takes the lead in a movement for more effective gun control now that he's been stirred to action by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, it would mark a significant break from his pattern so far as chief executive.
December 17, 2012 President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner held another closed-door meeting Monday. If that secrecy troubled anyone, you'd expect it to be open-government watchdogs. But they have few objections. "Sometimes compromise has to be reached behind closed doors," says one.
December 14, 2012 Horrible acts of violence have forced President Obama to speak to a shocked nation after several mass shootings — at a shopping center in Arizona, a Colorado movie theater, a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin and, on Friday, a Connecticut elementary school. He said something must be done "regardless of the politics."