Charles Mahtesian

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Bill De Blasio Sworn In As New York City Mayor

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

De Blasio, the first Democrat elected as mayor in two decades, rode the subway to his swearing in. In his inaugural speech, he promised "a new progressive direction in New York."


Blast Rips Through Minneapolis Apartment Building

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

At least 13 victims have injuries ranging from burns to trauma suffered from jumping out windows.


9 Elections To Watch

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

From the Eastern Seaboard to the Pacific Northwest, there's a colorful and compelling roster of political contests on Tuesday. Many of them have national implications, including a gubernatorial contest in New Jersey and a special congressional runoff in Alabama.


GOP Congressman: 'Constitutional Crisis' If Obama Bucks Vote

Friday, September 06, 2013

Now that the president has consulted with Congress on military action in Syria, he must abide by its vote, says a House Foreign Affairs Committee Republican who backs limited strikes.


Even In An Obama Stronghold, Voters Saying 'No' On Syria

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Rep. Elijah Cummings, who represents a district in Maryland that gave the president landslide victories, reports deep resistance among his constituents. He says nearly all of the people contacting his office urge him to vote against U.S. military action.


The Senator Who Dodged The Syria Vote

Thursday, September 05, 2013

When it came time to cast the most important vote of his brief Senate career, Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey avoided taking a position. And his vote was all the more puzzling given the circumstances of his election.


The United States Of Dynasty: Boom Times For Political Families

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pick any place on the map and you're likely to find dynasty politics in full bloom. And just wait until the 2016 presidential election, where many of the top prospects are from America's most prominent political families.


San Diego Mayor Faces More Calls To Resign

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is facing growing calls for his resignation following sexual harassment allegations lodged against him. One of them came from his ex-fiancee.


5 Things To Know About America's Fastest-Growing Counties

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Energy production, military realignment, Hispanic immigration, student enrollment and changing retirement patterns are among the forces driving population gains in America's fastest-growing counties.


Privacy In Retreat, A Timeline

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The erosion of privacy is often pegged to post-Sept. 11 changes in federal law, but some of the most significant moments in our evolution to a less private world have come in the commercial realm.


5 Things You May Not Know About Sen. Frank Lautenberg

Monday, June 03, 2013

The wealthy New Jersey senator was a sharp-elbowed politician who left his mark through legislation.


For Chris Christie, Obama Connection Has Risks, Rewards

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Could New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's presidential aspirations be damaged by his friendly relationship with President Obama?


'Wounded Warrior' Mark Sanford Completes Political Comeback

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

The former South Carolina governor whose political career seemed to end in ignominy in 2010 defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, 54 percent to 45 percent. The Republican's career had unraveled following a highly publicized extramarital affair in 2009.


It's not you, it's me: Judd Gregg withdraws nomination

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sen. Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican who was asked to join President Obama's Cabinet as Commerce secretary, has declined the invitation. He announced his decision at a press conference yesterday, claiming it would be "difficult day in and day out to serve in this cabinet." We are joined by Charles Mahtesian, national political editor for for more details on Gregg's decision.

For a look at who is in the president's Cabinet, check out our handy guide.

Judd Gregg's press conference on his decision to withdraw: