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  • Election 2012: Mitch Daniels out, where does that leave the GOP?

    Election 2012: Mitch Daniels out, where does that leave the GOP?

    Citing family considerations, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he will not run for president. That leaves the rest of the GOP field angling for position at a time when many Republicans are less than thrilled with the current choices.

  • Election 101: Herman Cain

    Election 101: Herman Cain

    Herman Cain, who announced his candidacy for president at an Atlanta rally May 21, aims to bring a new slogan to the White House: “Yes, We Cain!” Seriously, folks. The pizza magnate, aka the ‘Hermanator,’ is staging a full-on charm offensive, hoping his Southern-fried charisma, business savvy, top performance in the first GOP debate, and media prowess are enough to offset his fundamental flaw: zero political experience.

  • Can Newt Gingrich save his campaign?

    Can Newt Gingrich save his campaign?

    Some GOP strategists say his presidential campaign is as good as done following his criticism of Paul Ryan's plan for Medicare, but Newt Gingrich isn't giving up. The week ahead could be telling.

  • Was Newt Gingrich right about GOP's Medicare plan?

    Was Newt Gingrich right about GOP's Medicare plan?

    After Newt Gingrich called Paul Ryan's Medicare plan 'radical,' he accepted party demands to recant his statements. But polls show that most Americans do not want changes to Medicare.

  • Jon Stewart-Bill O'Reilly confab Day 2: Is 'Daily Show' host turning Republican?

    Jon Stewart-Bill O'Reilly confab Day 2: Is 'Daily Show' host turning Republican?

    'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart appeared again with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. He sounded unusually Republican, but he's not quite ready to vote for one of the GOP presidential candidates.

  • Mitt Romney makes a fundraising splash. How much does that matter?

    Mitt Romney makes a fundraising splash. How much does that matter?

    Mitt Romney lays down the gauntlet to Republican contenders with a one-day fundraising haul of more than $10 million. His rivals probably won't be able to keep pace, but they may not have to.

  • Jon Stewart-Bill O'Reilly show: Who won the Great Poetry Debate?

    Jon Stewart-Bill O'Reilly show: Who won the Great Poetry Debate?

    The Jon Stewart–Bill O'Reilly faceoff on 'The O'Reilly Factor' Monday touched on the White House guest list at a poetry event. Tuesday is Round 2: presidential candidates. Prepare yourself, Newt.

  • N.Y. race heats up: Democrats test message on GOP plan to 'end Medicare'

    N.Y. race heats up: Democrats test message on GOP plan to 'end Medicare'

    In a special congressional election for New York's solidly Republican 26th District, the Democrat says her GOP foe would back Paul Ryan's plan to 'end Medicare.' The parties are taking notice.

  • Can Democrats hold the Senate in 2012? Now Herb Kohl says he's retiring.

    Can Democrats hold the Senate in 2012? Now Herb Kohl says he's retiring.

    Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl says he's retiring after his fourth term ends in 2012. He is the sixth Democrat-aligned senator to do so, compared with only two Republicans.

  • Election 101: Ron Paul sets sights on 2012. Ten things to know about him.

    Election 101: Ron Paul sets sights on 2012. Ten things to know about him.

    Ron Paul is hoping the third time’s the charm. The Texas congressman declared his (third) candidacy for president Friday on ‘Good Morning America.’ The ‘intellectual grandfather’ of the tea party movement is a constitutional purist who’s as popular among his fervent followers as he is disliked by the GOP establishment. He’s a dark horse pushing for an upset victory.

  • Accolades galore for Jim Lehrer as he opts to exit 'PBS NewsHour'

    Accolades galore for Jim Lehrer as he opts to exit 'PBS NewsHour'

    Veteran newsman Jim Lehrer will relinquish the anchor's chair at 'PBS NewsHour' on June 6. Media analysts credit him for the newscast's 'fact-based,' 'well-reasoned,' and 'civilized' approach.

  • Mitt Romney's health-care challenge: Did he pass his own test?

    Mitt Romney's health-care challenge: Did he pass his own test?

    In a much anticipated speech, Mitt Romney tackles head-on the central challenge to his undeclared candidacy. Can he defend his record as governor while attacking Obama on health care?

  • Mitt Romney tackles ‘ObamaCare,’ but what about ‘RomneyCare’?

    Mitt Romney tackles ‘ObamaCare,’ but what about ‘RomneyCare’?

    As Mitt Romney offers a five-point replacement of Obama's health-care reform, he dodges its similarities to his own plan for Massachusetts, instituted during his time as governor.

  • Election 101: Ten questions about Newt Gingrich as a presidential candidate

    Election 101: Ten questions about Newt Gingrich as a presidential candidate

    Newt Gingrich, best known for engineering the 1994 Republican Revolution, is using the revolutionary social media platforms of Facebook and Twitter to promote his "run for President." The former speaker is a masterful strategist with a brilliant political mind. But a rocky marital record and a penchant for flame-throwing may jeopardize his candidacy.

  • Newt Gingrich will run for president: Can he catch on?

    Newt Gingrich will run for president: Can he catch on?

    Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who led the Republican Revolution of '94, has high negatives among general-election voters but knows how to talk and raise money. So who are his people?

  • Gas prices and five other liabilities for Obama in 2012

    Gas prices and five other liabilities for Obama in 2012

    “Yes We Can” was so 2008. Now President Obama is the incumbent, with a record to defend. More than whom the Republicans nominate to run against him in 2012, how voters perceive Mr. Obama’s accomplishments and liabilities – two highly subjective categories, at times overlapping – will determine whether he gets four more years. Here are his top six liabilities, including still-high gas prices:

  • Getting bin Laden and five other boosts to Obama's reelection bid

    Getting bin Laden and five other boosts to Obama's reelection bid

    "Yes We Can” was so 2008. Now President Obama is the incumbent, with a record to defend. More than whom the Republicans nominate to run against him in 2012, how voters perceive Mr. Obama’s accomplishments and liabilities – two highly subjective categories, at times overlapping – will determine whether he gets four more years. Here are his top six accomplishments, including the killing of Osama bin Laden:

  • First GOP presidential debate: Was Pawlenty too 'Minnesota nice'?

    First GOP presidential debate: Was Pawlenty too 'Minnesota nice'?

    Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, considered a top-tier GOP candidate for president, didn't go after the absent Mitt Romney over health care during a GOP debate Thursday night in South Carolina, but he did condemn the Obama reform.

  • Scott Pelley in, Katie Couric out, at CBS Evening News

    Scott Pelley in, Katie Couric out, at CBS Evening News

    Scott Pelley, who Mike Wallace once called 'the finest journalist in the business,' will replace Katie Couric as the face of CBS Evening News.

  • The roar of Ron Paul: Five of his unorthodox views on the economy

    The roar of Ron Paul: Five of his unorthodox views on the economy

    Ron Paul, the Texas congressman who is expected to announce an official "exploratory committee" for a presidential run Tuesday, is known for his passionate espousal of free markets and sound money. To supporters, Congressman Paul has stood as a lone voice of reason in Congress, wiser than Wall Street. Critics see his views on issues like reviving a gold standard or ending the Federal Reserve as simplistic and more dangerous than the ills he hopes to cure. Here are his own words on key economic issues: