Election results show defection of independents, plus the low turnout among young and black voters, hurting Democrats.
First, Sen. John Ensign and Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to having affairs. Friday, Palin left politics (for now). But the list of potential Republican candidates for the White House is still long.
Judge Sotomayor's confirmation hearings could provide the spark on hot-button issues such as gay marriage and abortion.
Readers write about needle and syringe exchange programs, Obama's handshake in Latin America, reverse-discrimation, and what US students learn about Islam.
Readers write about how American students are taught about Islam, illegal filesharing, and strip searches in schools.
South Dakota, Colorado, and California weigh measures.
But delegates say pregnancy humanizes the nominee for vice president.
A party divided over his candidacy will make a victory in the general election difficult, especially if McCain faces Obama.