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Chairmen’s term limits make Congress work better

Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg News
Apr 7 2014 - 11:15am

WASHINGTON_ Two of the most skilled Republican members of the House of Representatives announced their retirement over the past 10 days. Their departure is unfortunate, but the hand-wringing over term limits for committee chairmen is misplaced.Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp and Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, both from...

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Republican Senate could circumvent Obama vetoes

Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg News
Mar 31 2014 - 11:15am

WASHINGTON -- If Republicans take control of the Senate in this year's elections, it will be, as Vice President Joe Biden might put it more graphically, a big deal.Last week, elections handicapper Nate Silver gave a 60 percent probability that the Republicans would gain at least the half-dozen seats required for a majority. This wasn't news to top...

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Cruz, Paul compete for fractured conservatives

Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg News
Mar 24 2014 - 11:03am

WASHINGTON -- Two newcomers, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, are the hottest figures in the dominant conservative wing of the Republican Party. In markedly different ways, they both claim to be the heirs to the party's contemporary patron saint, Ronald Reagan.In a short time, these first-term lawmakers have electrified elements...

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Geraldine Ferraro’s lasting legacy

Albert R. Hunt, Standard-Examiner
Mar 17 2014 - 11:39am

WASHINGTON -- On Friday, the Showtime cable- television channel will air "Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way," a documentary about her 1984 race for vice president. Although she was defeated, it was a seminal moment in politics that was validated by the subsequent extraordinary leap in the number of female officeholders.In three decades, political...

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‘Wacko Birds’ cloud Republicans’ election euphoria

Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg News
Feb 4 2014 - 11:41am

Some Republicans envisioned a successful rope-a-dope strategy for this year's elections: Don't make mistakes, and let the Democrats stew in the juices of Obamacare and a strapped middle class.That take-no-risks approach is unraveling. Congressional Republicans are offering proposals on major matters, and the party's right wing -- whose members...

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Clinton’s non-campaign needs someone to take charge

Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg News
Jan 13 2014 - 3:37pm

The hottest story in U.S. politics last week, at least before the implosion of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, was an article in Politico detailing Hillary Clinton's shadow 2016 presidential campaign.On one level, it should make Democrats feel good. She hasn't made a final decision, but she is preparing and planning. She is making sure she...

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Five ways Obama can get his groove back in 2014

Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg News
Jan 6 2014 - 11:12am

Even with no real scandal and only one demonstrable policy blunder, the health-care rollout, President Barack Obama had a miserable 2013 as his public standing plummeted. History suggests it is tough for a second- term president to rebound. Here are five ways Obama could defy those odds.- Open up the wagons: Ingrained habits are hard to change,...

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America’s favorite pastime needs to save itself

Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg News
Dec 30 2013 - 9:09am

The U.S., polarized politically and splintered socially, is about to experience one of its few widely shared moments: the professional football playoffs.Football reigns in America. More than a sport, it's an integral part of the nation's culture. Baseball, the national pastime, and basketball or golf, which have global celebrities such as LeBron...

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Chairmen’s term limits make Congress work better

Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg News
Apr 7 2014 - 11:15am

WASHINGTON_ Two of the most skilled Republican members of the House of Representatives announced their retirement over the past 10 days. Their departure is unfortunate, but the hand-wringing over term limits for committee chairmen is misplaced.Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp and Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, both from...

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Republican Senate could circumvent Obama vetoes

Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg News
Mar 31 2014 - 11:15am

WASHINGTON -- If Republicans take control of the Senate in this year's elections, it will be, as Vice President Joe Biden might put it more graphically, a big deal.Last week, elections handicapper Nate Silver gave a 60 percent probability that the Republicans would gain at least the half-dozen seats required for a majority. This wasn't news to top...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 31 2014 - 11:17am


Cruz, Paul compete for fractured conservatives

Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg News
Mar 24 2014 - 11:03am

WASHINGTON -- Two newcomers, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, are the hottest figures in the dominant conservative wing of the Republican Party. In markedly different ways, they both claim to be the heirs to the party's contemporary patron saint, Ronald Reagan.In a short time, these first-term lawmakers have electrified elements...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 24 2014 - 11:03am


Geraldine Ferraro’s lasting legacy

Albert R. Hunt, Standard-Examiner
Mar 17 2014 - 11:39am

WASHINGTON -- On Friday, the Showtime cable- television channel will air "Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way," a documentary about her 1984 race for vice president. Although she was defeated, it was a seminal moment in politics that was validated by the subsequent extraordinary leap in the number of female officeholders.In three decades, political...

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