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The Father of Partisanship

James Madison launched the two-party system. We should thank him for it.<p>Partisanship gets a bad rap these days, taking the blame for many problems in government, including turning citizens away from politics. A system wherein the Democratic Senate majority leader labels opponents “un-American” …

Pfeiffer: Constitutional amendment may be key to campaign finance reform

White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer on Sunday blasted the Supreme Court's campaign finance-related McCutcheon decision as "devastating to the public campaign system," adding the only viable long-term answer to the question of money's influence in politics may be a constitutional amendment.<p>"In …

Supreme Court Strikes Down Pillar Of Campaign Finance Limits

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again erased from the books a major provision of the nation's campaign finance law. By a 5-to-4 vote, the justices removed the cap on the total amount of money that donors can contribute to candidates and parties in each election. Prior to Wednesday's ruling, the …

Rep. Dave Camp, Powerful House Committee Chairman, Is Leaving Congress

Re­pub­lic­an Rep. Dave Camp, chair­man of the power­ful House Ways and Means Com­mit­tee, an­nounced he will be re­tir­ing at the end of his …

Senate report claims CIA misled on interrogation program, report says

A Senate report on the Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation program concludes the agency misled the government and the public about the program, including the severity of its methods, The Washington Post reported late Monday.<p>The intelligence committee's report, U.S. officials told the paper, …

President Obama needs women this fall, and he made the case that they need him, too

ORLANDO — President Obama needs women this fall, and on Thursday, he made the case that they need him, too.<p>Addressing students, mothers, teachers and workers at a community college here, Obama began a months-long focus on women’s issues ahead of the fall midterm elections, emphasizing how his …

Mitch McConnell’s Tea Party disaster: How the buffoons he created can sink him

<b>Mitch McConnell (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)</b><p>After pumping up a movement of fringe lunatics, Mitch McConnell may become yet another victim of his own “success”<p>Elias Isquith<p>March 15, 2014 10:30am (UTC)<p>A confession: I kind of love Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. I love him in the same self-aware …

The Democratic Party's Foolish Koch Obsession

Led by Harry Reid, the party has declared its midterm strategy will revolve around bashing the conservative bankrollers. But do voters really care?<p>A Quinnipiac University poll in January ranked, in order, the three issues voters cared about the most: the economy, the federal budget deficit, and …

New Poll Spells Some Bad News for Obama: ‘There Is an Advantage for Republicans Right Now’

President Barack Obama’s approval rating sunk to a low of 41 percent in a new poll published Wednesday by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News.<p>Just eight months before November’s midterm elections, the president collected his “worst job approval rating in the survey’s history,” NBC News reported of …

Obamacare meeting goal of reducing number of uninsured, data indicate

WASHINGTON -- Evidence has begun to resolve one of the odder controversies surrounding Obamacare: The new law appears to be achieving its top goal of reducing the number of Americans who lack health insurance.<p>The dispute over that question is a strange one because the answer would seem to be fairly …

Senate Democrats Defect On Obama Civil Rights Nominee

In a stinging blow to the Obama administration, seven Senate Democrats joined with Republicans Wednesday to block one of the president's key civil rights nominees.<p>The 47 to 52 vote marked the first defeat of a Democratic nominee since lawmakers changed Senate rules to make it easier to push through …

U.S. House tax-writing chair questions committee term limits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Representative Dave Camp, who last week unveiled sweeping tax reform ideas, on Wednesday voiced discontent with Republican rules that would force him to give up his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee next year, but would not say whether he would seek an …

Just How Doomed Are Congressional Democrats? Pretty Doomed

Retaking the House has long looked out of reach, but now there's a real possibility the party could lose the Senate, too.<p>At this point, eight months before the November 4 election, it’s hard to see a lot of good news for congressional Democrats.<p>No matter how you look at it, the House seems out of …

Abbott, Davis win in Texas primaries roiled by Tea Party clout

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The top candidates for Texas governor easily won primary elections on Tuesday while favorites of the conservative Tea Party movement shook up several races with established Republicans.<p>U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) talks with reporters after the weekly Republican caucus …

Obama releases $3.9 trillion budget

President Barack Obama’s $3.901 trillion budget would raise taxes on the rich, expand tax credits for the poor and middle class — though as of now, it merely serves as a White House wish list.<p>Although very little of it is expected to become law — or even be seriously considered via legislation on …

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Woman’s citizenship application rejected because she objects to war, isn’t religious

<b>(iStock/ Mark Poprocki)</b><p>Adriana Ramirez’s application was rejected because she listed herself as a secular “conscientious objector”<p>Katie McDonough<p>February 28, 2014 10:00pm (UTC)<p>A California woman who applied for American citizenship had her application rejected because she identified herself as a …

Republican misogyny bad for the country, really good for Democratic fundraising

<b>Rush Limbaugh, Mike Huckabee (Reuters/Micah Walter/AP/Keith Srakocic)</b><p>“Instead of fearing sexist attacks, we wait gleefully for the next one,” says one Democratic strategist<p>Katie McDonough<p>February 28, 2014 3:50pm (UTC)<p>Republican misogyny has turned out to be a very effective fundraising tool for …

Supreme Court Case May Stop States That Still Execute Mentally Disabled

The justices banned execution of mentally disabled people in 2002. Now they are poised to tell death penalty states that they really meant it.<p>I am sitting in front of a stack of Supreme Court briefs, hundreds of pages of legal reasoning and case citations, filled with psychological standards and …

As Hillary Clinton soars, questions shadow lucrative speaking tour

CORAL GABLES, Florida (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton has not announced whether she’s running for president in 2016. But when she and the road show that inevitably follows her arrived at the University of Miami, an official declaration seemed a mere formality.<p>Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary …

The Moment a Prof. Warned That America Is at a ‘Constitutional Tipping Point’

A constitutional law expert warned Congress during a hearing Wednesday that America has reached a “constitutional tipping point” under the watch of President Barack Obama.<p>Jonathan Turley, professor of public interest law at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., said the legislative …