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  • AP: Bill Cassidy wins La. Senate seat

    December 6, 2014 8:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Bill Cassidy has defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, giving the GOP another victory in the final election of the 2014 midterms. Cassidy's win in Louisiana's Saturday runoff pushes the Republican's new Senate majority to 54 seats in January and costs Democrats their last Senate seat in... more »
  • Louisiana's Senate race to be settled today

    December 6, 2014 10:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana voters are deciding the political fate of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is struggling to win a fourth term against a wave of GOP gains across Southern states. Saturday's runoff is the last election of the 2014 midterms. Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy is the front-runner.... more »
  • GOP promises Cassidy a committee seat

    November 12, 2014 2:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has been promised a seat on the Senate's energy committee if he defeats Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. The maneuver by incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercuts one of Landrieu's chief campaign arguments - that voters need to re-elect her to keep... more »
  • John Breaux on the road with Sen. Mary Landrieu

    October 31, 2014 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - He's been out of office for nearly a decade, but former U.S. Sen. John Breaux is back on the campaign trail, urging voters to support his one-time colleague, Democrat Mary Landrieu. Breaux, a Crowley native and now a Washington lobbyist, was traveling Friday to get-out-the-vote events around... more »
  • Many La. voters not registering with main parties

    October 23, 2014 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's voter rolls jumped by nearly 36,000 in the last two months of the registration period leading up to the Nov. 4 election, with more than half of the new voters opting for neither Democrat nor Republican designation. That's according to registration statistics released Wednesday. Secretary... more »
  • 5 hopefuls in 6th District at Baton Rouge forum

    October 20, 2014 1:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At a forum in Baton Rouge, four Republican candidates for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District seat stressed their opposition to President Barack Obama, while boasting of their conservative philosophies; one Democrat - former Gov. Edwin Edwards - emphasized what he called a moderate philosophy. Edwards, businessman Paul Dietzel,... more »
  • Bill Clinton to campaign with Sen. Mary Landrieu

    October 17, 2014 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's most popular surrogate this fall, is heading to Louisiana early next week for a campaign rally with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. Landrieu's campaign hopes Clinton's visit to Baton Rouge on Monday will boost support for the three-term Democratic incumbent heading... more »
  • Obama's midterm campaign effort getting off to late start

    October 7, 2014 3:00 AM

    WASHINTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's campaign schedule is getting off to a late start, with midterm elections less than a month away. Obama is raising money for Democrats this week from coast to coast, but he is steering clear of any public campaign events with Democrats, which would hand... more »
  • Landrieu skips endorsement of Edwin Edwards

    September 23, 2014 3:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Democratic Party may have endorsed former Gov. Edwin Edwards for Congress, but the state's highest elected Democratic official won't be doing the same. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu dodged talk Monday of backing the convicted felon for an open Baton Rouge-based congressional seat. She said Edwards... more »
  • Landrieu orders review on all flights during office

    August 15, 2014 8:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, under scrutiny for billing private chartered planes to her Senate office when she used the flights to attend campaign fundraisers, has ordered a complete review of all such payments made over the course of her 18 years in the Senate. The issue has... more »
  • GOP, Democrats unite to seek fundraising changes

    July 26, 2014 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican and Democratic parties rarely agree on much, but they've found common ground on an issue that hits both of them in the pocketbooks. Leaders of the two state parties are aligned in their push to get fundraising rules changed. The parties want to compete with... more »
  • Democrats come out against school redistricting

    July 24, 2014 6:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The executive committee for the East Baton Rouge Parish Democratic Party has come out against proposals up for debate to reduce the size of the parish School Board. The Democratic Party's opposition to the school board redistricting follows on the heels of opposition by the local Republican... more »
  • House, Senate in stalemate over border crisis

    July 23, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers. A Senate bill being unveiled Wednesday would allocate $2.7 billion for... more »
  • Obama heads off to raise money on the West Coast

    July 22, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is embarking on a mission that has regularly proved a winner for him - raising money for his fellow Democrats. Obama on Tuesday is starting a three-day West Coast trip, during which he is scheduled to attend fundraising events in Seattle, San Francisco and... more »
  • Edwards: If elected, state budget would be focus

    July 21, 2014 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The lone Democrat to announce he's running for governor, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, says Louisiana's next leader will need to focus on stabilizing the state's finances. Edwards criticized Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's budgeting tactics as "running the state like a big Ponzi scheme." He says Jindal's... more »
  • Openly gay governor candidate leads pride parade

