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Rubio Alienates Some Other Republicans by Advocating Government Shutdown

August 12, 2013 Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida won praise from the Republican establishment and lost tea-party support by playing a lead role in this year's push for immigration reform. Now he's turned that dynamic on its head by joining Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky at the forefront ...

What If John Kerry Outperforms Hillary Clinton as America’s Top Diplomat?

August 2, 2013 Hillary Rodham Clinton happened to be in Washington during a week of front-page headlines about how her successor had nudged Israeli and Palestinian officials back to the negotiating table. So far, Secretary of State John Kerry has merely orchestrated talks about talks, but they are the first ones in three ...

What Took So Long for These 3 Senators to Get Presidential Buzz?

July 29, 2013 Dean Genth knew he was making mischief when he invited Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota to keynote the North Iowa Democrats' 10th annual Wing Ding fundraiser. He thought of her as a neighbor from the state next door and an inspiring example for Iowa, which has yet to elect a ...

Analysis: Senate Deal Doesn’t Help Obama on Judges, and That’s What Matters Most

July 17, 2013 Senate Republicans are letting President Obama fill a few important slots in his administration, but they haven’t given an inch where it really counts—on the federal judges who could define his legacy for generations. Judicial nominees were never going to escape the tyranny of the filibuster and the 60 votes ...

Is Hillary Clinton Peaking Too Soon?

July 11, 2013 Crack organizers from President Obama's campaigns are the latest political honchos to join the Clinton-for-President movement and, like others involved, they say they are just trying to make things "Ready for Hillary" if she decides to run. But the bandwagon effect is fueling an "inevitability" narrative that damaged Clinton in ...

When Blocking Nominees Comes Back to Haunt Politicians

July 8, 2013 About the time Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions was lacing into the Senate's Gang of Eight immigration reform package and offering dozens of amendments in committee, some Democrats may have been ruing the day their party helped deep-six his appointment to a federal court. Republicans could be forgiven for having similar ...

Argo and a New Resolve to Hold Iran Accountable for 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis

June 12, 2013 Dozens of senators are receiving a gut-wrenching Father's Day letter this week from a group launching its first collective action as Capitol Hill advocates: the spouses and children of 52 Americans taken hostage in Iran in 1979 and held for 444 days. Inspiring the new activism is a Senate bill ...

Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting for Public Opinion to Turn Against Obama

May 23, 2013 Another day, another poll showing that President Obama's job-approval rating is not collapsing under the weight of scandals and controversies. Why is he holding steady? Will it last? And will Republicans take any cues from his staying power? Given the noise level on Capitol Hill, cable TV, and social media, ...

Analysis: How Obama Could Start Fixing the IRS

May 16, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service needs a new leader—and fast. The agency hasn't had a commissioner since November, and now it doesn't have an acting commissioner, either. Although lawmakers had been asking about reports that conservative groups were targeted for onerous extra scrutiny, the acting commissioner, Steven Miller, didn't share the ...

Why the AP Phone Records Bombshell Could Threaten Eric Holder's Job

May 14, 2013 The bombshell disclosure that the Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of Associated Press reporters and editors could be dramatic enough to move even the phlegmatic Obama administration to action. Three concurrent scandals or controversies are just too many. Could that mean we will be bidding farewell ...