Don’t be surprised if Democrats keep power. But either way, gridlock will remain.
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Minimum wage, marijuana and abortion measures will help drive voter turnout in some tight U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races this November.
After looking at the downside risks, most companies will continue to offer their workers coverage.
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Though the GOP will pick up seats this fall, winning six seats from Democrats is an iffy proposition.
Bitter primary battles ahead plus tough Electoral College math pose big challenges.
Look for many changes—from faster wireless service to more football on TV.
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Minimum wage, same-sex marriage, pension reform, marijuana and food safety are on the agenda in state capitals.
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The threat of lost business will push lawmakers to limit collection of phone data -- for now.
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Much as he might like to, House Speaker John Boehner can’t ignore the tea party.
Recent leaks about Uncle Sam’s Big Brother tactics will spur the first major reforms in four decades.
Even with sequestration, Washington will pay $6 trillion for outside help for the rest of the decade.
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What Kiplinger editors were planning to say about Kennedy…until word of his assassination came from Dallas.
Our intrepid White House reporter tells what it’s like to travel aloft with presidents.
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Deal or not, the next fight between Congress and the White House is just weeks away.
The speaker’s stark choice: Please the tea party or lose his job.
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Closing down the government is a feel-good stunt for the far right that will end up wasting taxpayer dollars.
Amid concerns that the NSA overstepped its bounds, Congress eyes surveillance limits.
With lawmakers and President Obama far apart, compromise seems to be a dirty word in Washington.
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Congress won't repeal the insurance law, but conservatives will score political points by trying.
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In states that allow same-sex marriage, businesses should prepare for sweeping changes to benefits administration.
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Employers in some states will see more choices and lower bills when mandated medical coverage begins.
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Major health care changes start January 1, when most people are required to have coverage or pay a penalty for ignoring the federal mandate.
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Congress will make some changes to help contractors and vendors, but a big fix won’t come before the 2014 elections.
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Administration stumbles give Republicans new grounds to fight back in the second term.
Some programs have wide latitude from Congress to shift funds and avoid furloughs, but many don't.
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Momentum is building for a tax code overhaul, and lower taxes on stock transactions could be doomed.
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Why biking, drinking, smoking and winning the lottery will cost you more in some locales.
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The truce won't last, but it will allow some major bills to pass, including immigration reform.
Washington's fight over taxes, entitlements and spending cuts will spill into another year.
You can see, dollar-by-dollar, where $85 billion will be sliced out of the Federal budget this year.
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President Obama jockeys for position ahead of the March 1 deadline that will trigger the start of $1.2 trillion in cuts to domestic and defense programs.
In a divided Washington, the worst is yet to come.
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Many Republicans argue that their party needs to reach out to Hispanics to stay relevant in national elections.
Several key appointments will provide the president with fresh advice.
Entitlement reform, long resisted, will be part of the high-stakes fiscal cliff debate.
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How did this presidential picking methodology hold up? Not bad at all.
Immediate tasks include finding ways to avoid the fiscal cliff and Iranian nukes.
Romney closed the gap but the electoral map still works against him as Election Day draws near.
Obama has lost momentum in the 2012 campaign. Now he may lose the White House.
Both candidates for the White House are spewing a lot of rhetoric on taxes. But what exactly do the buzzwords mean and how would their proposals affect you?
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Political campaigns have poured over a billion dollars into local television stations. With three weeks to go until Election Day, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
A weak night by the president gives Mitt Romney new life in the race for the White House.
Unrest in the Middle East gives Romney an opening to ding Obama.
A leaner military is in the cards, but the force will remain dominant.
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Romney needs a big shift in momentum to close the gap, but time is running short.
In a fight for independent voters, the president can't ignore GOP attacks on his record.
After upbeat conventions, Romney and Obama will stick to attacks.
The Tampa convention should give the GOP nominee a bounce, if his message is heard.
Romney can win, but voter perceptions about the economy leave a difficult path.
The vice presidential pick is a bold one, but the risks may outweigh the rewards.
Firms are opposed to costly new laws. But they might have the most to lose.
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Important business will go down in Tampa and Charlotte. You just won’t be able to see it.
For the rest of the year, uncertainty about the U.S. economy will throw a wet blanket over spending.
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The Olympics and the summer doldrums leave little time for the candidate to shore up party kingmakers before the Republican convention.
The VP's biggest job this campaign season is to win blue-collar voters in key states for his boss.
As businesses and consumers prepare for new insurance rules, Republicans in Congress will try to overturn the health care law.
