Policymaking By Pen: Obama's New Twist On Old Strategy

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Obama's aggressive use of executive orders is nothing new, either for him or for the presidency in general. But his decision to craft policies on his own is already getting congressional pushback.


Why Red-State Kentucky Got A Shoutout From Obama

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

President Obama described the state as "not the most liberal part of the country." In fact, Kentucky gives him lower approval ratings than all but seven other states. Yet the state's Democratic governor has pushed Obama's priorities on health and education more successfully than most other governors.


Michigan Governor: Immigrant Influx Could 'Jump-Start' Detroit

Sunday, January 26, 2014

"They're job generators for Americans," Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says of skilled legal immigrants. "So this could be a huge economic boom to help accelerate ... the comeback of Detroit."


How Long Is Too Long? Congress Revisits Mandatory Sentences

Thursday, January 09, 2014

An unlikely alliance of Tea Party and liberal senators is working on legislation that could cut controversial federal sentencing minimums in half.


Democrats Tackle Politics Of Income Inequality

Monday, January 06, 2014

Their embrace of the issue, which includes minimum wage and unemployment insurance legislation, has drawn pushback from the GOP. Republicans say the efforts are politically motivated and designed to distract from problems with the health care law.


Partisan Evolution Gap? Politically Insignificant, GOP Says

Thursday, January 02, 2014

A new Pew survey showing that belief in evolution has dropped among Republicans is fueling critics who argue the GOP is anti-science. But Republican strategists say it's not an issue that will matter at the polls.


Another Partisan Divide: Mitt Romney's Looks

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A new study suggests that individual political biases might have caused 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to literally look different to Republicans than Democrats.


Is Economic Populism A Problem Or A Solution For Democrats?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A recent op-ed from a centrist Democratic think tank reignited an intraparty fight over the political pluses and perils of economic populism. But there are good reasons why we're unlikely to see a repeat of the battles of the mid-1980s.


Ethics Panel Hands Down Holiday Gift Rules — In Rhyme

Monday, December 09, 2013

With stern and often complex limits on accepting gifts, the House Ethics Committee sends out a guidance memo each holiday season. This year's version has seven pages of Capitol Hill holiday gift rules — and one page of advice in the form of a poem.


Poll: Support For Obama Among Young Americans Eroding

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

A new survey finds that just 41 percent of adults ages 18-29 approve of Obama's job performance, his lowest-ever standing among the group. A majority of millennials also disapprove of the Affordable Care Act and the way Obama is handling a host of other key issues.


How 2013 Became The Greatest Year In Gay Rights History

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

From the White House and the Supreme Court on down, gay rights advocates have won a string of victories this year. Many Americans remain opposed to same-sex marriage, but support for gays and gay marriage has been rising — particularly among young people.


With Nominees Stalled, Democrats Reprise Filibuster Threat

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

With Republicans blocking the nominations of one African-American and two female judges to a key appeals court, Senate Democrats are again pondering a rules change to curtail the minority's ability to filibuster judicial appointments. But even Democrats themselves are split on whether to proceed.


When Lobbyists Literally Write The Bill

Monday, November 11, 2013

Lobbyists are known for their influence, but perhaps less obvious is that lobbyists often write legislation — sometimes word for word. In a recent example, media reports showed how bank lobbyists had a hand in drafting a House bill aimed at rolling back financial regulations.


7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The premier lessons of Tuesday night's contests ended up being pieces of time-honored wisdom demonstrated anew: Issues matter. Money talks. And polls — including exit polls — can be misleading.


Employment Non-Discrimination Act Passes First Senate Hurdle

Monday, November 04, 2013

A bill to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity has more Senate support than ever before. But its prospects are grim in the GOP-controlled House.


Obama's Speech On Syria May Fail To Sway Doubters

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The president framed the need to take punitive action against Syria in a historical and moral context. But in a tacit acknowledgment of public and congressional resistance, he said he was postponing further military and political action while pursuing newfound diplomatic openings.


A Viewer's Guide To Obama's Syria Speech

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The president's prime-time speech Tuesday is probably his last, best chance to win support for his plan to launch a military strike against Syria.


Polite Reception For Obama College Cost Plan Belies Hurdles

Thursday, August 22, 2013

President Obama's big idea of linking federal financial aid to a new college ratings system — based on metrics like student debt levels — would require congressional action. That means it would have to make it through the GOP-led House, where Obama's initiatives don't have a great track record.


Semantic Gymnastics: GOP In Tug Of War Over Delegate Rule

Thursday, August 15, 2013

An imbroglio playing out Thursday at a GOP meeting is over the swap of the word "may" for the word "shall" — and how that little change could affect the 2016 presidential prospects of potential out-of-the-GOP-mainstream candidates.


For Democrats And Republicans, It's Happily (N)ever After

Monday, August 12, 2013

Most dating sites won't pair up people from the two different parties. And for good reason, according to some researchers. Ideology, particularly on social issues, is as strong a predictor of whether couples will make it as religion or drinking habits.