Ron Elving

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How Senate Democrats Will Choose Their Next Leader

Friday, March 27, 2015

Closed-door leadership elections are held on a given day, but really take place over years of interaction and commerce among caucus members. Ideology and issues are not the paramount concern.


Amazingly, Congress Actually Got Something Done

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.


With Sen. Dan Coats' Retirement, One More Gone From The Old School

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

These days, flying with both the defense hawks who want more money for the Pentagon and the budget hawks who want to attack the deficit has become more difficult within the GOP.


5 Reasons Cruz Announced His Candidacy Early

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cruz has not been the buzz candidate so far in the GOP's 2016 discussions — nor the media's. In fact, he has seemed at times a bit of a faded rose, a skyrocket that has spent much of its sparkle.


A First For Joe: Biden Could Break Tie To Confirm Attorney General

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Vice presidents have cast 244 tiebreakers in the Senate, but if Biden rescues Loretta Lynch's bid, it will be the first time it has been used for a Cabinet nomination.


Hillary Clinton Renews Tradition Of Trial By News Conference

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A key factor in controversies affecting presidential candidates has been the manner in which the media handled the story — and the manner in which the candidate handled the media.


Wild Day In Madison Likely To Be Another Win For Gov. Walker

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The latest protests in Madison could reinforce Walker's law-and-order image, at least with Wisconsinites who voted for him — and Iowa Republicans who will be voting for president early next year.


Failed Keystone Veto Override Marks Another Win For Veto Pen

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Since the beginning of the republic, regular presidential vetoes have been overridden only 7 percent of the time, and that percentage falls to 4 percent if you include the sneakier "pocket veto."


6 Years On, Is The Tea Party Here To Stay?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Disillusionment with Wall Street, big political parties, big deficits and big government in general began even under Republican George W. Bush, but it took a hard turn after the election of 2008.

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Why Congress Doesn't Really Worry About What Most Americans Think

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Polls show Americans are largely in favor of authorizing further actions against the Islamic State. Yet there is one group of Americans that is having far more trouble deciding how it feels: Congress.


Honoring Presidents Day Reminds Us 2016 Isn't That Far Away

Monday, February 16, 2015

On this holiday, we look ahead to who might enter the 2016 presidential race. Is Democrat Hillary Clinton going to run, and what Republicans might decide to enter the race?


Why Convention Sites Don't Make Very Good Swing State Strategy

Friday, February 13, 2015

The idea that convention cities are decided with an eye toward winning the host city's state is popular to the point of being irresistible. But it doesn't fare well against the facts.


In White House Memory, A-U-M-F Translates To B-U-S-H

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Surely it is not a welcome thought for the current White House that it is going to Congress for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force " ... just like President Bush."


Ukraine Is Just 1 Foreign Policy Challenge On Obama's Agenda

Monday, February 09, 2015

President Obama is expected to submit to Congress what's called an AUMF, an authorization for the use of military force against ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State.


Life In The 'New' Washington: In Your Face! No, In YOUR Face!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The 114th Congress so far has displayed all the dominant traits inherited from its parents – the 113th and 112th congresses. It's all about honoring past promises and settling old scores.


Abortion Vote Shows How Much Democrats' World Has Changed

Monday, January 26, 2015

Of those 64 Democrats who cast a key anti-abortion vote in November 2009, only 12 remain in the House today.


Senate Says Climate Change Real, But Not Really Our Fault

Friday, January 23, 2015

The brand new chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Sen. Roger Wicker was the only senator to vote against calling climate change "real and not a hoax."


Obama State Of The Union Seeks To 'Turn The Page' To A Brighter Chapter

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Republicans find Obama galling, in part, because he seems so blithe in defying them. To them, the historical page that is being turned at this moment is the one with Obama's face on it.


Obama Joins Ike, The Gipper, Bill And George II In A Club No One Wants To Be In

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Clinton began his seventh year with a unique if dubious distinction: He was the only president ever to give a State of the Union speech with impeachment charges pending against him in the Senate.


Iowa's Sen. Ernst Grabs Spotlight That's Often Proven Too Hot

Friday, January 16, 2015

As often as not, the opportunity to speak right after the president has been the kiss of death for aspiring politicians — especially for the GOP during the Obama years.