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How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans

Angry and frustrated, American voters went to the polls in November 2010 to “take back” their country. Just as they had done in 2008. And 2006. And repeatedly for decades, whether it was Republicans or Democrats from whom they were taking the country back. No matter who was put in charge, things didn’t get better. They won’t this time, either; spending levels may go down, taxes may go up, budgets will change, but American government will go on the way it has, not as a collective enterprise but as a battle between warring tribes.

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 6:40am

Pakistan Arrests CIA Informants Who Helped in Bin Laden Raid

The New York Times is reporting that Pakistan's top military spy agency has arrested five informants who aided the CIA in run-up to the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 11:40pm

Insiders Say Ethanol Subsidies Should Go; Split on How Quickly

Though the Senate on Tuesday shot down, 40-59, a vote aimed at repealing $5.4 billion in ethanol subsidies, the majority of National Journal Energy and Environment Insiders think that they need to go, either now or in the next five years.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 10:40pm

The States of Play

President Obama won 365 electoral votes in 2008, but with a struggling economy, his campaign is focused on defending the gains he made.  

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 10:40pm

Perry, Huntsman AWOL From Debate but Not the Campaign?

Some of the winners and losers of the first major presidential debate weren't onstage.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 8:40pm

Who Is Mrs. Weiner? Huma Abedin Comes into the Fore

In many news photos, there always seem to be a gaggle of aides surrounding major Senate and presidential candidates, as well as top government officials. For the most part, while their names may be known to many Beltway insiders, most Americans probably don’t know who they are, and may not even care.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 8:40pm

Perry, Huntsman AWOL From Debate but Not the Campaign?

Some of the winners and losers of the first major presidential debate weren't onstage.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 7:40pm

AP: Wis. Court Upholds Law Limiting Collective Bargaining Rights of Public Unions

Wisconsin's Republican governor scored a victory on Tuesday when the state's Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling, upholding a controversial collective-bargaining-rights law, according to reports.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 7:40pm

Who is Huma Abedin?

In many news photos, there always seem to be a gaggle of aides surrounding major Senate and presidential candidates, as well as top government officials. For the most part, while their names may be known to many Beltway insiders, most Americans probably don’t know who they are, and may not even care.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 6:40pm

Romney Plays for Laughs in New Hampshire

Mitt Romney was posing for a photo with a handful of waitresses Tuesday when he jumped, startled, and yipped, "Oh my goodness!" as though one of the women had touched his butt, Politico's Maggie Haberman reports. It was a joke, but the falsely accused waitress said, "I would never do that." Apparently the presidential candidate was referring to a similar incident at a fundraiser four years ago, when Romney himself was framed as being grabby.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 6:40pm