December 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Three senior House members announced Tuesday that they would not seek reelection in 2014, offering both parties prime pickup opportunities in the midterm election. The clearest opportunity for a party switch comes in Utah, where Democrat Jim Matheson said he would step down rather than make what would probably be another bruising run in the ruby-red state. Matheson won a seventh term in 2012 by just 768 votes against Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs and a rising Republican star who plans to run again in 2014.
November 15, 2013 |
For Republicans who found themselves on the losing end in November - and particularly the Republican who lost to President Obama - the events of the last few weeks have been sweet comeuppance. First the website portal for Obamacare, the healthcare plan the GOP had railed against throughout 2012, collapsed at its Oct. 1 opening. Then the president was forced to acknowledge that, contrary to his oft-uttered line, some people would lose their insurance policies as a result of his plan.
November 8, 2013 |
Time magazine covers are no stranger to controversy. But did the latest one on Chris Christie go too far? After the Republican New Jersey governor and potential 2016 presidential contender coasted to reelection on Tuesday, the magazine put out a cover featuring his silhouette with the headline “The Elephant in the Room.” There's a triple entendre there: The elephant is something obvious but ignored. The elephant is the GOP symbol. And the elephant is also extra large and extra heavy.
November 7, 2013 |
As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was declared the victor in his reelection campaign - a few seconds after the polls closed Tuesday night, so expansive was his win - the countdown immediately began. Fat jokes in 3 … 2 … 1. By Thursday, there it was on the cover of Time magazine : A side-view portrait of Christie, atop which rested the headline: “The Elephant in the Room. " A triple entendre: Elephant in the room = the obvious thing, being ignored. Elephant = Republican symbol.
November 6, 2013
Re "A plague on both your parties," Opinion, Nov. 3 Doyle McManus makes valid points regarding Americans' disgust at both parties on a variety of issues. With regard to the Affordable Care Act, there is nonstop coverage about the president's past declarations that those happy with their insurance policies could keep them. You can debate the degree of deceit - that is, whether it was poorly chosen words or an outright lie. What I don't hear anyone talking about is how this could have affected the 2012 election.
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October 30, 2013 |
The Obamacare rollout in California has been bumpy, but it's running much more smoothly here than in most of America. And for that, we can thank former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Gov. Jerry Brown deserves kudos, too. But it was Schwarzenegger who leapt in and became the nation's first governor to embrace the federal Affordable Care Act and begin planning to implement the ambitious program. "The Republican governor who preceded us jumped early and we accepted the baton that he tossed," says Diana Dooley, Brown's secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency.
October 14, 2013 |
You've seen this movie before, Iowa. Stoking another round of what-if and what-could-be, Sarah Palin is planning a return to the state where presidential dreams are fevered even this far out from the next contest. The Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, a conservative and evangelical group, announced that the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee will speak at its 13thannual banquet on Nov. 9. The announcement of the planned Des Moines speech comes at a time Palin has again raised her political profile.
October 12, 2013 |
Two presidential campaigns and 40 years of marriage and child-rearing behind her, Ann Romney finds herself in a surprising place: atop the bestseller lists with her own agenda in first position. Romney's new cookbook, "The Romney Family Table," started as an effort to stitch together family recipes. But at a time when her husband Mitt's loss in the 2012 campaign was still raw, she began writing and "it just flowed out. " Critics have mocked the book as a study in domestic perfection served on Oscar de la Renta tableware, but Romney said she wanted to show that their life "wasn't always perfect" and that raising five boys could be more than a little frustrating.
October 10, 2013 |
Republicans striving to mend relations with the Latino voters who have largely shunned their party announced a $10-million initiative Thursday to make electoral inroads among this crucial group across the nation. Engaging Latino voters has been a constant effort for Republicans in recent years, as the population has grown to the point it can tilt races in critical states. But party leaders say the new initiative, which will include a paid staff and year-round voter targeting in California and 16 other states, is more meaningful than past attempts.
July 29, 2013 |
“Willie Pete,” Episode 13 of HBO's “The Newsroom,” refers to military jargon for white phosphorous, a substance that obscures troop positions and inflicts horrific burns. Nasty as WP is, a special ops team allegedly used a far deadlier weapon -- banned sarin nerve gas -- when rescuing Americans from a remote village in Pakistan. At least that's what a retired Marine tells ACN's MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) and on-loan producer Jerry Dantana (Hamish Linklater). News Division head Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston)