President Obama continued condemning this week's Supreme Court decision striking down limits on corporate spending in political campaigns, saying Saturday that the ruling "strikes at our democracy itself."
The transcript of President Obama's town-hall meeting Friday afternoon at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio. (The town-hall followed a speech by the president.)
TPM's Ben Craw compresses a year of presidential promises on the topic of health-care into five minutes.
In an interview with the Boston Globe, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley defended her failed...
Prepared remarks for President Obama's speech to a town-hall meeting Friday afternoon at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio:
Two more senators, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), announced Friday their opposition to a second term for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
The saga of health-care legislation over the last six months has included plenty of near-death experiences for the reform movement. Now, one way or the other, the story is nearing its end.
Taxpayers will be able to write off charitable donations to Haiti earthquake relief efforts when they file their 2009 taxes this spring, under a bill that received final congressional approval Thursday.
Senator-elect Scott Brown, who won Edward M. Kennedy's seat for the Republicans, arrived in Washington Thursday.
The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations may spend freely to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on their participation in federal campaigns. Reaction is coming in fast.
Mark Halperin, editor at large and senior political analyst at Time magazine, chats online about his book "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime."
Having spent the requisite time squabbling over why they lost the Massachusetts special election and their Senate supermajority, Democrats turned Wednesday from disagreeing about their past to disagreeing about their future.
Former senator John Edwards on Thursday admitted paternity of a daughter with former mistress Rielle Hunter, despite his previous denials, in a statement given to the "Today" show.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds President Obama's handling of the threat of terrorism continues to be a strong point, but on one of his most high profile initiatives - closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay - support has fallen off sharply.
In another sign that Michelle Obama is making healthful eating by children her signature issue, the first lady promised to outline a "major initiative on childhood obesity that will mobilize the combined resources of the federal government" to work with cities, foundations, businesses and non-profits.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have donated $15,000 from their personal bank account to help the victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake.
Want to watch President Obama's State of the Union address on the go next Wednesday? The White House has launched a new iPhone and iPod Touch application that will make that possible for some.
Sen. John McCain announced Wednesday that his 2008 running mate, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, will campaign with him in Phoenix on March 26 as he bids for reelection to the Senate.
Lobbying reports filed this week suggest mixed results for K Street in 2009, as record expenditures by health-care and oil firms were offset by lower spending in other sectors hit hard by the economic recession.
The Senate opened debate Wednesday on a plan to raise the nation's debt limit by $1.9 trillion, a move that Democrats hope will see the Treasury through this fall's congressional elections.
The court never tips its hand, but it seems at least a strong possibility that the court will issue a decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission on Thursday.
After loudly opposing the Democratic agenda while locked in a virtually powerless minority for the past year, Congressional Republicans declared themselves vindicated Wednesday by the surprising election of Scott Brown to the Senate in traditionally Democratic Massachusetts.
In honor of the one year anniversary of President Obama's inauguration, Michelle Obama signaled their commitment to creating a more accessible White House by surprising visitors attending public tours on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010.
The commonwealth of Massachusetts awoke Wednesday morning to a sobering new reality: Its voters had elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate seat held by Edward M. Kennedy for 47 years, and John F. Kennedy before that.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada): The people of Massachusetts have spoken. We welcome Scott...
Scott Brown thanked his daughters Ayla and Arianna for their help in the campaign, drawing howls of embarrassment and what looked like some on-stage blushing when he bragged to the crowd that both the young women were "available."
President Obama awoke on the first anniversary of his inauguration to a capital much less hospitable than it was a year -- even a day -- earlier, after the GOP's upset win in Massachusetts robbed Democrats of a supermajority in the Senate and any semblance of momentum for their agenda.
Word of Martha Coakley's concession call to Brown had whipped around the campaign staff minutes earlier, through the earpieces that had the lowliest volunteer looking like Secret Service. But it was just information until the crowd erupted.
At the Park Plaza Hotel, guests climbed the wide carpeted staircases Tuesday night to the second-floor ballroom, where Scott Brown's campaign planned a victory celebration.
The Justice Department and the FBI have begun a preliminary investigation into actions by Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), who arranged to provide money and career assistance to the husband of his mistress, sources familiar with the case said Tuesday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Tuesday that there will be health-care legislation, even if a Republican wins the U.S. Senate seat in a special election in Massachusetts, depriving the Democrats of a 60-vote Senate majority.
Voters backing GOP candidate Scott Brown in Wilmington, Mass., frequently cited fear of changes the health-care reform bill might bring.
President Obama's top aides barely concealed their angst about the Senate election in Massachusetts today -- even before it's over.
The Senate will open debate Wednesday -- as expected -- on a plan to raise the nation's debt limit, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday afternoon.
The polls have been open in Massachusetts for roughly eight hours, and media reports from across the spectrum generally agree on two points -- turnout is high, and neither side trusts the other much.
As many Democrats brace for the possibility of Scott Brown taking the seat long held by Edward M. Kennedy, a former Kennedy campaign aide offers a scenario that leads to a narrow victory for Martha Coakley, the state attorney general who polls showed slipping.
The White House press office took the unusual step of sending reporters a video from Haiti Tuesday afternoon. "AMAZING VIDEO: Crowd starts chanting USA, USA during L.A. County USAR rescue," the office wrote.
"I really don't like Martha Coakley at all, but I'm voting for her," said Tim Flynn.
The number-two Democrat in the House said Tuesday that the Senate's version of health care legislation is "better than nothing," and that Democrats are determined to advance some form of their health overhaul regardless of what happens in Massachusetts, where a special election could hand Republicans a crucial 41st Senate seat.
The worse the weather, the larger the question of voter motivation looms over the race for a successor to Ted Kennedy in the United States Senate. Democrats are trying to motivate a base of loyal voters alerted--relying by polls and the 11th hour visit of President Obama on Sunday--to the possible loss of what was widely regarded a safe seat for state attorney general Martha Coakley. The campaign of Republican candidate Scott Brown, a state senator, is reaching out to voters from traditional phone banks, but also aiming to marshal enthusiasm through the internet and social networking.
| January 19, 2010; 9:40 AM ET |
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President Obama has authorized the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security to call up certain members of the military's reserves to support earthquake relief and recovery operations in Haiti.
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Former president Bill Clinton will travel Monday to Haiti to deliver emergency relief supplies and meet with the country's leaders, his foundation's office said.
Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton expressed hope Sunday that relief efforts will bring some stability and set Haiti on course to become a more modern state. Bush and Clinton are on the Sunday talk show circuit following the establishment of a fund to help Haiti recover from Tuesday's devastating earthquake.
President Obama worshiped Sunday at an historic African American congregation in Northwest Washington and spoke from a pulpit where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached on several occasions.
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