| May 6, 2014
| 2:58 PM
Democrats are cautiously optimistic they can hang on to the Senate this year. Surprisingly, this bright forecast is fueled by a sense they'll do better than expected in close contests in the Republican-dominated, Barack Obama-hating South.
| Sep 3, 2014
| 4:17 PM
The disconnect between what Americans think of most provisions of Obamacare (love them!) and what they think of "Obamacare" (hate it!) has been the most perplexing aspect of rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
It's also the aspect most vigorously...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Remember the good old days when political campaigns and the general hysteria they kicked off didn't begin to mount till after Labor Day? It wasn't just customary, it was almost official -- like the beginning of football season or the college term. Or even...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 5:00 AM
There are two words every president, including Barack Obama, hates to hear: "lame duck."
He's in year six of his eight-year run. His biggest accomplishments are all in the past; his remaining proposals are stymied by Congress. His popularity is mired...
| Apr 17, 2013
Senate deals setback to gun bill in vote on background checks tells the story of how the filibuster wins again: The final vote was, 54 (yes) to 46 (no), after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) switched his vote to......
| Oct 23, 2014
| 4:02 PM
WASHINGTON — David Perdue took the cheap and easy route.
The Republican Senate candidate in Georgia, like Republican candidates in most other competitive races, calculated that the surest road to victory was to tie his opponent, in this case...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 2:18 PM
"What day is it?"
"It's today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favorite day," said Pooh.
As a proud member of the "don't just do something, sit there" school of politics, I don't fret much about partisanship and gridlock. Partisanship and gridlock aren't bugs...
| Oct 5, 2014
| 1:19 PM
With less than a month until election day, new polls unveiled Sunday reinforced what's become the theme of the 2014 midterms: It's going to be close.
In Alaska and Arkansas, the latest polls continued to show Republican leads in Senate contests there....
| Nov 4, 2014
| 3:25 PM
When an initiative to raise the minimum wage qualified for the Arkansas ballot, it was widely expected to be just the kind of bump Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor needed to win reelection.
Arkansas is a Southern red state, and tough terrain for Democrats...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 5:57 PM
Republican Tom Cotton, a conservative tea party congressman, Army veteran and Harvard Law School graduate, ousted two-term Sen. Mark Pryor on Tuesday as Arkansas joined its Southern neighbors in becoming an all-red state.
Cotton capitalized on voter...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 12:29 PM
Riding a surge of voter discontent, Republicans seized control of the Senate on Tuesday, giving the GOP full command of Congress and promising a contentious final two years of the Obama administration.
After months of voter surveys suggested a close...