Frank James

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Pew Poll: More Americans Are Political Purists

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Maybe there's something in humans that pushes them apart the way plate tectonics moves continents. Whatever the reason, the ideological divide between conservatives and progressives in the U.S. has grown over the past decade, and not by a little, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.



Cantor's Loss In Va. Is Immigration Issue's Death Knell. Or Not.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

As the smoke clears from the wreckage of the Republican establishment's monumental loss in the Virginia congressional primary, it appears that hopes of immigration overhaul have been snuffed out.

Economic professor Dave Brat, who beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday, made immigration policy a major part of ...


Meet David Brat, The Giant-Killer Who Knocked Off Eric Cantor

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Who is David Brat, the slayer of a goliath of congressional politics, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor?

The man who rocked the political world Tuesday is a 52-year-old, passionate, self-described "free-market, Milton Friedman economist" and a professor at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. In addition to economics, Brat ...


Eric Cantor's Collapse: What Happened?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

That shape-shifting spirit we call the Tea Party assumed yet a new form Tuesday and took down its most prominent victim of this year, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. In some ways, Cantor is the most significant Republican incumbent ousted in a primary since the latest intraparty rebellion by conservative ...


Hillary Clinton Refines Her Benghazi Response

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

As Hillary Clinton contemplates a 2016 presidential run, it's clear she'll need to answer Benghazi questions in a way that neutralizes conservative attacks and avoids politicizing the issue.

In her interview with NPR Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne, the former secretary of state unveiled a Benghazi answer that might be ...


Clinton Position On Cuba Signals New Political Era

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

One of the few revelations in Hard Choices, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's new book about her time in the Obama administration, is that she urged President Obama to end the U.S. embargo against Cuba.

"Since 1960, the United States had maintained an embargo against the island in hopes ...


Hillary Clinton: I Helped Restore U.S. Leadership In The World

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

To hear Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and once and maybe future Democratic presidential candidate tell it, her new book, Hard Choices, isn't the kickoff to a 2016 campaign.

She still hasn't made up her mind about another run for the presidency, she told Renee Montagne, co-host ...


State Senator's Resignation Roils Virginia Politics

Monday, June 09, 2014

A single legislator in Virginia's statehouse normally doesn't rate much attention beyond, say, his or her district or Richmond, the state capital.

But then again, the resignation of a single Democratic state senator doesn't normally shift control of Virginia's Senate from Democrats to Republicans — a move that possibly stops ...


Explaining The Bergdahl Swap Hasn't Been Obama's Finest Hour

Thursday, June 05, 2014

While White House officials are keeping a brave face, President Obama and his top aides obviously have a political firestorm on their hands, owing not only to the particular details of the prisoner exchange involving Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and five senior Taliban officials but how they informed Congress and the ...


Is Clinton Distancing Herself From Obama? Maybe Not

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Is Hillary Clinton distancing herself from the Obama administration in preparation for a 2016 presidential run?

Some observers suspect that's exactly what's happening via pieces like one in The Daily Beast based on ex-Obama administration officials telling a journalist that the former secretary of state wanted to drive a ...


Move Over Benghazi; Here Comes Bergdahl

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Just when it seemed like the outrage on the political right over Benghazi had subsided to the point where only the announcement of House hearings put it back in the headlines, the exchange of captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban fighters at Guantanamo Bay came along.

Now ...


New EPA Rules Burn Red State Democrats

Monday, June 02, 2014

While many on the left embraced the Environmental Protection Agency's new rules to reduce coal-burning power plant carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, some red state Democrats couldn't put enough distance between themselves and the Obama administration.

You would have had a tough time, for instance, distinguishing the reaction ...


Shinseki Couldn't Outflank Election-Year Politics

Friday, May 30, 2014

By President Obama's own admission, politics had a lot to do with why he decided to accept Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation Friday.

In saying that he accepted Shinseki's judgment that there was a real downside to his remaining in the Cabinet, Obama said: "Well, the distractions that Ric ...


Democrats Plan Ad Buys In Some Rather Blue Places

Friday, May 30, 2014

A list of the House races for which Democrats have asked broadcasters and cable companies to reserve $44 million in ad time provides a revealing look at the shape of the midterm election landscape this fall.

  • The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to spend money in some ...


Texas Tea Party Gives GOP Establishment The Blues

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

This was starting to look like a bad year for the Tea Party, with primary election losses to Republican establishment candidates beginning to pile up. Then came Texas.

In yet another example of the distinctiveness of Lone Star State politics, Tea Party candidates had a field day Tuesday in primary ...


No Democratic Stampede From Shinseki Yet — But Stay Tuned

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The good news for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is that there isn't yet an outright stampede of Democrats away from him, even as some call for his resignation.

The bad news is that doesn't mean there won't be.

Just last week, the retired four-star general caught up in the ...


Court Orders Conyers Back On Ballot

Friday, May 23, 2014

A federal court threw Rep. John Conyers a lifeline Friday with a decision that stops Michigan election officials from throwing the veteran lawmaker off the primary ballot.

The possibility of the 25-term Democratic congressman — who would become the longest-serving member in the House if he wins another term ...


Senate To NFL: Change The Redskins' Name

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The United States Senate ratcheted up the pressure on owner Daniel Snyder on Thursday after a letter — signed by half the Senate — was sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, asking him to use his authority to get the Washington Redskins to change a team name that many ...


Pelosi Picks Democratic Team For Benghazi Panel

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's decision to have Democrats participate on the House Benghazi select committee? A defensive move.

Some of her Democrats had urged Pelosi to boycott the committee. In their view, to take part would be to play into the hands of House Republicans who want to use ...


In Kentucky, An Epic Senate Race Takes Shape

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It says something about Kentucky's Republican Senate primary that its most memorable aspect wasn't some fiery debate exchange between Sen. Mitch McConnell and challenger Matt Bevin, or any kind of clash like that. There was no debate.

Instead, it was a weird viral Web video from the Senate minority ...