Frank James

Frank James appears in the following:

With Wind At Its Back, GOP Expands 2014 Senate Map

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Between President Obama's weakened approval ratings, the Affordable Care Act and widespread economic worries, Democrats find themselves on the defensive in the battle for the Senate.


Obama's Foreign Policy: More Second-Term Misses Than Hits

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Second-term presidents who find themselves limited by congressional constraints often see foreign policy as an arena for success. But it seems to be giving President Obama more fits than achievements.


GOP's Health Law Alternative Could Be Messy As Obamacare

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Republicans' proposals for an alternative to the Affordable Care Act, judging from the few details available, could threaten some of the health law's most popular features.


Breakthrough On Jobless Benefits May Lead To Blind Alley

Friday, March 14, 2014

A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal to extend insurance for the long-term unemployed. But the road to final passage is full of partisan obstacles.


Will Democrats Change Their Health Law Message After Florida Loss?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Democrats' Affordable Care Act message, essentially "fix it, don't nix" obviously didn't lead to victory in the Florida special election. But it doesn't look like they'll be changing their approach.


Feinstein's CIA Outrage Splits Senate

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Senate was a chamber divided in reaction to Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein's diatribe against the CIA for allegedly hacking into Senate computers.


Gas Exports Debate Makes Better Domestic Politics Than Geopolitics

Monday, March 10, 2014

Not everyone agrees that more U.S. natural gas exports would be an effective lever against Russian President Vladimir Putin.


CPAC's Conservative-Libertarian Split Could Be Hard To Bridge

Friday, March 07, 2014

Same-sex marriage and the National Security Agency's data gathering are two issues that show the wide divide between conservatives and libertarians.


3 Lessons From Obama's Failed Justice Department Nomination

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Why was it such a disaster? Seven Democrats defected from their party to vote against President Obama's nominee.


CPAC 2014: Reading The Tea (Party) Leaves

Thursday, March 06, 2014

As the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference gets underway, one of the major questions hanging over the event is this: how much clout does the Tea Party still have?


Bill Clinton, Party-Builder In Chief

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The former president's political portfolio is in keeping with his longstanding efforts to build the Democratic Party into a more powerful organizational force.


Ukraine Is The Latest Overseas Crisis To Blur DC's Partisan Lines

Monday, March 03, 2014

Politics may not stop at the waters edge (if it ever did). But it does get more complicated, as Russia's involvement in Ukraine is the latest foreign policy crisis to demonstrate.


Hillary Clinton's Political Acumen And Other Tidbits From New Docs

Friday, February 28, 2014

The new documents from the Clinton Presidential Library shed little new light on the former first lady, but they did provide a flashbacks to the political climate of the period.


Clintons Provide Firepower Behind DNC 'Voter Expansion Project'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A new Democratic National Committee effort is designed to counter voter ID and other laws that make it harder for many voters to cast their ballots. Bill and Hillary Clinton are lending their help.


Pentagon Cuts Promise Political Pain

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cutting defense spending is about as popular as proposing Social Security cuts. In other words, not very. But it must be done despite the politics, say officials who have helped close military bases.


Obama And Boehner Relationship Anything But Solid

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The president and the House speaker have had few face-to-face meetings, and their relationship has more often been marked by angry finger-pointing.


The Lessons Of John Dingell's Departure

Monday, February 24, 2014

It's remarkable that an accomplished legislator like Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who is the longest serving member of Congress in history, stayed so long into an era of congressional dysfunction.


FCC Won't Ask Journalists To Explain Themselves After All

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission conduced a strategic withdrawal from a politically controversial plan to ask journalists how they decide what is and isn't news.


Obama Buoys Democrats By Dropping Social Security Cut Idea

Thursday, February 20, 2014

You could almost hear the sigh of relief from Democrats when the White House announced President Obama's 2015 budget wouldn't include a proposal that would have lowered Social Security benefits.


How A Remote Alaska Road Became A Political Wedge Issue

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Judging from an opponent's attack, you could easily conclude that Sen. Mark Begich opposes a lifeline to the small Aleutian village of King Cove. But the opposite is true.