For all the headaches on the campaign trail, you would not think a candidate would be hounded by his own dog.
The New Hampshire primary will tell us a good deal more than the Iowa caucuses did about where the Republican candidates stand and how they might do in the general election against President Barack Obama.
Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder delivers a major speech on voting rights at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. The location is significant: In 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, a landmark piece of civil rights legislation that banned the worst forms of racial discrimination in American elections.
America's poverty rate is now the worst since 1993, according to a shocking report last week from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Humans have been doodling in snow, in sand and on cave walls for more than 30,000 years.
As Hurricane Irene gathered force, moving its way up toward the populated areas of the East Coast, politicians in both parties scrambled to prepare. President Obama cut short his vacation on Martha's Vineyard to return to Washington. Governors and mayors in all the affected states issued warnings, with mandatory and voluntary evacuations, and state officials mobilized.
President Obama meets with officials at the FEMA headquarters and delivers a statement on Hurricane Irene.
The troubled negotiations over the debt ceiling have offered yet another reminder of the perilous state of Congress. Republicans and Democrats have found it to be virtually impossible to reach a deal.
When presidents send American troops into military conflict, it usually seems as if Congress barely flinches. Presidents no longer request that Congress declare war. Members of Congress don't insist that presidents ask them.
The success of Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Wisconsin Republicans at stripping most collective bargaining rights from public unions has triggered a fierce political backlash.
"I'm going to appoint Thurgood Marshall to the (Supreme) Court."
This is an excerpt from a recorded conversation between President Lyndon Johnson and then-Judge Thurgood Marshall, released by the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, which has been compiling these once-secret audio tapes.
Politics is serious business -- but not all the time.
Since the late 1940s, it has been an American custom for pollsters and publications to release a ranking of U.S. presidents.
"I watched children study famous people in history," Maria has said, "I always thought they should be studying my father"
President Obama remembers the victims and offers a hopeful message as he leads a memorial service Wednesday night.
Barack Obama has found his voice again. America first heard him in 2004, when his address to the Democratic national convention electrified the delegates and marked the young Illinois legislator as a political comer.
The mass shooting in Arizona has raised a political challenge for the Republican Party. Party leaders have spent the last few days rebutting charges from liberals that extreme rhetoric from the right had something to do with inspiring the rampage.
Brian Todd reports on new details of JFK's Secret Service detail and the assassination.
After mostly avoiding the spotlight for decades, many of the former U.S. Secret Service agents who were assigned to protect President John F. Kennedy are now offering their accounts of the day he was assassinated, 47 years ago Monday.
Election Day will be consequential, perhaps a nail biter. Senate control may turn on a fistful of ballots in key states. Millions of Americans will be reminded again of their ramshackle election system. Lines are long, registration lists are error-filled, machines break down, and puzzled poll workers offer little help.
Howard Gleckman is a resident fellow at the Urban Institute and editor of TaxVox, the blog of the nonpartisan research organization Tax Policy Center. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the writer.
This month marks the anniversary of many historical milestones in the continuing effort to guarantee equal rights to all Americans.
Despite all the questions surrounding the war in Afghanistan, congressional Democrats have not challenged the administration's policies since President Obama announced a surge of troops in 2009.
CNN's Candy Crowley asks Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) about the falling public's falling support for the war in Afghanistan.
Luci Baines Johnson, the younger of the late President Lyndon Baines Johnson's daughters, has been hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, according to a former member of Johnson's staff.
Death threats and vandalism in the wake of the health care vote spark a conversation about the power of words.
As he stood before the delegates of the 1964 Republican Convention in San Francisco, California, Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, the party's presidential nominee, said, "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
Security threats become a contentious political issue. CNN's Dana Bash reports.
Americans have always exercised their Democratic rights under the U.S. Constitution to speak out against the government.
Scott Brown's victory over Martha Coakley in Massachusetts has sent shock waves through the Democratic Party.
On June 17, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson explained to The New York Times reporter James "Scotty" Reston why he had to stay the course in Vietnam by stabilizing the South Vietnamese government so that it could fight communism.
