April 6, 2012 Could it be that President Obama is at once the best and the worst president? Is it perhaps possible that because the world is such a complicated mass of contradictions, we — as a nation — are forced to balance two completely opposing notions of a president at once?
April 5, 2012 President Obama's signing of the JOBS Act gives him one more talking point with which to try and blunt the GOP's election-year charges that he's been bad for jobs. And those charges are unlikely to be diminished by his signing legislation for which Republicans claim credit.
April 4, 2012 The Republican presidential contender took to the same stage where President Obama on Tuesday had harsh words for the GOP's deficit-reduction plans.
April 4, 2012 Now that the Republican primary contest finally appears to be petering out, President Obama and Mitt Romney wasted no time training their sights on each other.
March 15, 2012 Vice President Biden took on the traditional role that has been reserved to those who have previously served in his position as the political wing man for a president seeking re-election: he went on the attack.
March 15, 2012 President Obama's re-election campaign is releasing a video Thursday that looks back on his first term. The video was directed by Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim and narrated by actor Tom Hanks. But it isn't anything new: Video tributes to candidates have a long history.
March 7, 2012 David Axelrod, the president's political strategist, indicated to journalists Wednesday that Obama's campaign will use Romney's response to the Limbaugh's misogynistic comments about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke to further define the Republican frontrunner as someone without the mettle to be president.
March 6, 2012 While Republican candidates slug it out for their party's White House nomination, President Obama is getting a head start on the general election. His campaign is opening offices, lining up volunteers and identifying supporters in swing states, including Virginia, which holds its GOP primary Tuesday.
February 28, 2012 If Obama president sounded confident, maybe even a bit triumphant, some polling suggested he had good reason to feel upbeat, at least in Michigan. A recent NBC News/Marist poll found the president leading Romney in the state by 18 percentage points and Santorum by 26 points.
February 22, 2012 Priorities USA Action has unveiled a new ad in Michigan in advance of that state's GOP primary next week. It takes former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to task for opposing the auto industry bailout.
February 21, 2012 Could higher gas prices hurt President Obama's chances at re-election. Five Thirty Eight blogger Nate Silver and economists have looked for a correlation between higher energy prices and the fortunes of the incumbent party and found a link though not a strong one.
February 17, 2012 White House officials and Cabinet secretaries will soon be helping to raise money for a pro-Obama superPAC, Priorities USA Action. The superPAC says it's being careful to stay within the rules, but some argue that it shouldn't be happening at all.
February 15, 2012 The poll, released Tuesday, found President Obama's approval rating had bounced back up to 50 percent from 47 percent in January. Not a huge improvement but in presidential politics, getting to at least 50 percent approval is key for an incumbent seeking re-election. The recovering economy gets much of the credit for his rising approval rates.
February 13, 2012 In some fairly horrible news for Romney, he's not just having trouble persuading Republican voters he's conservative; the more he professes his conservatism, the less they apparently believe him.
February 13, 2012 Deficit reduction takes a back seat to job growth in the federal budget President Obama will unveil Monday. Republicans criticized the spending plan for raising taxes without doing more to stem the deficit. That disagreement is likely to frame the debate between now and the November election.