President Obama’s speech Tuesday announced the relaunch of his health-care program’s website. But he was also aiming to relaunch his entire second term, which has careened from high ambition to near-catastrophe in less than 11 months.
OK, so Congress hasn't managed to pass a budget, fix the tax code or avert the automatic spending cuts of the dreaded sequester.
Amid partisan questioning from both sides in former Sen. Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearing last week, a major opportunity was lost.
On the eve of Inauguration Day, White House political strategist David Plouffe promised that President Obama's inaugural address would include a call for bipartisan cooperation.
Back in 2011, at the dawn of a long presidential campaign, I established a fine baseline for my credentials as a political prognosticator: I told readers that Mitt Romney's strongest challengers for the Republican nomination would be Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Soon - perhaps very soon - the Syrian government of Bashar Assad will fall. On that day, and for months after, Damascus will probably be a disorderly and dangerous place, a risky place for American diplomats to be.
Grover Norquist is losing his grip. It once seemed as if Washington's most powerful anti-tax crusader had the Republican Party firmly in hand. Signing Norquist's public pledge not to raise taxes was almost mandatory in GOP politics. Nine of the 10 candidates initially vying for the Republica…
Outside the old red-brick City Hall in Manassas, Va., Dorothy Cummings was beaming. She had finally persuaded her son Charles to register to vote - and now she was marching him into the registrar's office to make sure he got it done.
Here's one thing the two presidential candidates agree on: the federal government's current fiscal course will lead to disaster.
There's an old saying in Republican politics: Massachusetts produces only two exports - lobsters and liberals - and neither one travels well.
For months, Mitt Romney's rivals in the Republican presidential
race have hammered him as a closet moderate, especially on
third-rail social issues such as abortion and gay marriage.
When Richard M. Nixon ran for the Republican presidential
nomination in 1968, he faced a daunting problem: A lot of voters
just didn't like him. Nixon had made his name in politics as an
angry, partisan hatchet man, famous for lashing out against
Democrats and the news media. To win the pres…
Early this year, as street protests began spreading across the
Arab world, a young Internet expert from Germany, Katrin Verclas,
asked Egyptian democracy activists what kind of technology they
needed most. More laptop computers? Better access to the Web?