National Politics

Congress scrutinizes Obama military strategy 

Congress scrutinizes Obama military strategy 

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were scheduled to testify Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the first in a series of high-profile Capitol Hill hearings that will measure the president’s ability to rally congressional support

No DC gridlock for gay marriage, legal marijuana

No DC gridlock for gay marriage, legal marijuana

“Barack Obama has accomplished more progressive social change on gay rights than anything else,” Socarides said.

House, Senate debate measures just to make points

House, Senate debate measures just to make points

“These are bills designed intentionally to fail so that Democrats can make campaign ads about them failing,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said of the Democratic measures.

US Senate rivals do reality survival TV show

New Mexico Democrat Martin Heinrich and Arizona Republican Jeff Flake say they hope their adventure, which is scheduled to air Oct. 29 on Discovery, inspires their colleagues in Washington to work together.

Republican women face uphill fight this fall

Republican women face uphill fight this fall

“It’s not news to anyone that Republicans have struggled to reach out to voters in my specific demographic: young women who are professional, not married — that was one of President Obama’s most enthusiastic most voting blocs,” Stefanik, who worked to defeat Obama as a member of Mitt Romney’s campaign, said during a recent tour of small businesses along Old Forge’s bustling main drag.

Same-sex marriage heading for Supreme Court vote?

Same-sex marriage heading for Supreme Court vote?

“I don’t see a lot of reasons for them to wait,” says Dale Carpenter, a gay rights expert at the University of Minnesota law school.

Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada gay marriage laws in court

Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada gay marriage laws in court

“It seemed like such an uphill battle when I started,” said Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Clinton, Bush yuk it up, launch scholars program

Clinton, Bush yuk it up, launch scholars program

“The first one didn’t turn out too good,” Bush quipped.

Clinton juggernaut hits 2014 campaign trail

Clinton juggernaut hits 2014 campaign trail

“She’s a natural fit in any state at the moment,” said Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, a longtime adviser to the Clintons.

Death penalty highlights governor's race debate 

Death penalty highlights governor’s race debate 

“I have no plan to revisit my decision, so my decision stands,” Hickenlooper said. He added: “The government shouldn’t be in the business of taking people’s lives.”