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Obama Team To Make Important, If Symbolic, Choice On Gay Marriage

Obama Team To Make Important, If Symbolic, Choice On Gay MarriageBy the end of this month, the federal government is expected to file briefs in a pair of same-sex marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. One case poses questions so difficult that the president himself is expected to make the final decision on what arguments the Justice Department will make.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

In Florida, An Email Trail On Redistricting Raises Questions

A lawsuit over congressional district lines in Florida produces emails showing coordination between lawmakers and Republican Party officials, which is prohibited by the state Constitution.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Why Steven Chu Was One Of Obama’s Most Intriguing Choices

Why Steven Chu Was One Of Obama’s Most Intriguing ChoicesOf all the individuals in President Obama's first-term Cabinet, Energy Secretary Steven Chu was arguably the least likely to be found in official Washington. And now that the Nobel Prize-winning physicist is leaving government, there are a few reasons that understanding his legacy might take some time.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Republican Scott Brown Won’t Seek Massachusetts Senate Seat

Republican Scott Brown Won’t Seek Massachusetts Senate SeatFormer Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown will not seek the Republican nomination for Senate in a special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, the Democrat who on Friday becomes secretary of state. The decision leaves Republicans scrambling to find a competitive candidate in the deep blue state.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Update: Rep. Lindsey Holmes switches parties, joins Republican-led House Majority

Update: Rep. Lindsey Holmes switches parties, joins Republican-led House MajorityThe announcement that Anchorage Rep. Lindsey Holmes had switched parties from Democrat to Republican came after a two-hour House Majority caucus meeting.

Geography, Not Gerrymandering, May Explain GOP’s Hold On House

Geography, Not Gerrymandering, May Explain GOP’s Hold On HouseSome analysts are saying that Republicans appear to have the long-range advantage over Democrats when it comes to winning enough seats to control the House, not so much because of redistricting but because of the clustering of Democratic voters in fewer congressional districts.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

As Dust Settles, Voters Cite Campaign’s Negativity

As Dust Settles, Voters Cite Campaign’s NegativityA new Pew post-election survey also finds voters pessimistic about partisan cooperation, and still most concerned about the economy and jobs.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Meet The New GOP, Same As The Old GOP?

Meet The New GOP, Same As The Old GOP?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

Maine Independent Angus King To Caucus With Senate Democrats

Maine Independent Angus King To Caucus With Senate DemocratsSen.-elect Angus King of Maine, who cruised to victory last week running as an independent, said Wednesday that he will caucus with Senate Democrats, giving them in effect a 55-45 seat advantage next year.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Obama’s Political Moneyball Could Be The Shape Of Campaigns To Come

Obama’s Political Moneyball Could Be The Shape Of Campaigns To ComeThe Obama re-election campaign was informed by its deep dive into data on millions of voters. Some Republicans worry they're way behind in modern campaigning; others note that political science isn't rocket science, and say they can do just as well or better in 2016.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us