In the absence of a uniform federal policy, fights over state laws will linger for years.
Decision to bypass Rubio and write off Hispanic vote makes economy even more critical to Romney’s chances.
Perceptions of the economy this summer will shape the outcome of the 2012 election.
The list of key states is much shorter this year, leaving Obama and Romney little room for blunders.
No matter who wins the 2012 presidential election, the minority party can thwart his agenda.
Advisers see Romney's work at Bain as an opening for the president to gain in the 2012 White House race.
Having knocked off Senate veteran Richard Lugar, the right is now looking to battles in Wisconsin, Utah and Nebraska.
Hard right rhetoric in the House and Senate will cool as November nears.
North Carolina, Missouri, Arizona and Wisconsin may be factors in the 2012 presidential race.
This lame-duck Congress will have big issues to tackle in little time. Feathers are sure to fly.
At a White House summit on personal finance last week, President Obama and his top economic advisors sketched battle lines for his upcoming duel with Mitt Romney.
He nearly overstayed his welcome, but a quick and forceful endorsement of Romney will extend his political future.
The President tells Kiplinger that his working-class upbringing differs from the GOP candidates.
Why the GOP nominee won't pick Palin or Santorum. Why he should pick Rubio.
A faster pullout would be an insult to the U.S. troops who died fighting terrorism.
Even without a chance to win the GOP nomination, the former House speaker has a lot to gain.
As the inevitable GOP nominee, he should focus on Obama and the economy. Now.
He'll try to convince Israel to let sanctions work, but Netanyahu seems ready to act alone.
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At some point, the president has to appease his base, and there's little the GOP can offer him in exchange for backing down.
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With all of the focus on the economy, other topics get short shrift from White House candidates.
With money and organization behind it, the campaign of the former Massachusetts governor is built for the long haul.
By choosing the Florida senator as his running mate, the GOP nominee-to-be can address some of his own shortcomings.
Both candidates for the White House see early engagement as a chance to move poll numbers and frame the fall debate.
The race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination will be over quickly, despite what you hear from the pundits.
The House GOP's misplay on the payroll tax may cost Speaker John Boehner his job -- and help preserve the president's.
Some mainstream GOP candidates might sit out 2012 races, much to the delight of incumbent Democrats.
Mainstream Republicans are breathing easier as the South Carolina senator steps down.
He’ll make it interesting, but GOP voters will find Romney the better bet to beat President Obama.
Though many Republicans don't like him, one by one his opponents are self-destructing.
By tapping into discontent, the new movement might lift Obama, Democrats, in 2012 races. But the road is long and obstacles abound.
How one former official with a vested interest is pressing fellow Democrats to help corporations.
The GOP nomination is his to lose. The sluggish economy might make the general election his to win. Then what?
Unlocking six secrets of predicting the race for president from a close reading of campaign history.
Congress will avert a government shutdown, but the budget process remains gummed-up.
Even without congressional action, the retirement system won’t go broke for decades, so why all the fuss? It’s all about scaring voters.
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Republicans, sensing a chance to oust a weakened incumbent, will block key parts of the president’s jobs plan.
The GOP has a chance to topple the incumbent, but presidential candidates might squander it.
It’s too late for any new candidate to make a serious White House bid.
The debt deal will require the GOP to choose between small tax changes and massive military cuts. In the end, the defense hawks will rule.
The Internet amplifies and exaggerates the political fringe -- on both sides. But in the end, the quiet ones will make the most noise.
The upcoming straw poll and next year’s caucuses give the state an outsize role in presidential politics.
With tea partyers reluctant to negotiate, he has only bad choices as the default deadline looms.
Apparently so. The similarities are striking.
The feds are stepping up audits and fines while states are imposing even harsher penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants.
That's right, we're taking a look way into the future -- when the GOP will have better odds .
Both parties in Congress will give ground to avoid default, but it's not going to be pretty.
As the 2012 election looms, the White House tries to mend fences by delaying government rules that might lead to layoffs and cut investment.
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Her strength in Iowa threatens the former Minnesota governor’s bid to become the Republican alternative to Mitt Romney.
Cuts in stimulus money and rising Medicaid costs add up to big budget problems.
At a first-ever White House summit of its kind, the President shares a few life lessons on saving, investing in yourself, and managing debt.
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It will be years before most of America sees gains in home prices again that match historic norms. There are too many problems to resolve.
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Many questions remain, but some big dropouts help frame the 2012 Republican presidential primary battle.
Deep cuts put local officials on the defensive as recall efforts mount.
