Washington (CNN) - As the Broadway musical "Anything Goes" says, "It's always darkest just before they turn on the lights."
Recent polls confirm that the country is desperately looking for those lights amid continuing economic malaise. But positive signs are hard to find
(CNN) – Have you noticed how many liberals lately have been piling on President Obama? Their criticisms have been harsh and intense. They mostly focus on his supposed willingness to make concessions to conservative Republicans. They charge that he lets himself be bullied because that is part of his non-confrontational nature.
I remember hearing similar criticism in 1995 and 1996 when President Bill Clinton was being hammered for making deals with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other conservative Republicans. Clinton, for example, agreed to major welfare reform which infuriated many of his liberal base. He was accused of selling out long-standing Democratic Party principles.
(CNN) – With New York's special election to replace former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned amidst scandal, less than five weeks away, a new poll finds the race narrowing with a six point lead for the Democratic candidate.
According to the Siena Research Institute survey released Wednesday, Democrat David Weprin leads with 48 percent of the vote, while Republican businessman Bob Turner follows behind at 42 percent in what was once presumed a solidly safe district for Democrats.
(CNN) - A wealthy Las Vegas attorney who was running for Senate in Nevada is terminating his campaign.
In a statement Wednesday, Byron Georgiou announced that he is ending his bid for his state's Democratic Senate nomination next year.
Washington (CNN) - Republican leaders on Wednesday named fiscal conservatives for their six picks for a new congressional "super" committee charged with crafting a plan to cut the country's deficit.
In separate announcements, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell filled out the GOP spots on the 12-member bipartisan panel created in last week's debt ceiling deal that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama.
(CNN) – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday named Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rob Portman of Ohio as his three Senate GOP picks for the special congressional committee that will negotiate further deficit reduction steps.
(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday named Reps. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, Dave Camp of Michigan and Fred Upton of Michigan as his three House Republican picks for the special congressional committee to tackle further deficit reduction.
(CNN) - Jeb Bush, Jr. endorsed Jon Huntsman for president Wednesday at a press conference in Miami.
In addition to the formal endorsement, Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said he will become National Chairman of GenH, the former Utah governor's youth and young professionals outreach program.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty has added a South Carolina visit to his campaign schedule later this month to participate in a town hall sponsored by a leading tea party figure, CNN has learned.
The August 22 town hall in the coastal district of conservative first-term Rep. Tim Scott will be officially announced this week.
Madison, Wisconsin (CNN) - Republicans retained four of the six state Senate seats that were in jeopardy in Tuesday's recall elections in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.
Democrats won two seats but needed three to take control, the newspaper reported.