    June 21, 2014 5:31 PM

    PORTLAND, Maine - A Democrat who reluctantly made public his homosexuality last year has served as the grand marshal of Maine's biggest gay pride parade. Mike Michaud would become the nation's first openly gay person to be elected governor if he unseats Republican Paul LePage in November. He was the... more »
  • Christie says he can beat Clinton

    June 13, 2014 2:13 AM

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Gov. Chris Christie appears confident in his presidential prospects despite the ongoing bridge scandal that has tarnished his national reputation. During an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" that aired late Thursday night, Christie was asked whether, "hypothetically," he thinks he could beat Democrat... more »
  • For White House, little joy in Cantor's defeat

    June 12, 2014 2:13 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - For years, the White House saw House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a chief driver of Republicans' staunch opposition to nearly all of President Barack Obama's agenda. Now, Cantor's stunning primary loss seems likely to make politics even more difficult for Obama. Rather than opening a pathway... more »
  • Senate Republicans block student loan bill

    June 11, 2014 9:33 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Republicans have blocked an election-year attempt by Democrats to let people refinance their student loan debt at lower rates. The 56-38 vote Wednesday fell short of the 60 votes needed to proceed to debate on the measure. The bill by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would... more »
  • House votes to create new Benghazi investigation

    May 8, 2014 5:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to establish a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya, with Republicans vowing to dig deeper in a search for truth. Democrats say the election-year inquiry is actually a political ploy to raise campaign cash and motivate GOP voters, and they're weighing... more »
  • Defense bill deals with sexual assault in the military

    December 13, 2013 6:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A defense policy bill that aims to deal with the epidemic of sexual assaults in the military is heading to the Senate, where it could get slowed by Republican outrage over majority Democrats' limits on GOP power. The House passed the legislation Thursday. The strong bipartisan vote... more »
  • Appropriations chairman switches to the GOP

    July 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the House budget-writing committee has become a Republican. Rep. Jim Fannin, of Jonesboro, says he switched to the GOP on Wednesday because he believes the Democratic Party no longer represents his political views or his constituents' views on issues like marriage, gun rights and... more »
  • Landrieu, Cassidy report latest fundraising number

    July 9, 2013 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has outpaced her Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, in the latest fundraising cycle for the 2014 Senate race. But both candidates raised more than $1 million in the fundraising period from April through June 30, according to information released Tuesday by... more »
  • Senator draws attention with party switch video

    July 2, 2013 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - By jumping to the GOP, Opelousas Sen. Elbert Guillory made history, becoming Louisiana's first black Republican state senator since Reconstruction. With a four-minute video explaining why he left the Democratic Party, Guillory's become a darling of national conservatives. The YouTube video had attracted nearly 700,000 viewers by... more »
  • Opelousas senator switches to Republican Party

    May 31, 2013 2:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Opelousas Sen. Elbert Guillory has jumped to the Republican Party, becoming Louisiana's only black state senator in the GOP. Guillory announced Friday that he's leaving the Democratic Party. A spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office said Guillory filed paperwork on Wednesday registering as a Republican. The... more »
  • Senator calls colleagues racist, dodges questions Play Video

    May 29, 2013 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans and Gov. Bobby Jindal called for a New Orleans state senator to apologize for her recent accusations that opposition to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act was based in racism. Senator Karen Carter-Peterson said Monday her colleagues in the Senate opposed President Obama's reform... more »
  • House speaker changes course on budget negotiation

    May 2, 2013 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley has reversed course and thrown his support behind bipartisan budget negotiations in the House between Democratic leaders and a group of conservative Republicans. Kleckley, a Republican, previously was supporting a plan that involved maneuvering the budget through the House and working with the... more »
  • Democrats bring gun control bill to Senate floor

    April 8, 2013 5:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats have brought gun control legislation to the Senate floor amid a threat from conservative Republican senators to use delaying tactics to prevent formal debate from even beginning. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took the first procedural step to begin debate on Monday. He said Republicans owed relatives... more »
  • Top Senate Democrat proposes Social Security panel

    March 20, 2013 10:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate's No. 2 Democrat says he's preparing a plan to create a commission to study Social Security's fiscal problems and send a proposed solution to Congress for guaranteed votes in both House and Senate. Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin says he's got bipartisan backing for the idea, which... more »
  • Senate Democrats prepare government funding bill

