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Chertoff, lawmaker clash over chemical security bill

June 13, 2008 House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., has accused Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff of playing "political games" with new chemical security legislation, and says he doubts the department wants to collaborate on a final bill. The dispute erupted this week as the department and Thompson exchanged letters regarding...

Singing the Down-Ballot Blues

June 10, 2008 Considering how bleak Republicans' down-ballot prospects look, it is re-markable that they appear to have a 50-50 shot at holding on to the presidency. What makes this situation particularly unusual is the fact that a party seeking a third consecutive term in the White House generally succeeds only 20 percent...

Gearing Up

June 3, 2008 Much like a car whose gears shift poorly, this presidential contest is making a rather awkward transition to its general election phase. Nevertheless, as it turns into a competition between John McCain and Barack Obama, the race for 270 Electoral College votes is worth a hard look. Keep in mind...

A Punishing Mood

May 27, 2008 At the outset of this election cycle, most political analysts did not anticipate a second consecutive big win in November for congressional Democrats for a number of reasons. First, after voters have punished one party badly, they've usually gotten those hard feelings out of their system and either punish the...

Hard Knocks

May 20, 2008 "Curiouser and curiouser!" cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English). Like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this contest for the Democratic presidential nomination is getting curiouser and curiouser. Sure, arithmetically speaking, it's practically impossible to see how Hillary Rodham...

Upset Republicans

May 13, 2008 Recent special elections for House seats in Illinois and Louisiana that were once reliably Republican sent the GOP an unmistakable signal that the party's 25-year-old playbook is obsolete: Simply spouting an undiluted conservative message doesn't consistently work anymore, even in some of the nation's reddest districts. And a potential loss...

The Rev. Kamikaze

May 6, 2008 With just nine contests remaining, the Democratic presidential nomination race is getting even more interesting. Just days ago, it seemed that the only way that Barack Obama could fail to clinch his party's nod would be to leave his wife and move in with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. That is,...

Hillary’s Political Purgatory

April 29, 2008 The good news for Hillary Rodham Clinton is that she's winning a lot of battles. The bad news is that the war is pretty much lost. Sure, she won Pennsylvania's April 22 primary by a strong 9 points in the face of being outspent on television ads by Barack Obama...

The Chemistry Experiment

April 22, 2008 Hillary Rodham Clinton's address to an AFL-CIO group on Wednesday morning could easily have been mistaken for the speech of someone who would soon be the Democratic Party's presidential nominee. Clinton was warmly received by the standing-room-only, mostly middle-aged, predominantly male crowd. She said all the right things in all...

The GOP's 'Electile Dysfunction'

April 15, 2008 Not long ago, many observers were speculating that presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain would have trouble uniting his party because of the antipathy that much of the Republican establishment and its right wing had long had for the Arizona maverick. Those days are pretty much gone. McCain now fairly...