As a candidate and president, Barack Obama has distinguished himself as one of the most dynamic and enthralling orators in decades of American politics.
President Obama is taking a huge step in his presidency. After weeks of careful deliberation, the president has sided with military officials who have been pushing for an escalation of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
We've been watching presidents come and go for years and have come up with five key lessons for President Obama to keep in mind as he copes with the world's toughest job.
During the recent interview that Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry gave to CNN, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee argued it was still too early for the United States to commit more troops to Afghanistan.
During the recent interview that Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry gave to CNN, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee argued that it was still too early for the United States to commit more troops to Afghanistan.
Vice President Joseph Biden is emerging as an important voice within the White House on the war in Afghanistan.
Students, we know you may not be all that ecstatic about seeing your teachers -- and the homework they assign -- as the school year starts up. Pay attention in class, though; you never know what hidden talents your teachers might have. Just look at all of these famous former teachers:
One of the great puzzles this summer has been why President Obama seemed to have underestimated the intensity of the counter-mobilization he would face in proposing health care reform.
Health care reform has gotten off track. The president's news conference fell flat. Polls show growing unease with the proposals currently in play. And Congress will not meet the deadline that President Obama imposed.
We're in the throes of summer vacation season, but at least one American is still on the job. While it's rumored that President Obama will follow in the footsteps of President Clinton and vacation on Martha's Vineyard, he hasn't had a chance to break out his Bermuda shorts just yet. When Obama does take off, though, he'll join in the grand tradition of presidential vacations, like these notable ones:
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, a key architect of the U.S. war in Vietnam under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, has died at age 93, according to his family.
Democrats are elated because Sen. Al Franken, former comedian and radio host, is finally coming to town. The gates of political heaven seemed to open when former Sen. Norm Coleman finally conceded.
President Obama continues to enjoy high approval ratings.
Are great leaders born, or are they made through offbeat jobs? Let's have a look.
"Who controls the past controls the future."
Hold on to the audacity of hope but shun the arrogance of over-promising.
While pundits have compared President Obama to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, less attention has been paid to another, perhaps more apt parallel -- Lyndon Baines Johnson.
The Obama administration starts its work today with the highest of ambitions.
When presidents enter the White House, they have approximately 100 days to show what they are made of.
Use this resource as a brief history of presidential inaugurations and the traditions associated with them.
President-elect Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain will meet for the first time on Monday since the election.
Now that he is president-elect, Barack Obama must start thinking about what to do with Joe Biden.
When presidents enter the White House, they have approximately 100 days to show what they are made of.
Wednesday night's vote on the financial bailout was good for future legislators who plan to run for president. For decades, the conventional wisdom has been that sitting senators make bad presidential candidates.
As the election approaches, we're learning more than we ever wanted to know about the presidential and vice presidential candidates. You even hear a lot about the potential first ladies -- I have somehow picked up the fact that Barack and Michelle Obama saw movie "Do the Right Thing" on their first date.
CNN's Jessica Yellin reports on how the potential vice presidential contenders are performing.
When it comes to vice presidential picks, there have been some good ones and some not so good ones.
CNN's Ed Henry reports on what real people in Ohio are saying about the GOP choices for Vice President.
Why waiting to announce a running mate until the conventions might be a boon for Obama -- and a liability for McCain
There's no right way to choose a No. 2. McCain and Obama have to decide what matters most: heft, diversity, party unity, regional balance, buzz -- or a combination of all five
Terrorism, a slow economy and rising gas prices are issues that can keep American voters awake at night.
The candidate told "forgotten" America that big government isn't the answer, but his message wasn't aimed only at them
Hillary Clinton and John McCain are arguing that Barack Obama is too green for the job. But history shows that when it comes to the presidency, experience doesn't guarantee success
The founder and former CEO of Black Entertainment Television apologized Thursday to Sen. Barack Obama for what appeared to be veiled comments this week regarding the Democratic presidential hopeful's acknowledged drug use as a teenager.