    March 11, 2013 4:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are preparing a catchall government funding bill that denies President Barack Obama money for implementing signature first-term accomplishments like new regulations on Wall Street and his expansion of government health care subsidies but provides modest additional funding for domestic priorities like health research. The measure is... more »
  • Senators pledge action on immigration reform

    January 28, 2013 5:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - Key Democratic and Republican senators are pledging to get a wide-ranging immigration bill through the Senate by summer even as they point to numerous pitfalls ahead. The group of eight senators unveiled proposals Monday to secure the border, allow more guest workers, require tougher verification measures by employers... more »
  • House passes bill to defuse debt crisis

    January 23, 2013 12:29 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid a first avoid default for at least four months, defusing a crisis looming next month and setting the stage for a springtime debate over taxes, spending and the deficit. The House... more »
  • GOP moves to delay debt-ceiling showdown 3 months

    January 22, 2013 4:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans controlling the House are moving quickly to try to defuse a potential debt crisis. They're offering legislation to prevent a first-ever default on U.S. obligations for three months or more. The Republicans are giving up for now on trying to extract spending cuts from Democrats in return... more »
  • Dems want House vote on Senate-passed 'cliff' deal

    January 1, 2013 2:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Democratic leaders are pressing Speaker John Boehner to let the House vote on the Senate-approved bipartisan compromise that would avert much of the impact of the so-called fiscal cliff. Following a nearly three-hour private meeting Tuesday between Vice President Joe Biden and House Democratic lawmakers, Minority Leader... more »
  • Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

    December 21, 2012 1:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, saying Kerry's entire life "has prepared him for this role." If confirmed, the Massachusetts Democrat would succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Obama's second-term Cabinet. Clinton did not attend the Roosevelt Room... more »
  • Senate debates $60.4 billion Sandy aid package

    December 17, 2012 4:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats are trying to push a $60.4 billion emergency spending package for Superstorm Sandy victims through Congress by Christmas. Republicans are responding: Not so fast. The Senate opened debate on the aid measure Monday, seven weeks after the storm swept up the East Coast, causing extensive damage in... more »
  • Pelosi says time running out for fiscal cliff deal

    December 13, 2012 10:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says a deal must be reached "in the next couple of days or the very beginning of next week" to avoid the fiscal cliff of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. The California Democrat criticized Republican House leaders for sending lawmakers home on... more »
  • Senate Dems offer Sandy disaster aid package

    December 12, 2012 3:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats have quickly cobbled together a $60.4 billion disaster aid package for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy in late October. Working from the emergency spending request President Barack Obama made five days ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday released draft... more »
  • Boehner: Differences remain in fiscal cliff talks

    December 12, 2012 1:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Talks between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" continue out of the public eye. But public statements from lawmakers suggest a deal is not close. Boehner himself says "serious differences" remain between him and President Barack Obama. The... more »
  • Reid: 'Extremely difficult' to solve fiscal cliff

    December 11, 2012 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Democrat says "it's going to be extremely difficult" to pass legislation to address the so-called fiscal cliff before Christmas, but adds there's still a chance it can be done. Majority Leader Harry Reid commented Tuesday amid a souring mood in Washington over negotiations to forestall... more »
  • Senate GOP leader calls on Dems to spell out cuts

    December 11, 2012 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Republican leader is calling on President Barack Obama and Democrats to spell out where they would cut government spending as part of any deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." Sen. Mitch McConnell complained on Tuesday that Obama has spent his time talking about raising tax... more »
  • Landrieu, other senators tour NJ Sandy damage

    December 10, 2012 2:49 PM

    LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A group of Democratic U.S. senators from around the country is touring storm-ravaged parts of the New Jersey shore with a pledge to support the expensive cost of rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy. The senators also say they have encountered support from Republican senators as billions... more »
  • Obama, Boehner speak by phone on fiscal cliff

    December 5, 2012 4:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner discussed the fiscal cliff Wednesday in a telephone call. It followed several days of political sparring over steps to prevent a year-end series of tax increases and spending cuts. The call raises the possibility that negotiations will soon resume between... more »
  • White House rejects GOP fiscal cliff counteroffer

    December 3, 2012 4:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is rejecting a Republican counteroffer aimed at averting the "fiscal cliff," saying it does not meet what the White House calls "the test of balance." White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer says the GOP proposal would lower tax rates for the wealthy and stick the... more »
  • GOP proposes new 'fiscal cliff' offer to Obama

