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Sebelius, Leader Of Rocky Health Care Rollout, Resigns From HHS

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kathleen Sebelius has resigned from her position as secretary of health and human services. President Obama accepted her resignation, and he plans to nominate Sylvia Matthews Burwell to replace her.


Holder Plays Asparagus Card Against GOP Antagonist

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Revenge and asparagus are apparently dishes best served cold — at least when served by Attorney General Eric Holder.

After a testy exchange Tuesday with Rep. Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican who had clearly gotten on his last nerve, Holder delivered a dose of ridicule.

"Good luck with your asparagus," ...


The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The pay equity issue, which President Obama and Democrats are making a central theme of the 2014 midterm election campaign, is often framed as a women's issue. But Democrats are expecting it will also have crossover appeal to men.

For many men, it's a matter of self-interest: Two-income families are ...


You Could Be A 'New Republican' If You Agree With This Ad

Friday, April 04, 2014

A new video ad you can see online (or this Sunday on the Fox News Channel) features Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush describing what constitutes a "New Republican."

"If you believe that every parent ought to be able to choose their child's school ...


NPR Poll: GOP's Older Voter Advantage Slips From 4 Years Ago

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The new NPR poll had good news for Republicans and Democrats. As NPR correspondent Mara Liasson reported for Morning Edition, likely voters were nearly split evenly between support and opposition to the Affordable Care Act, with 51 percent against and 47 percent for.

That could be interpreted by ...


Campaign Finance Ruling Winners: The Political Pros

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision has been described both as a victory for the First Amendment and as another damaging blow to campaign finance laws.

One thing seems certain: The decision, which overturned limits on the aggregate amounts individual donors can give to candidates and campaigns, will mean more ...


Chicago Mayor Could Face Tough Re-Election Challenge

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Will Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served at President Obama's side during his first White House term, find himself facing a challenge from another politician who was once close to Obama?

Maybe, if the woman who is president of the Cook County Board, Toni Preckwinkle, decides to run to ...


When Politics Is Really Hardball — Baseball's Opening Day

Monday, March 31, 2014

Opening day of the 2014 Major League Baseball season started without the world's most famous southpaw, President Obama, throwing out the first pitch at Washington Nationals Park.

The Nationals were in New York City, where they began their season against the New York Mets with a 9-7 win.

But political, ...


In Politics, Hog Castration Cuts Through The Ad Clutter

Friday, March 28, 2014

One candidate talks fondly about castrating hogs in her youth and suggests that could be a useful skill in Washington.

Another fires semi-automatic weapons at a 2-foot-high stack of paper representing the Affordable Care Act before feeding it through a wood chipper.

Yet another has a group of ...


The Pope And The President: Common Ground But A Clear Divide

Thursday, March 27, 2014

President Obama's Vatican meeting with Pope Francis wasn't without a dose of irony.

The U.S. president, once the world leader whose vow of "hope" and "change" excited millions, seemed eclipsed Thursday in that department by the pope.

The pope certainly is polling better than Obama among Americans. A recent


For Senate Candidates, It's Gaffe Season

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

If a politician from Iowa is going to commit a gaffe, it's probably best if it doesn't involve farmers. Or if he represents Kentucky, it's best if college basketball isn't at the heart of it. Both are home-state icons.

That explains why Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley of Iowa was so ...


The Political Winner From The Proposed NSA Changes? Rand Paul

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's too early to gauge the political impact of President Obama's plans to tame the NSA's data-gathering effort. The full details of the proposal haven't been made public yet.

But it's not too soon to say that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., appears to be a winner. Paul, whose activities ...


Why The Democrats' Koch Brothers Fixation?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Another day, another wave of Democratic attacks on the Koch brothers and their Republican allies.

Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, took to the Senate floor Monday to bash the Koch brothers and the GOP, as has become his habit in recent weeks.

In his latest criticism, he accused ...


Health Law's 4th Birthday Divides Democrats, Unites GOP On Message

Friday, March 21, 2014

With the fourth anniversary of President Obama's signing of the Affordable Care Act this weekend, if you were a Democrat boasting about the health law, you were more than likely a party official or lawmaker with a seat so safe you could publicly celebrate the occasion.

Like Rep. Jan Schakowsky, ...


With Wind At Its Back, GOP Expands 2014 Senate Map

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Republicans seem to have all the momentum lately when it comes to the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.

GOP chances were already looking brighter because of the drag on Democrats from the Affordable Care Act and President Obama's low approval ratings. Then came two developments that suddenly expanded ...


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

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Second-term presidents who find their ability to shape domestic affairs limited by congressional constraints often view foreign policy as the arena in which they can post some successes.

Ronald Reagan had his second-term breakthrough with Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union's general secretary. Bill Clinton had the U.S. lead its NATO ...


GOP's Health Law Alternative Could Be Messy As Obamacare

Monday, March 17, 2014

Ever since Republicans began using the words "repeal and replace" back in 2010 to describe their intentions for the Affordable Care Act, they've faced a question: What, exactly, would they replace it with?

While there's currently no clear Republican alternative for the health care law, President Obama's signature domestic achievement, ...


Breakthrough On Jobless Benefits May Lead To Blind Alley

Friday, March 14, 2014

The bipartisan agreement in the Senate over a five-month extension of federal unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless may seem like a breakthrough.

But for Sister Marge Clark, senior lobbyist for NETWORK — a national Catholic social justice lobby that welcomes the news, the fact that the agreement ...


Will Democrats Change Their Health Law Message After Florida Loss?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Congressional Democrats' messaging on the Affordable Care Act obviously didn't work as they had hoped in the Florida special election for a vacant House seat, since Republican David Jolly won the Tuesday vote.

But does that mean Democrats should abandon the "fix it, don't nix" it message delivered by Democrat ...


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.

A no-nonsense Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, took to the Senate floor Tuesday to speak at length and publicly for the first time about a ...