Ron Elving appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.