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Health care vow comes back to haunt Obama

/ | Oct 31, 2013

Health care vow comes back to haunt Obama

It is a catchy sound bite that has turned around to bite the hand that fed it to the country: If you like the health insurance you have, you can keep it. President Barack Obama's credibility has taken a hit over that line, which he ...

Shutdown quandary shows Washington's breakdown

/ | Sep 29, 2013

Shutdown quandary shows Washington's breakdown

Washington once again stands at a moment of crisis — only this time, Democrats and Republicans are not negotiating a way to avoid it. They are not even speaking to one another. The cumulative effect of almost three years of governing by near-death experience is ...

Monitoring scandals unite left, right

/ | Jun 12, 2013

Monitoring scandals unite left, right

A late spring storm of Washington controversies has created a rare event in these partisan, polarized times: a shared I-told-you-so moment for the left and the right. For anyone worried about the potential for government overreach, the past few weeks brought more cause for concern: ...

Have U.S. political parties lost their purpose?

/ Apr 1, 2013

Have U.S. political parties lost their purpose?

The Democrats and Republicans may be worlds apart on most things, but at their headquarters just two blocks away from each other on Capitol Hill, each is confronting the same question: Have political parties lost their purpose? In the wake of two presidential defeats, the ...