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  • 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:

  • Ron Paul: Why is he running for president again?

    Ron Paul: Why is he running for president again?

    Rep. Ron Paul (R) is expected to announce his presidential exploratory committee Tuesday afternoon in Iowa.

  • Haley Barbour shocker: 'I'm not running for president'

    Haley Barbour shocker: 'I'm not running for president'

    Haley Barbour was seen as a top Republican candidate for president in 2012, but he said Monday he will not seek the nomination.

  • Protesters heckle Obama at fundraiser. What did they sing?

    Protesters heckle Obama at fundraiser. What did they sing?

    Protesters at a fundraiser in San Francisco heckle Obama through song, chiding him for broken campaign promises. He agreed with them – to a point – but looked 'displeased,' a report says.

  • Obama in California: The good, the bad, and the $35,800 dinner plate

    Obama in California: The good, the bad, and the $35,800 dinner plate

    President Obama made his two-day, six-stop trip to California to raise money and rally his base. Along the way, he drew cheers at Facebook headquarters and hecklers in San Francisco.

  • Gary Johnson declares for president: Is he the next Ron Paul?

    Gary Johnson declares for president: Is he the next Ron Paul?

    Republican Gary Johnson, who earned the nickname Governor Veto while cutting spending in New Mexico, announced his candidacy for president Thursday in New Hampshire. He also has a libertarian streak reminiscent of Rep. Ron Paul.

  • Election 101: Who is Gary Johnson?

    Election 101: Who is Gary Johnson?

    Gary Johnson, who has already scaled Mt. Everest, has chosen the presidency as his next summit. The former New Mexico governor declared his candidacy on April 21 in New Hampshire. "America needs a ‘President Veto’ right now – someone who will say no to insane spending and stop the madness that has become Washington," he said in a statement. A libertarian-leaning, tee-totaling triathlete often dubbed “the next Ron Paul,” Mr. Johnson is a maverick whose liberal views on marijuana might smoke his White House bid.

  • Why Obama is turning back to TV, despite big success in new media

    Why Obama is turning back to TV, despite big success in new media

    On Monday, he doled out four one-on-one interviews with local TV station anchors. In the 2008 campaign, he used new media to build his national movement.