The Indiana governor’s candidacy would force a serious discussion of budget cuts and the economy.
Confirmation hearings will give congressional critics a public stage to challenge the president on security issues.
Obama’s political stock will rise, but for how long?
Fixing the economy by greening the earth? That concept will be put on hold.
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If Obama is so far left, why are liberals so unhappy?
The stage is set for the real fight over spending. It’ll make the shutdown spat look tame.
GOP gamble on Medicare, possible shutdown will shape outcome for Obama, lawmakers.
The GOP might counter with a Hispanic vice presidential candidate.
The Republican race to face Obama is wide open.
Obama borrows a page from George H.W. Bush’s playbook to deal with a loony leader.
Remembering a reporter who made Washington -- and journalism -- better.
The next defense chief must deal with war, budget cuts and the 2012 elections.
Are lawmakers in the cut-spending camp misreading public sentiment?
Unions will be forced to yield on money issues if they want to hang onto any influence at all.
'Birthers' may please some in the vocal Republican base, but at what cost at the polls?
Presidents' budgets have little resemblance to the final product. That’s truer than ever this year.
U.S. influence and intelligence in the region are proving to be rather limited.
Both have similar backgrounds, and face similar hurdles.
Securities regulators have a chance to stand for average investors.
Congress will need a Plan B if the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate.
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After Mubarak, oil prices and tensions will rise.
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Readying a re-election campaign, the president will largely stay above the fray.
Parties make nice as Obama’s speech nears. But can it last?
Forget fighting with the Democrats. Soon, Republicans will be fighting with themselves.
The Arizona shootings give lawmakers a chance to tone down the rhetoric.
What helps the Mississippi governor in the South hurts him elsewhere.
It costs more to make pennies than they're worth, so why bother?
Without Palin, a wide-open GOP race could play to Mitch Daniels' strengths.
The president has a problem -- with his own party. Will liberals test him?
Compromise and cooperation have to begin at the beginning -- with the way congressional districts are drawn.
Her book and cable show keep interest and dollars swelling. That’s all she wants. For now.
Other presidents have attempted to tackle health care, faced midterm losses, but prevailed.
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Even in this toxic political atmosphere, Democrats and Republicans will work out at least some legislative deals,
The good, the bad and the ugly about the GOP’s temporary, nonbinding and limited earmark ban.
It's far from impossible, but it will take some luck as well as an Obama recovery and a smarter strategy in 2012.
The deficit debate may represent the best opportunity for Obama to rescue his presidency.
The FDA won't be deterred from requring that food producers tell consumers more about what they are eating.
Honoring and caring for veterans will soon grow much more costly, forcing Congress to struggle to find funds.
His staff calls it the "golden Rolo" because it contains the names of the next Speaker's closest confidants.
Voters aren’t about to get what they really want from policymakers -- a cooperative effort to help the economy grow.
The Republican team that will soon be running the House is primed for action on everything from taxes to health care.
Finding common ground will prove hard, if not impossible.
GOP gains in Tuesday’s congressional elections will bring big change. Or will they?
Republicans seize control of the House and come close to parity in the Senate as voters send Obama a blunt message.
Social networking sites are giving opposition researchers a whole new field to play in.
They are working for a common goal now, but their interests will likely diverge after Nov. 3.
Don't expect to know all the results on election night.
The only question is how painful it will be.
Count on Republicans claiming a mandate that voters won't give them.
Several Democratic-leaning states will swing Republican at the gubernatorial level.
Anger is one thing, but emotional judgments made in haste could mean huge problems down the road.
It’s time for voters to trade their blindfolds for green eyeshades and think more realistically about budget cutting.
Chairmen would wield enormous power and influence if GOP Rep. John Boehner becomes speaker.
Are we in love with the real thing or just the image?
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Here’s what you can expect when Congress takes up several big tax issues in a lame-duck session next month.
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Getting anything done will be a tall order in a bitterly divided government.
An accommodation is key to getting the economy moving again.
The president’s decision to make Elizabeth Warren a special assistant rather than head of the new consumer bureau skirted a nasty Senate battle, but it means more uncertainty for firms and consumers.
Its political value is immense, even if little of it actually gets enacted.
Never mind the midterms. The real battle for control is two years away, with no shortage of GOP prospects. Here's our rundown.
The simple answer is no. In fact, the Tea Party is sabotaging its own most important goal.
After months of delay, President Obama will soon get to sign legislation he's touted as a big help to small business.
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Anger at almost anyone and anything connected to Washington is creating the most volatile election season in decades.
Emboldened by its surprise win in Alaska, the Tea Party is looking east as it keeps fighting for control of the GOP.
And until the vote, most legislation -- including Obama’s jobs plan -- will be largely stalled.
But it’s no surprise if you missed the story buried in last week’s newspapers.
The Pentagon wants a smaller foreign footprint, and deficit-weary lawmakers will be only too happy to oblige.
There's nothing like truckloads of germy eggs to grab lawmakers' attention.
Next year's Congress will be a very different breed of animal.
America was built on the notion of religious freedom; that’s why it’s such an important part of the Constitution. But that principle faces a huge test today.
It’ll take a year or three of intensive debate, but a major tax overhaul is a good bet.
Will the shrill campaign rhetoric kill chances for a compromise after the election? The U.S. can’t afford to let that happen.
Those who insist on blocking change to Social Security aren't doing future retirees any favors.
Reining in the filibuster will cause a hue and cry, but some Democrats think it may be necessary and overdue.
Public anger at government spending and the rising debt still seems to stop when proposed cuts hit close to home.
Two liberal legends facing ethics troubles add to Democratic angst ahead of the November elections.
Most Americans think a GOP Congress would be better at running the economy, but few can tell you just what that means.
The consumer bureau created by the financial regulatory bill will have immense power -- and it won’t be shy about using it.
Stress tests on European banks were designed to calm the markets, but don’t count on it.
Republicans will be making a mistake if they take Joe Biden's old seat for granted.
Eighteen months into his first term, pundits and partisans are engaged in a shallow debate over how the president will be judged. They’re missing the point.
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Republicans are building the case for a government pay freeze -- and eventually a cut -- as a way to reduce the deficit.
Don't rule out a one-year extension of all the Bush tax cuts -- even those for high incomers.
Plus steps to ease the credit crunch for smalls -- all in a bill moving rapidly through Congress.
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Count on Republicans controlling a clear majority of the states after the November elections.
Democrats in the Southwest could face voter wrath as a result of the Justice Department action against Arizona
The outlook is still pretty grim, but setting parameters is an important beginning.
She'll be confirmed with votes to spare, but we won't know much about her for years.
Democrats move ever so slightly toward the card no one wants to play.
Barring a big surprise, she'll sail through the Senate with 70 or more votes.
Obama needed to send a message and he did. Now he needs to win the war.
At what point will Americans agree that the U.S. has done all it reasonably can to stop illegal immigration?
Congress may be cutting down the wrong tree in the way it's approaching the deficit.
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At least one more incumbent is likely to see his career end when the votes are counted Tuesday night.
GOP gains in Congress will force Obama to compromise or accept gridlock.
How can the administration convince Afghans the U.S. will stay while assuring Americans that a withdrawal will begin next year?
Voters reject more sales taxes in exchange for lower income taxes.
It might be the best way to fix Washington's worst problem.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln's come-from-behind win may have lasting repercussions for both groups.
The EPA is moving full steam ahead, putting real pressure on Congress.
The Tea Party movement is banking on a few more wins in the June 8 voting.
And anyone who tells you that Kiplinger reported otherwise has it all wrong.
Obama aides ought to be looking at 1979, not 2005, for lessons.
The Tea Party says yes, but worldwide statistics suggest it's not that clear cut.
The president has little leeway as he struggles with the oil spill and the public backlash.
Maybe -- just maybe -- Rand Paul's candidacy can spark the serious discussion this country needs.
Specter defeat, big Tea Party win and close primary results all point to a turbulent autumn.
Victory slows GOP juggernaut, gives Democrats hope for November.
Is the space agency overlooking a final, creative option?
Voters are mad as hell about a whole lot of things, and we'll see it on Tuesday.
I know, I know. The overwhelming majority of Americans want small government, but hear me out.
Obama chooses a potential consensus builder to serve on the Supreme Court.
Bowing to the right may come back to bite.
The BP spill will mean more regulations and safeguards, but it won't slow the expansion of offshore oil exploration.
A real debate on the financial regulatory bill may actually be in the cards.
Congress aims to save the Constellation rocket, despite Obama's opposition.
More than a few people think President Obama and Harry Reid are making a cheap and cynical play for the Latino votes.
Donors are no longer happy letting umbrella charities decide how their contributions will be used.
More politicians -- and more voters -- are feeling out of place in either the Democratic or Republican Party.
The agency is taking a big gamble with its own reputation.
The nominee will be liberal but not an ideological flamethrower.
Republican leaders may have trouble getting their troops to all say no to a financial regulatory overhaul.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been tax-free -- and that means we'll be paying for years and years.
