Albert R. Hunt

06/09/2014 - 1:08am

    Democrats think they may have a gift, the next Todd Akin, which would enhance their prospects of retaining control of the Senate.

    He is Mississippi Republican state legislator, Chris McDaniel, a right-winger who appears to have forced incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran into a runoff. Wednesday morning, with only a few...

04/27/2014 - 11:43pm

    President Barack Obama envisioned building a foreign-policy legacy in his second term: a nuclear deal with sanction-strapped Iran, an end to U.S. involvement in conflicts overseas, and a successful pivot to Asia, including a trans-Pacific trade pact.

    Fifteen months...

04/13/2014 - 8:24pm

    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...

04/03/2014 - 12:10am

    If Republicans take control of the U.S. 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...

03/27/2014 - 3:33am

    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...

03/13/2014 - 2:08am

    If Hillary Clinton doesn't run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 - and there's 1 chance in 5 of that - the party could have a nervous breakdown.

    On the national level, the Democratic bench is weaker, or more overshadowed, than at any time in...

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