August 6, 2013 If you like your gubernatorial campaigns negative and nasty, then Virginia's governor's race is for you, and will likely remain so until Election Day in November. How could it not be with such good raw material for attack ads?
August 2, 2013 The idea of compromise has vanished from Congress. And there were no signs Friday that anything will be different when it returns in September from its five-week break.
August 1, 2013 Any Republican seeking the White House must be able to capture the conservative electorate of the GOP primaries, and then the more moderate general-election voter. As of now, the tough-talking governor and libertarian senator each seem prepared for one part of that two-pronged challenge.
July 31, 2013 Both Janet Yellen and Lawrence Summers have awe-inspiring credentials. So Obama's decision seems to come down to whose understanding of the economy most closely matches his own, and which candidate is likeliest to have people looking back years from now saying: "That was an inspired pick."
July 30, 2013 Big Money often gets what it wants in Washington. But when it comes to the immigration debate, there are no guarantees of success.
July 30, 2013 A new Pew Research Center survey suggests that an eight-state region of the country — Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma — is significantly more conservative on abortion than it was two decades ago.
July 26, 2013 Maybe Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky Democrat who hopes to unseat Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, is ready for prime time after all.
July 25, 2013 In the war over the right to vote in the U.S., the Justice Department's choice of Texas as the battleground for its first legal action following the Supreme Court's weakening of the Voting Rights Act has a feeling of inevitability.
July 24, 2013 In an odd way, Rep. Steve King could actually wind up helping Republican members of Congress who want to overhaul immigration laws.
July 23, 2013 As President Obama prepared to give his first in a series of economic speeches, starting at Illinois' Knox College on Wednesday, most signs pointed to a cranking up of the brinkmanship that has led to so much economic uncertainty.
July 22, 2013 Sen. Mitch McConnell's job requires him to make deals with Democrats, something at which he's been especially good. But he may be forced to use proxies like Sen. John McCain because of an expected Tea Party primary challenger to his re-election.
July 19, 2013 President Obama did something no other holder of his office has ever had the life experience to do: As the first African-American president, he used the bully pulpit to explain black America to white America.
July 19, 2013 When Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington issued a report listing 18 governors as the nation's "worst" it immediately raised eyebrows and some partisan ire for its notable tilt — just two were Democrats.
July 17, 2013 Granting a presidential amnesty to people in the country illegally would not only be received as a declaration of war by many of his Republican opponents; it most likely wouldn't go down well even with some Democratic allies.