February 14, 2013 Money flooding in from outside groups contributed to 33 percent more political TV ads in 2012 than 2008. The ads pounded away at voters' eyeballs and ears in just a few targeted cities in battleground states.
February 13, 2013 What's said and written about a State of the Union address on the morning after can determine what's most remembered. Headline writers have zeroed in on the president's talk about lifting the middle class, getting the economy moving and new gun laws.
February 13, 2013 In the State of the Union, Obama defends the legality of drone strikes and promises more openness with Congress.
February 12, 2013 Judging from the people invited to sit with the first lady, the subjects the president will focus on include gun violence, the economy and the war in Afghanistan.
February 12, 2013 The former vice president thinks the current president's national security team is "second rate." Cheney tells CBS that the president's policies are making the nation "vulnerable." But he thinks using drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists is "a good program."
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 7, 2013 The president said he worries that "as soon as we leave the prayer breakfast, everything we've been talking about the whole time at the prayer breakfast is forgotten." He and other leaders, Obama said, need to retain the "humility" they express when praying.
February 5, 2013 A March 1 deadline looms. That's when deep, automatic federal spending cuts are set to kick in. The president is asking for a small package that the White House says would give Congress more time to reach a permanent solution to budget problems.
February 2, 2013 The president sparked controversy last week when he told The New Republic he does skeet shooting "all the time." In response, the White House released a picture of Obama shooting skeet last August at Camp David.
January 31, 2013 When the president told The New Republic that "we do skeet shooting all the time" at Camp David, some critics had their doubts. The Washington Post's Fact Checker says it's withholding opinion on the veracity of the claim. Now, Fox News says it has learned of at least two times Obama went shooting.
January 29, 2013 In a long interview about many subjects, the president told The New Republic that he's been skeet shooting at Camp David. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., wonders "why have we not seen photos?" She thinks she should get to shoot with the president. "I bet I'll beat him," Blackburn tells CNN.
January 28, 2013 If President Obama wanted to pick the perfect wedge issue to split the Republican Party, he could hardly have improved on a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. Not that he has an ulterior motive in advocating for action on Capitol Hill. But it works out the same way.
January 27, 2013 Should NPR air inflammatory name-calling such as "racist," "homophobic" or "anti-Semitic" of a public figure when the proof is thin? A case involving Elliott Abrams and President Obama's nominee for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, raises questions about journalistic fairness, audience intelligence and American character.
January 27, 2013 In an interview with The New Republic, the president said that those who dismiss the traditions of hunting "out of hand make a big mistake." The comments come amid his administration's efforts to push gun control in the wake of the shootings last month in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children were killed.