Some see ideals of tea party movement at play in Senate, after a huge spending bill loaded with earmarks is scuttled after GOP lawmakers thought twice about it.
Under normal circumstances, the chairman of the Republican National Committee is unknown to most Americans. He – and it’s always been a “he” – raises money, oversees party operations, and appears from time to time on Sunday talk shows. Michael Steele, the current GOP chair, has blown that model out of the water – to the chagrin of many Republicans. His two-year tenure has featured one misstep after another. Now that he has decided to run for reelection next month, following big Republican gains in the fall midterms, his list of stumbles will come back to the fore.
From the start, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele was not only a historical figure in the GOP but a controversial one as well. Now he may be on the way out.
Many Democrats are angry with the GOP-Obama tax deal. They want to hold out for more GOP concessions. But the expectation is that the tax cuts will still pass, probably with some changes.
Sarah Palin's new book 'America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag' goes on sale Tuesday. It arrives as Palin ponders a run for the presidency, drawing criticism from the right.
President Obama and Secretary Clinton sympathize with air travelers irked by intrusive security measures, including X-rays and body pat downs. But for now, things are unlikely to change.
In a letter to Republican leaders, tea party members advise the GOP to avoid culture-war social issues such as gay rights and abortion and to focus on reducing deficit and role of government.