    December 3, 2012 2:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans negotiating with President Barack Obama on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff are proposing to increase the eligibility age for Medicare and to lower cost-of-living hikes in Social Security benefits. The proposal is a response to Obama's offer last week to hike taxes by $1.6 trillion over... more »
  • Obama, Boehner seem far apart on fiscal cliff

    November 30, 2012 3:51 PM

    HATFIELD, Pa. - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner don't sound close to a deal to avoid that "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts due to hit in January. Boehner says negotiations are going "almost nowhere" right now. He says Obama's proposal to avoid the fiscal... more »
  • Obama to paint Republicans as obstacles to a deal

    November 30, 2012 7:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - During his visit to the Philadelphia area today, President Barack Obama is planning on insisting on higher taxes for the top two percent of earners. That's according to White House officials, who say Obama will cast Republicans as an obstacle to a deal that would avoid the "fiscal... more »
  • Republicans accused Democrats of moving closer to the 'cliff'

    November 29, 2012 1:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican congressional leaders are accusing Democrats of moving the nation closer to the "fiscal cliff," by refusing to outline possible spending cuts. After a meeting with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner today, House Speaker John Boehner said there'd been "no substantive progress" -- and no "specific plan for cutting... more »
  • Obama: US can't afford across-the-board tax hike

    November 14, 2012 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the economy cannot afford a tax increase on all Americans and is calling on congressional Republicans to support an extension of existing tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less. Obama says he is confident that he and Congress can reach an agreement that... more »
  • Deficit talks will test GOP focus on tax rates

    November 12, 2012 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican leaders say the government can raise tax "revenues" without raising tax "rates." But they have yet to detail how they would pursue it. The distinction might mean little to Americans who end up with larger tax bills even if their tax rates don't change. This politically tricky... more »
  • GOP groups take stock after $380 million loss

    November 8, 2012 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican-leaning independent groups were supposed to be a key to victory for Mitt Romney. But they ended up being among the big losers of the presidential race, spending an eye-popping $380 million on ads to oust President Barack Obama only to come up short. The groups were unleashed... more »
  • Fraud? No, spider delays Mass. town's vote count

    November 8, 2012 12:24 PM

    REHOBOTH, Mass. - It wasn't hanging chads or voter fraud that delayed the vote count in one Massachusetts town - it was a spider. Rehoboth Town Clerk Kathleen Conti says one of the town's aging voting machines malfunctioned Tuesday morning. She called a technician, who said a spider web apparently... more »
  • Pres. Obama faces challenges in next term Play Video

    November 7, 2012 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today in Baton Rouge, there was a lot of talk about President Barack Obama's re-election and what will come with his next four years in office. Voters like Rhonda Sharris said even though the same man's in the White House, changes must be made. "You... more »
  • Pres. Barack Obama's victory speech Play Video

    November 7, 2012 12:34 PM

    CHICAGO - Here is the full text and video of Pres. Barack Obama's victory speech after securing a second term in the 2012 race for the White House. ----- Thank you so much. Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its... more »
  • Boustany/Landry battle headed to December runoff

    November 6, 2012 11:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The hard-fought struggle between Republican U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry will continue for another month. Boustany and Landry will face off in a Dec. 8 runoff, after no candidate for the 3rd District seat got more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday night. Boustany... more »
  • La. voters on both sides lament political divide

    November 6, 2012 5:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Turnout has been brisk across Louisiana as voters decide the presidential race, a half-dozen seats in the U.S. House and proposed amendments to the state constitution. Secretary of State spokeswoman Med Casper said Tuesday that there had been reports of occasional, routine problems with machines and long... more »
  • Obama blasts Romney ad on auto industry in Ohio

    November 2, 2012 10:22 AM

    HILLIARD, Ohio - President Barack Obama is accusing Republican rival Mitt Romney of running dishonest ads on the auto industry to scare voters in Ohio, saying: "This isn't a game. These are people's jobs." The Romney ads, which have been airing in Toledo, the home of a Jeep plant, suggest... more »
  • Storm-wracked states prepare for election Tuesday

    November 1, 2012 4:27 PM

    NEW YORK - Election officials were ordering generators, moving voting locations and figuring out how to transport poll workers displaced from coastal areas as Tuesday's presidential election became the latest challenge for states whacked by Superstorm Sandy. The storm devastated communities up and down the East Coast. It had already... more »
  • Campaigns hit 7 swing states today

