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Dec 30, 2013
What to expect from DC in 2014With John Harwood, CNBC Watch more
Red, blue states move in opposite directions in a new era of single-party controlBy Dan Balz, The Washington Post
Political polarization has ushered in a new era in state government, where single-party control of the levers of power has produced competing Americas. One is grounded in principles of lean and limited government and on traditional values; the other is built on a belief in the essential role of government and on tenets of cultural liberalism.Read more
A Beltway pundit's cloudy crystal ballBy Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
To err is human. To err twice a week, you have to be a columnist.
In 2012, I cemented my reputation as a pundit by making some notable blunders — predicting, for example, that the presidential election would be too close to call. The race was "unpredictable," I wrote, "razor close."Read more
Jobless Benefits Halt May Be Key Issue in MidtermsBy Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics
If lawmakers decide next month to end a high-stakes impasse over extending long-term unemployment insurance benefits that expired Saturday, an estimated 1.3 million jobless Americans may receive compensation for three additional months or longer.Read more
Kerry’s Energizer Bunny Diplomacy Takes Risks for Wins
After less than a year as secretary of state, John Kerry has emerged as a relentless evangelist for can-do -- or try-to-do -- diplomacy who’s taken risks, veered off-script and notched some tangible if tentative wins.Read more
Dec 24, 2013
This year’s 5 key congressional momentsWith Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post
Despite the historic lack of productivity, it was a busy year on Capitol Hill with shutdowns, shootings, filibusters, historic budget deals and scandal.
Which moments were most important and memorable? Here’s a quick video essayWatch more
The Battle Within the Democratic PartyBy Molly Ball, The Atlantic
Things are not going well for Democrats. Riding high just weeks ago after Republicans shut down the government, the party now finds itself in a swoon: President Obama’s ratings have hit an all-time low. The implementation of healthcare reform remains a mess. Vulnerable Democrats are scrambling to distance themselves from the White House, and the party is on track to lose seats in the House and Senate next year.Read more
A toast to the bad old daysBy Todd S. Purdum, Politico
The Democratic president was at loggerheads with the House Republican leader after a rancorous session of Congress. A liberal White House adviser badmouthed the leader to the press, and the president had to apologize. In the end, a bipartisan Christmas spirit prevailed, and the business of governing got done.Read more
Obamacare Good Enough for Obama?With Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News
Bloomberg’s White House Correspondent Julianna Goldman reports on President Obama signs up for a bronze plan on the D.C. Health Exchange.Watch more
Korea Execution Is Tied to Clash Over BusinessesBy Choe Sang-Hun and David E. Sanger, The New York Times
The execution of the uncle of Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, had its roots in a firefight between forces loyal to Mr. Kim and those supporting the man who was supposed to be his regent, according to accounts that are being pieced together by South Korean and American officials. The clash was over who would profit from North Korea’s most lucrative exports: coal, clams and crabs.Read more
Dec 23, 2013
Obamacare Deadline: Must Enroll by MidnightWith Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News
Julianna Goldman updates the latest Affordable Care Act news.Watch more
For official Washington, a truly horrible yearBy Dan Balz, Washington Post
Who had the worst year in Washington? The answer is easy: official Washington.
In the past year, Americans witnessed the diminishment of President Obama’s political standing and credibility; the least productive Congress in decades; a partial shutdown of the government caused by a misguided tea party Republican strategy; the deeply flawed implementation of the Affordable Care Act; and the legal and political fallout from revelations about the National Security Agency’s intelligence-gathering activities.Read more
Make Mistakes. Admit Them. Try Again.By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine
Presidents aren’t allowed to admit mistakes in public. So when President Obama was asked during his news conference today what mistake he had committed in the last year, he gave a mushy answer. George W. Bush had trouble with the same question. President Obama answered at greater length than Bush—580 words!—but with the same lack of substance. He talked about his health care website and how lines of communication were blurry and the procurement process wasn’t very good. Those are problems, not mistakes, and certainly not mistakes he made.Read more
US releases more documents on surveillance originsBy Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press
The director of national intelligence on Saturday declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program.Read more
What Snowden startedBy Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Edward Snowden should be proud.
Until this week, the National Security Agency could argue that its massive effort to collect every American's telephone records had been approved, at least tacitly, by all three branches of government.Read more
Dec 20, 2013
A Legacy in the Balance on Surveillance PoliciesBy Peter Baker, The New York Times
For President Obama, the proposed overhaul of the American surveillance state confronts him with a fundamental choice: Will he become the commander in chief many expected in 2008 or remain the one he became in 2009? Or is there a balance in between?Read more
Analysis - U.S. surveillance case: Tech may clash with 18th Century rightBy David Ingram and Joan Biskupic, Reuters
A judge's bid this week to stop the U.S. government from collecting Americans' phone records raises a question that the U.S. Supreme Court has confronted before: at what point should modern technology force judges to revisit legal precedents?Read more
Lew sends letter to Congress warning of debt limitWith Eamon Javers, CNBC Watch more
Congress approves reforms to address sexual assault, rape in militaryBy Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post
Congress passed a broad set of changes to U.S. military personnel policy late Thursday, forcing the Pentagon to revamp how it deals with cases of sexual assault and rape in the ranks.Read more
13 Unlikely Congressional Newsmakers of 2013By Fawn Johnson, National Journal
We all knew coming into 2013 that Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan would be important in the ongoing budget squabble. We also knew that Sens. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz would be worth watching.
But there are several lawmakers who made the spotlight this year, even if only briefly, that we didn't anticipate. Here are 13 of our favorite unlikely newsmakers.Read more