Washington (CNN) – Even in an election year, the current dysfunction in Washington reflects a worsening partisan divide that has created what amounts to parallel political universes seemingly unable to comprehend or deal with each other.
In one, President Barack Obama and Democrats battle Republican obstruction that they say stunts their plans for economic recovery and advancing equal opportunity for all Americans.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The Senate voted Tuesday to begin debate on a bill to give tax breaks to small businesses that hire new workers or boost pay for existing workers. But the overwhelming 80-14 vote masks the broad expectation that because of an unrelated fight over the Bush tax cuts, the small business bill is unlikely to pass the chamber.
"You have to wonder whether the bill that we will go to shortly is a serious exercise," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, shortly before the vote, as he a noted a procedural technicality could scuttle the bill even if the Senate did approve it. "So I'm not sure that the majority is interested in passing something."FULL STORY
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama, fresh from his renewed pitch to cut taxes for the middle class, takes his message to Iowa Tuesday - a trip shadowed by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as part of a GOP strategy of "bracketing" the president's public appearances in battleground states.
Obama won Iowa by 10 points in the 2008 election.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Exhausting, but informative. That's how Republican and Democrats view the 2012 presidential campaign, according to a new Pew Research Center poll released Thursday.
With almost four months left until Election Day, 67 percent of American adults say they expect the remainder of this year's White House race to be "exhausting."
(CNN) – While Democrats say the issue has been settled, Republicans argue the debate over health care reform is not over yet.
One day after the Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold the controversial health care law passed in 2010, the GOP is pushing a message Friday that the law imposes a substantial tax hike on the American public.
Washington (CNN) – In the second major change for this year's Democratic National Convention schedule, in Charlotte, North Carolina, its host committee is moving a Labor Day festival meant as the event's kick-off from the motor speedway on the outskirts of the city to its center.
With the speedway about 20 miles from the downtown area, organizers believed it would be logistically too challenging for the thousands of delegates to attend the festival and other event, such as caucus meetings, that will take place closer to town.
Washington (CNN) – Karen Harned has been going to the Supreme Court every day it has met since June 11 so there would be no chance she would miss the health care law ruling.
Harned is director of the small business legal center of the National Federation of Independent Business, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that seeks to strike down the law. She and her group have worked through all of the possibilities and are ready to react to the court's ruling immediately.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Senate negotiators were closing in on an agreement Friday to extend for one year lower interests rates on some student loans, Senate aides from both parties told CNN.
The aides predicted a deal would be reached and the legislation approved before the July 1 deadline when Stafford loans are set to double from 3.4% to 6.8%.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A growing list of Democrats in competitive districts and states will not attend this year's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The elected officials said they intend to spend the time with their constituents, especially given the four-day event's close proximity to Election Day.
Washington (CNN) - A major conservative advocacy group revealed Tuesday the next steps in its strategy to influence Senate campaigns this fall. Americans for Prosperity will launch a fresh round of political attack ads against Democratic policies in six races and support the ads with rallies, bus tours and other political activities in each state.
"We're going to launch a half a dozen Senate television ads in the next 10 days," AFP President Tim Phillips told CNN. "It'll be a very significant effort… a two week buy in almost every state. So a big buy. I mean, these aren't phantom buys."