The White House sees the death of Muammar Qaddafi and the end to US war in Iraq as major successes for the US and, not incidentally, for President Obama. But most Americans are more interested in the economy than foreign policy.
Newt Gingrich seems to have resurrected his campaign with steady debate performances. He's saved his attacks for the Obama administration and avoided bickering with Romney and Perry.
The House and Senate are poised Wednesday to approve three trade agreements, crafted during the Bush administration, with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia. They'll be the first big trade pacts since NAFTA in 1993.
Economic conditions have seemed ripe for a popular uprising from the left, and now 'Occupy Wall Street' protests are marshaling those forces. But so far the tea party has greater focus and intensity.
Riding a wave of good feeling among GOP voters, Herman Cain is now virtually tied with ex-Gov. Mitt Romney at the top of the Republican rankings, according to recent polls.
Ron Paul won the Values Voter Summit presidential straw poll of Republican hopefuls by a relative whopping 37 percent of the vote. His combination of organized supporters and a strong biblical theme worked well.
A prominent evangelical leader who supports Rick Perry says the Mormon religion "is a cult." Several polls show a significant minority of voters would not vote for a Mormon, a subject Mitt Romney may have to address again.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie decided not to run for president – a decision that appears to solidify the Republican field. But in whose favor? Candidates are now jockeying for position.
Gov. Rick Perry was heckled Thursday in North Carolina over his stance on illegal immigrants attending Texas universities. Mitt Romney and Chris Christie joined the critical chorus.