Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen led Democrats to a House majority in 2008 and has the same job in 2010, but he won't take a third term as Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee head.
At an Oct. 14 Monitor breakfast, Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine discussed the outlook for Democrats in the midterm elections, the coming fight in state legislatures over redistricting congressional seats using the 2010 census, and how President Obama might change in the second half of his term.
At a Sept. 30 Monitor breakfast, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed progress in implementing the Affordable Care Act, misinformation about health-care reform, and the dangers of anonymous campaign cash.
Democratic National Committee chair Tim Kaine criticized the GOP for relying on anonymous donations. The source of funds for campaign ads should be disclosed, Kaine said.
Senate candidate Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat, denigrated 'Obamacare' and shot a hole in the cap-and-trade bill. Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine was not impressed.
At a Sept. 29 Monitor breakfast, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mike Mullen discussed increased pressure to cut the defense budget, US strategy in the Afghanistan war, and the impact of extended deployments on troops and their families.
At a Sept. 17 Monitor lunch, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano discussed the response to the 9/11 attacks, securing the US southern border, and the current US threat level.
Rahm Emanuel's White House chief of staff role wasn't in crafting policy, but in managing strategy, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters Thursday.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she has seen dozens of political ads paid for by generic-sounding organizations with anonymous money.
Admiral Mullen and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel opposed each other on the way forward in Afghanistan, but Mullen said Emanuel 'contributed significantly.'
Michael Mullen, Obama's top military adviser, on Wednesday dismissed reports of infighting within the Obama adminstration over Afghanistan war strategy.
Rep. Barney Frank, speaking at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast Friday, does not expect the rebound to be visible to voters in time for November’s midterm elections.
At a July 26 Monitor breakfast, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) discussed the US war in Afghanistan, his plan to reform Medicare, and whether he will run for president in 2012.
The most somber note in Wednesday's Monitor-sponsored breakfast with reporters came when Education Secretary Arne Duncan was asked about the murders of young people in Chicago.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says education should put politics and ideology aside, but said he would hit the campaign trail in October.
At a September 13 Monitor breakfast, FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey and president Matt Kibbe discussed the potential Republican House majority and addressed recent criticism of the tea party's diversity.
At a September 8 Monitor breakfast, Mississippi Governor and Republican Governor's Association chairman Haley Barbour discussed the current political climate, his background as a lobbyist, and President Obama.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was asked Friday about being called 'Big Sis' by Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report. 'I am amused,' she said with mock seriousness. 'You know, I've made it.'
Redundancies in parts of the antiterrorism network make sense, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at a Monitor-sponsored lunch Friday.
Tea party advocate Dick Armey, chairman of Freedom Works, rejects the notion of a truce on social issues like abortion if Republicans take control of Congress. The former House majority leader says 'issues of the heart' will be on the GOP agenda.