Politicians and others are stuck in the blame game, rather than working to fix fix root causes
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The work isn’t over with the treaty signing ceremony.
Congress is trying to outsource its tough decisions again.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi may still run the show, but Sander Levin will wield more power over tax policy than did his predecessor on Ways and Means.
But the administration's new effort won't have much of an impact in the long run.
The president is a pragmatist. That's why he's assailed from both sides.
The president got the overhaul he wanted but not the funding boost he sought.
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Republicans can’t overturn the new law. But they can still reap gains in November.
Don't be swayed by either side's slanted use of polling data.
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While it will take years to fully implement the health care bill, some of its provisions will take effect almost immediately.
Forget health care for a moment. The argument over earmarks illustrates everything that's wrong with our broken political system.
All the smoke over legislative tactics obscures what's really important to the public.
Dodd's new bill includes GOP ideas, and he's ready to embrace more.
Abortion opponents in the House need to decide what their real goal is.
It won't happen this year, not with elections coming up, but there's no other way to close the budget gap.
Sloganeering only obscures the debate over the proper role of government.
Obama's woes make the 2012 GOP presidential nomination a prize worth seeking.
A bipartisan group of senators have already agreed on most of the key elements in a major overhaul.
The disparate groups known collectively as the Tea Party are the wild cards come November.
Obama got what he needed to push forward without the GOP.
Crist will pay a political price for keeping his state afloat.
Never mind al Qaeda terrorists. They'll be the least of our problems if we can't get our economic house in order.
The capture of the No. 2 Taliban leader will really make a difference -- in more ways than one.
More Democrats, including some well-know House veterans, are looking at tight races.
There are lessons for all in the Indiana senator's decision to call it quits after two terms.
More Democratic seats are in play as Republicans gain momentum.
Congress may do what it does best -- postpone a tough decision until next year.
Some political food for thought on a winter weekend.
We're headed for a debt crisis, but no one in Washington really acts like it.
There's hardly anything in Obama's budget plan that won't mean a fight in Congress.
Why working together is a pipe dream in today's political climate.
Republicans react angrily to what they say was a campaign speech.
Ideas the president should -- but won't -- adopt in his State of the Union address.
Few Supreme Court rulings will have so much impact on the intersection of business and politics.
Scott Brown's Senate victory won't end the push for an overhaul of immigration law.
American voters are mad, and they’re not going to take it anymore.
Both parties are hoping for a Massachusetts miracle in a special election with huge national implications.
Congress, the White House and regulators shift blame to Wall Street.
Obama is recognizing that jobs and the economy will spell his fate.
The current process doesn't work. Here's a plan to fix it.
Dodd, Dorgan retirements underscore Democrats' anxiety
The charge may win the GOP political points, but it won't help protect the country any.
The estate tax fumble may be a harbinger of a tough year for Congress on a slew of tax issues.
But the hard bargaining over details is yet to come.
The Senate health care bill's treatment of illegals is cruel -- and counterproductive.
The fact is the U.S. government always has and always will subsidize abortions.
Expect a big political fight over the plan to shift suspected terrorists to Illinois prison.
The shoddy behavior is bad enough, but why do they always think they can get away with it?
The president will personally urge the nation's top bankers to open the spigots for small business.
Obama had a fine line to walk as a war president accepting a peace prize. He did it pretty well.
Trying to set a middle course may be Obama's only option, but it leaves both sides wanting something else.
A Republican purity test could be a turnoff for independent and moderate voters.
But universal broadband will mean a big fight over who pays the cost.
While Harry Reid works to pass a health care bill, his 2010 reelection prospects are taking a turn for the worst.
Obama's fate hinges on the war's outcome, not the fight in Congress
Few elected officials will admit it, but the hard truth is that there is little government can do to help
What's in a name? A lobbyist by any other name would still peddle influence.
Have gains in enforcement set the stage for comprehensive reform?
It's cruel to turn a tough medical issue into a political football.
An abundance of open-seat races bodes well for the GOP.
But many companies will get hit with at least some additional cost.
The Senate Banking chairman has a more radical idea for restructuring the nation’s banking and insurance industries.
Allies and trading partners want assurances that Obama is paying attention and willing to act.
Setback for Democrats will slow Obama agenda, embolden minority Republicans.
Three off-year elections are bearing the heavy burden of being political barometers.
The price of a putting human feet on the moon again is beyond sky-high.
All eyes are on an upstate New York district with history of moderates.
Unwinding the credit agencies' conflicts of interest means undoing decades-old habits
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