| 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
| 3:04 PM
And so it ends. The negative ads. The robo-calls from famous people. The nail-biting crawl of Election Night returns.
Nationwide, Democrats got shellacked in the 2014 mid-term election. Republicans now control both houses of Congress. In Florida, the...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Maybe our current president won't prove one of the great ones -- and there was no maybe about it the morning after Tuesday's midterm elections -- but that doesn't prevent him from seeing signs of greatness in others. One of the first congratulatory...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 4:30 AM
The U.S. Senate just got a lot more conservative. But its Democratic caucus just got a lot more liberal.
How’s that again?
The little-examined flip side to this week’s Republican victories is that they swept out many of the last...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 2:42 PM
In the old Soviet Union, Kremlinologists would read the state party newspaper Pravda not so much for the news it contained, but to glean what the commissars wanted readers to believe the commissars were thinking.
The closest we have to that in America is...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 4:30 PM
One of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's online attack ads against Democratic opponent Alison Grimes featured her picture lined up next to President Obama, Woody Allen and Barbra Streisand.
Get it? Unpopular president + scandalized filmmaker +...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 2:33 PM
WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal reached out to his supporters this week asking them for campaign cash — not for his campaign, but for that of Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat.
Although Franken is a former Saturday Night Live...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 6:48 PM
Much has changed since Bill Clinton grew up in this sleepy Arkansas town.
The former Clinton home is now a well-appointed museum. The old two-lane road in front grew into a bustling artery leading to a Wal-Mart. Across the street sits a taco truck,...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 3:31 PM
WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocates say a spending bill set for review in the Senate Appropriations Committee could reopen a fight over whether the Environmental Protection Agency may regulate pollution entering small headwater streams that feed into...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 7:04 PM
Five Democratic senators broke from their party Thursday to side with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in an effort to derail President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
The procedural move failed in a tie vote, 50-50. Although largely symbolic, it...