The House has approved a bill to fund the federal government through the end of September.
Gun control historically has been one of the most divisive issues in Congress, between the parties and even inside the Democratic coalition. Yet some in President Obama’s own party say he has put together a gun agenda that is sweeping without being too painful for most Democrats to support.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Tuesday may be one of the few to call for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Some worry that the House hearing signals Republicans’ continued opposition to compromise.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., appears to have reversed his views on an earned path to citizenship, which in a Tea Party-backed 2010 campaign he called “code for amnesty.” Some critics say the young Cuban-American lawmaker seems to be looking ahead to 2016 and a possible White House bid.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Hillary Clinton ends her tenure as secretary of state Friday a respected national figure with sky high approval ratings. “I don’t see myself getting back into politics,” she says. But that hasn’t slowed speculation about a 2016 presidential bid.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Democrats in the Alaska Legislature say the state’s redistricting process is flawed and needs to be made more nonpartisan.
There has been no dearth of post-election Republican self-flagellation. But the party is still sorting out solutions, wrangling over whether its problems lie in its positions on issues ranging from immigration to women’s reproductive health, or simply in its sales job with the voting public.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The newly re-elected president indicated that he, not congressional Republicans, reflected more of the popular will, with his call for higher taxes on the wealthy as part of any agreement to avert the fiscal cliff.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Many of the minority groups central to President Obama’s victory had long supported Democrats. But he’s the first party leader to put together a stable — and majority — coalition since Franklin D. Roosevelt back in the 1930s. This coalition promises to pay dividends to his party for years to come.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Election Day has come and gone, but NPR’s Ron Elving and Ken Rudin are still trying to make sense of it all. Was it close? Well, a 50-to-48 percent popular-vote edge for President Obama certainly indicates that. But the Electoral College split was another story.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us