BET founder and Hillary Clinton supporter Bob Johnson speaks in Columbia, South Carolina, about Sens. Clinton and Obama.
Shedding her private dismay that she's not the most charismatic candidate, Clinton allowed her humor -- and anger -- to peek through
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Tom Tancredo is standing by his new television ad depicting a terrorist attack on an American mall, saying it portrays a real threat.
Rep. Tom Tancredo is running a terror themed ad. Will it help his presidential campaign? CNN's Brian Todd reports.
The nation's poverty rate dropped last year, the first significant decline since President Bush took office
Lady Bird Johnson, the former first lady who was married to President Lyndon B. Johnson, died Wednesday, according to a family spokeswoman. She was 94.
There are times when reason carries the mind no further, when the mind is carried from the rational across the penumbra of the absurd. That is where the leadership of the U.S. Senate now resides.
Jack Valenti, the longtime head of the Motion Picture Association of America, died Thursday of complications from a stroke he suffered in March, his family announced. He was 85.
Jack Valenti, who served as president of the Motion Picture Association of America for nearly four decades, has suffered a stroke and has been taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, officials said.
The election that made him famous, he didn't win; Lyndon Johnson did, 49 percent to 42 percent, in New Hampshire's 1968 Democratic presidential primary. But Eugene McCarthy, who died last week at 89 in Washington, had scared the sitting President by articulating a principled opposition to the Vietnam War and corralling enough idealists to turn vexation into votes.
On Halloween night, crusty conservative Judge Laurence H. Silberman had a scary tale to tell fellow right-wingers gathered for dinner at Washington's University Club. He told in more detail than ever before how J. Edgar Hoover as FBI director "allowed -- even offered -- the Bureau to be used by presidents for nakedly political purposes." He called for the director's name to be removed from the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Washington.
One was a wealthy Bostonian, handsome but sickly, a rakish war hero uncertain about his future.
This election is very close. But that may be where the similarity between Kerry vs. Bush and Bush vs. Gore ends and the similarity to Johnson vs. Goldwater begins.
ON THE MORNING OF JAN. 14, 2003, MUTUAL FUND EXECUTIVES across the country turned to the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal and promptly choked on their morning coffee. They found a piece by...
Warning: Being U.S. president may be harmful to your health.
To those of us who eat, sleep and occasionally drink politics, nearly everything that happens in a presidential campaign is interesting, but very few things are really important.
Hours before daybreak today, mourners started lining up at the Botanical Gardens on Capitol Hill. They'll remain there all day -- swelling in number from hundreds to thousands, and eventually to hundreds of thousands -- as they wait to pay respects to Ronald Reagan, whose casket will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda starting this evening.
The story is told of how well and, yes, brilliantly, Lyndon B. Johnson understood the political importance of a politician's relationship with his parents.
The History Channel says it has assembled a panel of three renowned historians to examine a theory that President Lyndon B. Johnson was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The golf course has been the stage for some truly high-powered moments in business. Andrew Carnegie was on the links in 1901 when he was persuaded to sell his empire to J.P. Morgan, creating the ...
About six years ago, as a friend and I were on a cross-country drive, we stopped in New Salem, N.D., where we visited the town's singular claim to fame: Salem Sue, a 38-foot statue billed as the Wo...
In almost 30 years of working in Washington politics, I've not seen a time when the process has been shallower or when fewer people involved have been truly interested in the substance of national ...
-- Have we learned anything in the quarter century since the last great war on poverty was conceived? After all, that war was lost, and poverty in the U.S. is just as ugly and sprawling now as it w...
A fellow could get a touch of cognitive dissonance brooding over the material in Trends in Family Income: 1970-1986, the latest unsnappily titled publication of the Congressional Budget Office. The...
Sol M. Linowitz has had a life that many businessmen surely envy. Coming from a family in straitened circumstances, he was immensely successful as a lawyer and then a corporate executive. As an ins...
Easily the most fascinating social-policy news in the papers on June 25 was an item about affirmative action that the New York Times elected to bury on page A20, possibly because its editors did no...
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