"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:
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, who Mike Wallace once called 'the finest journalist in the business,' will replace Katie Couric as the face of CBS Evening News.
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:
Rep. Ron Paul (R) is expected to announce his presidential exploratory committee Tuesday afternoon in Iowa.
Haley Barbour was seen as a top Republican candidate for president in 2012, but he said Monday he will not seek the nomination.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a likely Republican candidate for president with strong credentials but a rap for being 'unexciting,' sought to show a little flair at a tea party rally in Friday.
Most people don't think 'smash YouTube hit' when they think about C-SPAN, but Rep. Joe Crowley's unspoken one-minute 'speech' on the floor of the House went viral on Friday.
Mitt Romney announces he's forming an exploratory committee – a step toward entering the presidential race. He's already signaled several changes from his failed 2008 bid.
With the news of Glenn Beck leaving Fox officially announced, it's time to reflect. The host has packed a lot of wallop in just two-plus years at Fox News. Conspiracy theories, apocalyptic predictions, and just plain eyebrow-raising statements have kept the folks at Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog group, busy. They track his show (along with many others) and take notes. Now that the show “Glenn Beck” is ending later this year, Media Matters has opened its files and shared some of the most noteworthy moments. We’ve whittled the list down to the 10 most controversial things Mr. Beck has said on Fox – so far, at least. It bears noting that Beck has a lot of followers, who admire his populist conservative critique of the Obama era. His Facebook page has more than 1.8 million fans -- coincidentally, the same number of viewers he had as of January (down from 2.9 million in January 2010). Whether those fans believe his every word is hard to tell. But, like any good showman, he knows how to draw a crowd.
The race in recent weeks became a proxy referendum for how voters feel about Gov. Scott Walker (R) and his anti-union actions. A recount of the Wisconsin Supreme Court election is all but certain.
Former governor and current DNC Chairman Tim Kaine declares his candidacy for the Virginia Senate race, joining former governor and senator George Allen (R).
Millions of dollars have poured into Wisconsin for Election Day. At stake: a desire to swing the state Supreme Court majority on the issue of collective-bargaining power for unions.
Katie Couric may be leaving when her contract is up in June. Ratings for 'CBS Evening News' are down, but not everyone says it's her fault. Where would she go next? And who would take over?
Donald Trump joined 'Fox and Friends' for the first time as a regular Monday to explain how Oprah Winfrey (Democrat and Obama fan) could ruin his presidential appearance.