    November 1, 2012 2:36 PM

    ROANOKE, Va. - It's the busiest day of the campaign for the two presidential candidates, their running mates and their wives, who are visiting seven of the swing states that will help determine Tuesday which man will occupy the White House for the next four years. Mitt Romney is continuing... more »
  • Romney campaign challenges criticism by automakers

    October 31, 2012 12:31 PM

    TAMPA, Fla. - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is challenging criticism from U.S. automakers over campaign ads that claim General Motors and Chrysler are adding jobs in China at the expense of Ohio. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Wednesday, quote: "Their comments don't refute anything in our ad." Romney ads on... more »
  • Biden calls Romney auto ad an 'outrageous lie'

    October 31, 2012 12:29 PM

    SARASOTA, Fla. - Vice President Joe Biden is calling advertising released by Republican Mitt Romney "an outrageous lie" for asserting that automakers General Motors and Chrysler are adding jobs in China at the expense of workers in Ohio. Biden says in Florida that Romney is "trying to scare the living... more »
  • Campaigns invade other sides' turf

    October 31, 2012 10:37 AM

    MASON, Ohio - Some campaign workers in the battleground state of Ohio have a particularly challenging mission: find votes in opposition territory. President Barack Obama's campaign did well with that strategy in 2008, and won Ohio. The campaign has expanded such behind-the-lines efforts this year in places such as the... more »
  • Romney: Families face a choice

    October 25, 2012 1:30 PM

    CINCINNATI - Mitt Romney is talking today about choices facing American families -- telling a rally in Cincinnati that if President Barack Obama is re-elected, seniors on Medicare will struggle to find doctors, college students will face a huge loan burden, and parents will lose choices about where to educate... more »
  • Powell standing by Obama in 2012 presidential race

    October 25, 2012 10:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a longtime Republican, is sticking with President Barack Obama in this year's election. He tells "CBS This Morning" he respects Mitt Romney but thinks he's been vague on many issues. Speaking of Obama, Powell said the president got the United States out... more »
  • Ryan says Obama misleading on Libya questions

    October 19, 2012 2:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's running mate is again slamming President Barack Obama for his response to questions about the attack in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans last month. Paul Ryan told a Milwaukee radio station (WTMJ) that Obama's answers have been "inconsistent" and "misleading." Ryan... more »
  • Obama accuses Romney of suffering from 'Romnesia'

    October 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    FAIRFAX, Va. - President Barack Obama is making a direct gender pitch in hotly contested Virginia, telling a college crowd that when it comes to issues important to women's health and jobs, Mitt Romney is distancing himself from past stances and suffers from a case of "Romnesia." He says Romney... more »
  • Nightmare election scenarios worry both parties

    October 18, 2012 2:32 PM

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Democrats and Republicans alike are fretting over what might go seriously wrong before, during - or just after - the Nov. 6 presidential election. Both parties have amassed lawyers and volunteers to watch polling places and appeal to local election officials if problems arise. Campaign... more »
  • Obama: Romney's economic plan a 'sketchy deal'

    October 17, 2012 3:17 PM

    MOUNT VERNON, Iowa - President Barack Obama is ridiculing rival Mitt Romney's five-point plan for the economy as a "sketchy deal" that boils down to helping the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. Obama told a political rally at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, that Romney won't... more »
  • Romney: Obama has failed America's women

    October 17, 2012 3:16 PM

    CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama has failed America's women. The Republican nominee told supporters in Virginia on Wednesday that women have suffered through high unemployment and high poverty rates during Obama's term. Romney says he has a better plan to help them. Romney's push to broaden... more »
  • High court won't block early voting in Ohio

    October 16, 2012 11:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is siding with Democrats in refusing to block early voting in the battleground state of Ohio. The court on Tuesday refused a Republican request to get involved in a dispute over early voting in the state on the three days before Election Day. The campaign... more »
  • Obama out to seize momentum from Romney in debate

    October 16, 2012 10:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will have a chance to persuade at least 80 undecided voters in a debate tonight. That's how many voters will be in the audience at New York's Hofstra University. They'll have the chance to ask questions on domestic issues and... more »
  • Obama to appear on 'The Daily Show' on Thursday

