February 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- In a move likely to shake up the top election contest of 2013, Bill Bolling said Thursday that he's received an "amazing" amount of encouragement to run as an "independent Republican" for governor of Virginia, and he called it a race he could win. A campaign by Bolling, the GOP lieutenant governor, would inject a new element of uncertainty into the Virginia race. Only two states are choosing governors this year. In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie is strongly favored to gain reelection.
January 31, 2013 |
MADRID -- Corruption allegations swirling around Spain's ruling party threatened to ensnare the prime minister for the first time Thursday when a newspaper published photos and excerpts of secret accounting ledgers that purportedly reveal under-the-table cash payments to top conservative politicians. The ruling Popular Party's No. 2 leader, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, quickly called a midday news conference to say that the logbooks excerpted by El País did not look familiar. She denied any wrongdoing.
January 20, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - As Israelis head to the polls Tuesday, most are expecting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party to secure the right to form the nation's next government. But while a third Netanyahu term appears likely, there's still some suspense about which political parties will join his coalition to create a majority in Israel's 120-member Knesset. The composition of that government will play a major role in determining Israel's stance on issues such as Palestinian statehood, relations with the U.S. and how to deal with Iran's nuclear development program.
January 6, 2013
Re "Politics of age skew spending debates," News Analysis, Jan. 3 Surprise! Mitt Romney probably drew much support from his infamous 47%. As the Times reported, 56% of the over-65 demographic voted for Romney. Why would a group dependent on Social Security and Medicare vote for a team eager to curtail those programs? Ignorance, in part. (A poll of Ohio Republicans by Public Policy Polling found that 1 in 7 of them credited Romney with Osama bin Laden's killing.) But I think there's an even more powerful force: tradition.
December 29, 2012 |
LONDON - First, Silvio Berlusconi, who was driven from power last year by Italy's economic woes and his own scandals, said he wanted back his old job as prime minister. Then Mario Monti, an appointed technocrat who succeeded him at the head of an unelected government, kept the nation guessing for weeks before suddenly declaring that he would dive into politics and seek to lead the next government. They're only part of a perplexing lineup of political candidates voters will face in February's elections as political parties begin a frantic search for coalition partners.
December 10, 2012 |
Americans routinely express frustration that politicians in Washington can't rise above partisanship to find a compromise. That talk has been especially thick as Congress and President Obama posture and dig in on the tax-and-spending plan they must reach to avoid the onerous New Year's rebudgeting known as the fiscal cliff. It appears, though, that the citizens disturbed about Capitol gridlock exhibit some of the same ambivalence about compromise as the people they put in office.