Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker thought he was having a friendly chat with David Koch, a billionaire industrialist and major funder of conservative causes. It turned out to be a liberal prankster.
Obama brings aboard William Daley, a moderate Democrat and fellow Chicagoan, as his new chief of staff. Daley, seen as a tough but fair manager, could help White House ties to the business community.
The left is hopping mad, not just that Obama cut a tax-cut deal with Republicans, but that he didn't put up much of a fight. But the breach may help him woo back independent voters in time for the 2012 election.
Ads that tie Republicans to Wall Street are boosting early voting returns for some Democrats in Election 2010.
Campaign TV ads are ramping up ahead of Nov. 2, but the race that has run more than any other in the nation has been largely overlooked by the national media, though it is crucial to the GOP.
The Internet has already had a profound effect on national campaign finance. Now, it is beginning to impact local politics, too.
The current campaign system puts the interests of the American people in the hands of wealthy special interests. Both parties should rally behind the Fair Elections Now Act, returning public elections to public ownership.
Liberal groups charge the US Chamber of Commerce with spending foreign donations on political ads targeted against Democrats. Chamber officials deny the charge, but campaign finance law makes it hard to know for sure.
Democrats have been taking the offensive, apparently hoping to use Social Security to their advantage as they fight to maintain control of Congress.