    October 12, 2012 4:16 PM

    NEW YORK - President Barack Obama will appear on "The Daily Show" on Thursday. Comedy Central announced the booking Friday. It will be Obama's sixth guest visit to Jon Stewart's program, and his second since taking office as president. He also appeared on "The Daily Show" days before the election... more »
  • Obama mocks Romney, says rival is hiding his views

    October 11, 2012 5:28 PM

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Mocking his Republican rival, President Barack Obama says Mitt Romney once described himself as "severely conservative." But these days, Obama says Romney is trying to convince voters he was, in Obama's words, "severely kidding." Obama says Romney is trying to mask his past stances on tax... more »
  • Watch tonight's VP debate LIVE here

    October 11, 2012 2:31 PM

    DANVILLE, Ky. - Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan pull up a couple of chairs tonight for a vice presidential debate that has mushroomed in importance since Mitt Romney's strong showing in the first presidential faceoff. This time, it's the Obama team looking to put the brakes on the... more »
  • Romney: US should be more assertive on world stage

    October 8, 2012 10:53 AM

    LEXINGTON, Va. - Mitt Romney says the risk of conflict in the Middle East has grown under President Barack Obama's leadership. The Republican presidential contender is calling for a "change of course" in the region. Romney assailed Obama's foreign policy in a speech Monday at the Virginia Military Institute in... more »
  • Biden: Romney changed his position on tax cut

    October 4, 2012 4:14 PM

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Vice President Joe Biden says Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney renounced his own tax cut during Wednesday's presidential debate. While campaigning in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Biden said a $5 trillion tax cut is the "centerpiece" of Romney's campaign for president. But Biden said that during the... more »
  • Obama, Romney clash in first debate

    October 4, 2012 10:50 AM

    DENVER - President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney have sparred aggressively in their first campaign debate over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy. Obama accused Romney of seeking to "double down" on the same economic policies that created the economic downturn... more »
  • Bill Clinton: GOP taking away students' rights

    October 3, 2012 2:01 PM

    DURHAM, N.H. - Former President Bill Clinton is telling college students in the battleground state of New Hampshire that they have the right to vote either where they attend school or at home. Clinton took aim at the state's disputed new voter registration law while campaigning for President Barack Obama... more »
  • Watch tonight's debate LIVE online

    October 3, 2012 1:49 PM

    DENVER - They've spent a lot of time talking about each other -- and now, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will be talking to each other, and to tens of millions of viewers of tonight's first debate between them. You can watch tonight's debate through the... more »
  • Obama launches new criticism of Romney and China

    October 1, 2012 3:27 PM

    HENDERSON, Nev. - President Barack Obama's campaign is stepping up criticism of rival Mitt Romney's past investments in China. In a new television ad, the campaign accuses the Republican nominee of investing in a company that maximized profits by paying Chinese workers "next to nothing" to manufacture appliances. The ad... more »
  • State Dep't rejects call for UN ambassador to quit

    October 1, 2012 12:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is rejecting a demand from a senior Republican lawmaker for the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to resign. Rep. Peter King of New York said last week Susan Rice's explanation of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a... more »
  • Economic recovery likely, benefiting election winner

    October 1, 2012 12:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - Eventually, the economic recovery seems likely to pick up steam - whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is in the White House. That's what many economic outlooks project. And the president - and the party - occupying the Oval Office will reap some of the benefits. But first,... more »
  • Ryan wants Romney to beat Obama 'by acclamation'

    September 27, 2012 4:24 PM

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says he wants the Republican campaign message to be so detailed and compelling that Mitt Romney will be elected "by acclamation." The Wisconsin congressman said at a $1,000-per-plate fundraiser at a Knoxville hotel on Thursday that the GOP message contrasts with what... more »
  • Romney decries impending defense spending cuts

    September 27, 2012 3:17 PM

    SPRINGFIELD, Va. - Mitt Romney is calling the across-the-board defense spending cuts scheduled to take effect in January "a gun-to-your-head kind of approach." He says the deal President Barack Obama made with Congress "was a strange proposal in the first place," and he says "it's even stranger that we're seeing... more »
  • Older voters look beyond Medicare, Social Security

    September 27, 2012 12:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - Get in line, Medicare and Social Security. Seniors, like just about everyone else, have money on their minds. Seniors vote at a higher rate than any other age group, so they'll be a deciding factor in the presidential election. Seniors backed the Republican candidate in the last two... more »
  • New polls suggest Romney behind in Ohio, Florida

