If the Obama administration winds up losing a Supreme Court case challenging President Obama's recess appointments, the Senate back story could make the win especially gratifying for Republicans.
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To an African-American coming of age in the late 1970s, there seemed two certainties: Nelson Mandela would die in prison in apartheid South Africa and no black person would become U.S. president in his lifetime. So much for youthful predictions.
After pleading guilty to cocaine possession and admitting an addiction to alcohol, Florida Rep. Trey Radel's political future is unclear. Democrats are calling on the freshman Republican to resign his seat.
Sen. Max Baucus released a detailed "discussion draft" Tuesday that envisions a revenue-neutral reshaping of the tax code. Among the plan's goals: bringing home some of the cash that U.S. corporations are thought to have parked overseas.
Liz Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president and a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Wyoming, reaffirmed her opposition to same-sex marriage Sunday. That prompted a very public rebuke from her sister and sister-in-law.
It came as little surprise that President Obama, an avid sports fan, leaned heavily on sports metaphors at his press conference Thursday to help explain the problems the administration has experienced rolling out the Affordable Care Act. His recent predecessors had similar tendencies when they wanted to convey ideas to the American public in simpler terms.
Twenty-nine lawmakers are supposed to come up with a long-term budget deal by mid-December. They meet again Wednesday around a conference table, facing huge hurdles and led by two people who couldn't be more different: Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Jason Carter, the grandson of the 39th president, launched his campaign for Georgia's top job Thursday. He joins a handful of other relatives of past presidents and vice presidents who will be on ballots around the country in 2014.
Already, there's a vigorous debate about whether the newly re-elected New Jersey governor is the GOP's best chance for regaining the White House. In early-voting states, many conservatives look at Christie with suspicion.
Politicians often call members of their own party to congratulate them on a successful campaign. But Biden seems to relish the opportunity, personally reaching out to 10 winning candidates in state and local races around the country Tuesday night.