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    Top Republicans Split With the Tea Party

    It’s the day of reckoning for Republicans and the Tea Party. Since the grassroots movement started, the GOP has gone to lengths to harness the frustration and mobilization of angry right-wing voters without getting too close to the movement. But Michele Bachmann didn't get that memo.
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    Democrats Find New Opportunity to Oppose Bush

    Two prominent Republicans over the weekend cited the principles of the 43rd president as a picture of what a GOP return to power would look like. Democrats couldn't have been more excited.
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    The Resurrection of Charlie Crist

    Not long ago, Florida's governor seemed like a dead pol walking. Tea Party favorite Marco Rubio was thrashing him in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. Crist’s 30-point lead had swung to a 30-point deficit; funding was drying up, as were endorsements. Now he's back, and ready to prove that centrists can win.
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    GOP Divisions Over Afghanistan

    No one doubts that Michael Steele suffers from chronic foot-in-mouth disease. So when Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, declared recently that Afghanistan was a war that Obama had chosen, and that America shouldn’t get bogged down in a place where “everyone who has tried over a thousand years of history has failed,” he initially encountered the usual reaction from conservatives leery of his leadership: derision and calls to resign.
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    Why Pro-Regulation Americans May Vote GOP

    With Wall Street reform added to health care, President Obama is now two-for-two on his major domestic initiatives. If you include big bills expanding college loans and cracking down on credit-card companies (further strengthened in the new Dodd-Frank financial legislation), he’s four-for-four. Throw in the Recovery Act, which included more public investment than even Franklin Roosevelt managed in his first year, and a half dozen other meaty bills and you’ve got a legislative record that’s already historic.
  • A Clamor for Continuity in Brazil

    With just three months left before they elect a new president, Brazilians are holding their breath. Back in 2002, when a onetime union man with a history of slamming the bourgeoisie was poised to take office, the very idea nearly undid a convalescing Brazilian economy. To save his candidacy, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva wrote an open “Letter to the Brazilian People” eschewing his confrontational past and vowing to abide by the free market. The resulting economic revival has awed the world.
  • John Kerry’s Fulbright Moment

    It had been, Sen. John Sparkman of Alabama said, a “rocky road.” The year was 1968—one of those years that ranks with A.D. 33, 1066, and 1776 as an inarguable landmark—and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had spent hours in executive session struggling with the Vietnam War. Sen. Albert Gore Sr. of Tennessee dismissed concerns that holding public debates about the war would be divisive and undercut America’s chances of victory.
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    W. Va. Senator May Boost Jobless Benefits

    Once sworn in as West Virginia's new senator, Carte Goodwin could provide a pivotal vote for Democrats on such issues as extending unemployment benefits. But his appointment does not resolve the permanent makeup of the state's Senate delegation.
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    Are Sarah Palin's 'Mama Grizzlies' Feminist?

    Palin has George W. Bush’s disdain for intellectual elites, and she lives the rhetoric. She’s undisciplined intellectually, but she’s got street smarts, and they count.
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    Obama and 'Indie Men' Voters

    Barack Obama did not descend from the clouds. Polling was involved, as were focus groups and the usual marketing machinery. You didn’t hear much about number crunching in 2008; you don’t hear much about it now. Obama couldn’t, and can’t, be seen as unsoiled and sui generis if his handlers talk too much about mechanics.
  • Boxer, Fiorina, and California Politics

    Carly Fiorina, 55, has been contending with chemotherapy and radiation treatments and reconstructive surgery because of breast cancer, so she is understandably undaunted by the relatively minor challenge of winning a U.S. Senate seat in this state that last elected a freshman Republican senator in 1982, that has not supported a Republican presidential candidate since 1988, and that has not elected a right-to-life candidate in statewide voting since 1998.
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    Scott Brown, the New Maverick and McCain Successor

    Massachusetts, the bluest of blue states, has never been a particularly comfortable place for Republicans. The Bay State hasn’t thrown its electors behind a GOP presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan won the White House, and it hasn’t had a Republican member of the House in more than a decade.
  • The Party of Repeal

    With financial reform, Republicans are expanding their list of things to repeal. That might bring in donations, but it simply won't happen.
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    Senator, White House Clash Over Transfer of Suspect From Gitmo to Yemen

    Missouri Republican Kit Bond, vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, is aggressively questioning the wisdom of the Obama administration’s decision to send detainee Mohammed Odaini—whose release from the U.S. detention camp had been ordered in May by a federal judge—to Yemen.
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    Cap Leak Delayed Pressure Test of Oil Well

    In the latest setback in efforts to end the spill, pressure testing of the well was delayed after a hydraulic leak in the new cap prevented BP from fully closing it. The test was originally scheduled to start midday Tuesday but was pushed back to late Wednesday, and will now begin “as soon as we can,” the company said.
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    The Debate About the Tea Party and Racism

    For critics like the NAACP, the Tea Party tolerates racism in its ranks, a charge party leaders strongly reject. To condemn the so-called movement for the craziness of some of its more idiotic fans is less than fair. But Tea Party leaders do seem more interested in attacking perceived enemies on the left than in taking on bigoted fringe groups aligned with the party.
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    Bristol's Engagement: What Effect on Sarah?

    Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, the parents of Sarah Palin's grandson, Tripp, have announced in Us Weekly that they're engaged and that they hope to marry within six months. Earlier this week we looked at what a federal disclosure from Palin's political-action committee meant for her presidential prospects. Perversely, the nuptial news could have an even greater impact.
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    Obama’s New Effort to Curb the Spread of HIV/AIDS

    The Obama administration has launched a strategy to combat HIV/AIDS that aims, by 2015, to reduce the number of infections by 25 percent, decrease the number of people living with HIV by 30 percent, and increase the number of people aware of their positive status to 90 percent.
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    Jonathan Alter Appears on 'Late Night With David Letterman'

    NEWSWEEK columnist Jonathan Alter went on "Late Night With David Letterman" Tuesday night to talk about his new book, "The Promise: President Obama, Year One," which offers a behind-the-scenes view of the administration's political successes and failures.
  • Can Obama Persuade Voters to Stay the Course?

    Confidence in President Obama as the agent of change to restore the economy and chart a positive course has deteriorated to the point where nearly six in 10 voters say they “lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country,” according to the latest Washington Post/ABC poll.
  • Charges Against Gay Activists Dropped

    After criminal charges were dropped today against gay military members Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. James Pietrangelo, Choi alleged that the government was "embarrassed."
  • Two Key GOP Senators Give Dems a Boost on Financial Reform

    Changes to financial regulations got a shot in the arm Tuesday with news that two Republican senators will (gasp!) vote with Democrats in favor of the latest version of the legislation. Democrats made several key alterations to win the votes of Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine and Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, giving Democrats the 60 votes they need to break a GOP filibuster and move the bill to the president’s desk.
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    BP Installs New Well Cap

    After days of preparation, BP’s effort to replace the loose-fitting cap that has been collecting oil for the last few weeks with a sealing cap appears to have gone successfully.