    September 25, 2012 3:13 PM

    DAYTON, Ohio - As Mitt Romney joins running mate Paul Ryan in Ohio for two days of campaigning, a new poll suggests the Republican ticket has some ground to make up. A Washington Post poll out today shows President Barack Obama leading Romney 52 to 44 percent among likely Ohio... more »
  • Democratic convention resumes in Charlotte

    September 6, 2012 4:07 PM

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Democratic National Convention has resumed in Charlotte, with the last night of speeches under way. The convention is expected to conclude with President Barack Obama accepting the Democratic nomination for president. North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, elected in 2008, is kicking off the program. She is... more »
  • Obama reaches convention city, shifts speech plan

    September 5, 2012 3:53 PM

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - President Barack Obama has arrived in Charlotte, N.C., for the Democratic National Convention and a high-stakes chance to make a case for re-election. Air Force One touched down Wednesday afternoon, hours after disappointed Democrats announced they had to abruptly change their plans. Obama will no longer deliver... more »
  • National debt hits $16T; GOP critical

    September 4, 2012 4:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The national debt has topped $16 trillion as chronic government deficits have piled more than $50,000 worth of debt onto federal ledgers for every man, woman and child in the United States. Barack Obama's GOP rivals used the grim but expected news to blast the president for the... more »
  • Democrats open 2012 convention

    September 4, 2012 4:12 PM

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Democrats have called their national convention to order and delegates will soon move to adopt a party platform that calls for higher taxes on wealthier Americans while backing same-sex marriage and abortion rights. An estimated 35,000 attendees will be at the convention in Charlotte, N.C. First lady... more »
  • Conventions play to TV, but with little suspense

    August 20, 2012 3:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - Americans already know that this year's national political conventions will end with a Romney-Ryan ticket for the Republicans and an Obama-Biden ticket for the Democrats. So have modern-day conventions become irrelevant? Not completely. For the parties, conventions are colossally significant events - opportunities to claim precious hours of... more »
  • House Democrats lose bid to hike taxes on wealthy

    August 1, 2012 4:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats have lost a bid in the Republican-controlled House to increase taxes on high-income earners and on people who inherit million dollar-plus estates. The Democratic plan, which was backed by President Barack Obama, fell to Republicans who insisted that a full package of Bush-era tax cuts be renewed... more »
  • Formats announced for 3 fall presidential debates

    July 25, 2012 4:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - The committee sponsoring this fall's three presidential debates says the first matchup between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger will be devoted to domestic policy. Foreign policy will be the focus of their third meeting. In between, the candidates will meet for a town hall in which... more »
  • Romney distances self from 'Anglo Saxon' remark

    July 25, 2012 4:20 PM

    LONDON - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is distancing himself from an unnamed adviser quoted in British media as suggesting that President Barack Obama doesn't understand the "Anglo-Saxon" heritage shared by Britain and the U.S. Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said Wednesday that if an adviser did say that, the... more »
  • Senate OKs Dem tax-cut bill in showdown with GOP

    July 25, 2012 4:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted to approve a Democratic bill renewing tax cuts next year for all but the highest-earning Americans. The partisan 51-48 vote was a victory for Democrats and averted what would have been a campaign-season embarrassment for them and the White House. The bill closely follows... more »
  • Leaders say no, but some Democrats want tougher gun limits

    July 24, 2012 3:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - A handful of Democrats are calling for a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips after the movie theater shooting rampage in Colorado, but House and Senate leaders of both parties have no plans to touch the issue this election year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch... more »
  • Lawmakers seize on report detailing impact of cuts

    July 17, 2012 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans and Democrats alike are pointing to a new report estimating that automatic budget cuts will cost the economy 2 million jobs. With five months to go before the across-the-board cuts kick in, the Aerospace Industries Association unveiled a report today that warned of job losses, billions of... more »
  • Senate rejects Democrats' business tax cut bill

    July 12, 2012 2:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has rejected a Democratic bill providing tax breaks to companies that enlarge their payrolls or make major purchases or plant improvements. The vote was 53-44, seven short of the 60 votes required to overcome GOP procedural hurdles. The roll call came after senators voted 73-24 against... more »
  • State leaders disagree on next step after health care ruling Play Video

    June 29, 2012 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Jindal says Louisiana will not implement any of President Obama's health care plans, while others called for the state to start working on the reforms. Jindal says his focus will be on helping the GOP defeat President Obama in November and repeal the entire plan. He... more »

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