Tom Diemer - Politics Daily
Onetime maverick John McCain ties for the top spot as the most conservative senator in new rankings by the National Journal. Granted, he shares the billing with seven other Republican senators but it is still a far cry from his 2000 Republican presidential race when he was viewed as an unconventional alternative to George W. Bush.
McCain tacked right in 2008 during his presidential campaign, and stayed there in his successful bid for reelection to the Senate in Arizona. He chose Sarah Palin as his running mate in the national campaign and insists that he's always been an across-the-board...
Andrea Stone - AOL News
WASHINGTON -- The protests in Wisconsin over Republican efforts to breach the last major bastion of organized labor -- state and local governments -- are likely to reverberate in the 2012 election. But to whose advantage is anyone's guess.
Democrats say Gov. Scott Walker's bid to close his state's budget gap by gutting the power of the state's public employee unions, as well as similar efforts in more than a dozen states, have energized the party faithful, whose enthusiasm for President Barack Obama has waned from the heady and historic days of 2008.
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David Gibson - Politics Daily
President Obama has re-nominated a New York pastor and motivational speaker, Suzan Johnson Cook, also known as "Dr. Sujay," to be his ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom despite widespread concerns about her qualifications for the post and a Senate "hold" that halted her confirmation last year.
Obama waited until last June to fill a post that had already been low on the diplomatic pecking order despite the critical importance of the issue, as recent events in Egypt and the rest of the Muslim world have shown. And Johnson Cook, a Baptist pastor from the Bronx, was from the...
Alan Colmes - AOL News
Seeing New York Republican Congressman Peter King sit next to Democrat Anthony Weiner at the State of the Union speech on Tuesday reminded me of Thanksgiving at my house. Even if it's only once a year, it's a nice gesture.
What a shame that Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., claimed that sitting together was a Democratic plot to make their numbers look larger, and that he didn't want to have to do that to view Obama "spew his venom." Broun's response to the speech itself was no less ridiculous, claiming, "You don't believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism." Funny that Broun spewed disdain...
Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
The race to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is already shaping up in Texas. On a call with conservative bloggers Wednesday morning, former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz announced he would seek the GOP nomination for the seat.
Cruz told the bloggers he was letting them hear his plans first because they will be at the "frontier" of this race.
Though already shaping up to be a crowded primary field, Cruz is considered a top-tier candidate for the GOP nomination to be decided in March of 2012. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is largely seen as a moderate who can self-fund his...
Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
It's been several hours since Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced her retirement in 2012 -- ample time for people to begin speculating about replacements for the senior senator from Texas.
Three Republicans are considered undeclared front-runners for Hutchison's seat, and one has already announced her intention to run:
1. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst
As lieutenant governor of Texas since 2003, Dewhurst has become one of the most popular elected officials in the Lone Star State. He's also one of the state's richest politicians: Although he refuses to reveal details about his wealth, he's said to...
Mara Gay - AOL News
Alvin Greene, the unemployed veteran who won the Democratic Senate nomination in South Carolina before losing big in the general election, is running for office again.
Greene has his eye on the South Carolina House of Representative seat of Rep. Cathy Harvin, who died earlier this month. On Christmas Eve, the political novice paid the $165 filing fee to officially run in the April 5 special election, The Associated Press reported.
In November, Republican Jim DeMint trounced Greene by 30 points in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat. During a colorful campaign, Greene raised eyebrows when he...
Patricia Murphy - Politics Daily
On the frenzied final day of session for the 111th Congress, the Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday authorizing a new federally sponsored health benefits program for first responders who participated in rescue and recovery efforts following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Later in the day, the House quickly passed the measure on a vote of 206 to 60 and sent it to President Obama for his signature.
In the nine years since the attacks, hundreds of rescue workers who responded to Ground Zero have become ill or even died from serious respiratory problems. Health professionals have...
David Gibson - Politics Daily
A battle over Christmas is being fought across the aisle in the United States Senate, with Republicans Jim DeMint and Jon Kyl blasting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for making them work so much around the holiday and thereby "disrespecting" Christians, in Kyl's words, or committing a "sacrilege," as DeMint put it.
"What's going on here is just wrong," DeMint, a vocal Christian conservative and tea party leader from South Carolina, told Politico last week. "This is the most sacred holiday for Christians."
Reid responded in a sharp retort from the Senate floor. "As a Christian, no one has...
Andrea Stone - AOL News
WASHINGTON (Dec. 16) -- Talk about holier than thou. If there was any better example of the perils of mixing politics and religion, it was on display in the lame-duck Congress this week.
It began when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that senators might have to work through the Christmas break if that's what it takes to get through a spending bill, a nuclear arms treaty, the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" and other pressing legislation.
That prompted Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona to accuse the Democrat of Grinch-like behavior, saying it was not possible to stay in...