(CNN) – Post-mortems written after the 2012 campaign focused on a variety of Republican shortcomings: underwhelming television ads, an outdated voter contact model, and a message that was out-of-step with the changing face of America.
Overlooked in the aftermath of Mitt Romney's loss, however, was the fact that Democrats throttled Republicans in the critical practice of opposition research - the age-old tactic of gathering negative information about one's opponent and pushing it into public view through the press or through paid media.
(CNN) – A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that he "does not believe in conversion therapy" for homosexuals, but did not say whether the New Jersey governor plans to support a ban on the practice that's under consideration by state lawmakers.
"There is no mistaking his point of view on this when you look at his own prior statements where he makes clear that people's sexual orientation is determined at birth," Maria Comella, his spokeswoman, said.
(CNN) – Rep. Ed Markey, running in a special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, is highlighting his response to 2010's gulf oil spill in a new ad released Thursday.
The longtime Democratic lawmaker led the charge to put a live stream of the leaking wellhead online, and pushed for legal action against BP, the owner of the oil platform where the leak began.
(CNN) - The drive for a tough federal gun control law has hit a political roadblock. But that's not silencing Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg.
The loquacious vice president and the outspoken New York mayor on Thursday touted what they term the "importance of passing common sense legislation to reduce gun violence," including the need for a stiff background check system for all gun sales.
Washington (CNN) – Lawmakers in the House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday funding the government through the end of September and avoiding a partial federal shutdown, while also softening the blow of $85 billion in forced spending cuts.
The measure, which passed the House in a 318-109 vote, cleared the Senate on Wednesday. It now goes to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
Jerusalem (CNN) - The most complicated neighborhood in the world is even more uncertain these days, and what you see ranges from breathtaking to heart-stopping.
In Ramallah, West Bank, there are fancier cars and more economic activity than when I last visited five years ago.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama delivered remarks in Jerusalem Thursday addressed to the Israeli people. Below is his speech, as prepared for delivery and distributed by the White House.
(CNN) - The House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday funding the government through the end of September and avoiding a partial federal shutdown, while also softening the blow of forced spending cuts. The measure, which passed the Senate on Wednesday, now goes to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
The vote was 318-109.
(CNN) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed GOP Rep. Paul Ryan's proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget Thursday. Ryan's budget would cut $4.6 trillion in spending and eliminate the deficit over 10 years, while also repealing President Barack Obama's health care law and overhauling Medicare. The measure is believed to have no chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate.
The vote was 221-207.
(CNN) - Speaking after President Barack Obama's news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said the United States should favor Israelis when it comes to brokering peace in the region.
"I think to some extent, we should play favorites," King said on CNN's "Starting Point." "I mean there is not an equivalency between Israelis and Palestinians. Israel is our closest ally in the Middle East. It is the only democracy in the Middle East. We obviously want to work with the Palestinians and want to bring about peace. But I don’t see either a moral or diplomatic equivalency between the two."
King also said the president's trip to Israel had so far been a success.