March 23, 2012 President Obama made his first public comments Friday about the Trayvon Martin shooting, which opened him up to approval and suspicion in this racially and politically polarized nation.
March 23, 2012 "We have a left knob and a right knob," Martin Killgallon said of his company's toy, "so we neutrally speak to both parties." That's a perfect quote in the middle of a political firestorm.
March 21, 2012 With Mitt Romney's win in Illinois, the odds that the GOP will arrive in Tampa without a clear nominee are lower than before. Newt Gingrich might not even be eligible for the floor fight.
March 21, 2012 The contest consuming most potential voters is not the state's April 3 presidential primary when 42 potentially crucial delegates will be awarded. It's the June 5 recall election of Gov. Scott Walker.
March 21, 2012 Were he around today, one wonders if Ronald Reagan would have the chance to grow into the figure he became.
March 21, 2012 Illinois, with its more upscale, well-educated and moderate Republicans, especially in the counties surrounding Chicago, was always favorable political terrain for Mitt Romney. It was no surprise that he won, but the margin was impressive. And he also showed strength among voters he has had trouble courting.
March 20, 2012 As Illinois Republicans vote in their presidential primary, only one GOP candidate is expected to be in the state. Mitt Romney planned what he hopes to be a victory party Tuesday night in the Chicago suburbs.
March 19, 2012 This week the action in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is in Illinois, which holds its primary Tuesday.
March 19, 2012 Mitt Romney handily won the Puerto Rico primary after Rick Santorum turned off many voters with a comment about English needing to be the island's official language. Romney and Santorum next were taking their battle for GOP delegates to Illinois where the former Massachusetts governor had a lead in polls but where the GOP party's shift to the right made predicting the outcome difficult...
March 15, 2012 Obama hosted British Prime Minister Cameron... Santorum trails Romney in money as well as delegates... Romney is looking to swing states and districts to boost his claim on the nomination.
March 14, 2012 To hear Rick Tyler of the pro-Gingrich superPAC tell it, Gingrich is sitting in the catbird seat. All he needs to do is wait for the Republican National Convention in Tampa to roll around in August with none of the candidates having the 1,144 delegates required for the nomination.
March 14, 2012 With Illinois holding its GOP presidential primary next Tuesday, NPR's Don Gonyea speaks to voters in and around the iconic American test market of Peoria, asking: Will Illinois embrace Mitt Romney's politics, or follow the South's lead and favor Rick Santorum?
March 14, 2012 All was not gloom and doom for the on-again, off-again, on-again frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. A new Pew Research poll indicated that Romney was once again the clear favorite nationally among Republicans and GOP-leaning independents for the nomination, leading Rick Santorum 33 to 24 percent in a poll that was in the field through Sunday.