Margaret Carlson

08/28/2014 - 3:00pm

    Bob McDonnell arrived Monday at the federal courthouse in Richmond, a few blocks from the mansion he once occupied as Virginia governor, to finally present his defense on charges of corruption. Shorn of the security detail and large staff he once enjoyed, and about 20 pounds lighter, he looked vulnerable...

08/19/2014 - 12:45am

    For most people, summer is a treasured time to cool your heels in a cottage by a lake or in a hammock in the backyard. It's not so simple for politicians. For them, deciding when and where to vacation can be perilous. Repair to a beach on the East Coast and you're an out-of-touch elitist; stay away too...

08/10/2014 - 7:07pm

    Romance, designer gowns, lavish parties, fast cars, private jets and lakeside mansions.

    The federal trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and his first lady on corruption charges features all that and more. If you're headed to the beach, the transcript...

08/07/2014 - 3:26pm

    Fresh from helping save Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi from a tea party upstart, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is on the verge of endorsing an embattled Senate Democrat. According to the New York Times's Joe Nocera, national political director Rob Engstrom told the heads of the chamber's regional groups...

08/07/2014 - 2:54pm

    Sen. Marco Rubio doesn't have much time for Democrats. But he does have two daughters. And so it was that Wednesday morning, he found himself standing in solidarity with a bipartisan group of senators that included Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill as they announced legislation to curb the...

07/31/2014 - 8:06pm

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry recognizes that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. Tuesday, wearing his smart glasses, his hands chopping the air, he called out the National Guard to go to the border to deal with the influx of more than 50,000 children crossing into the U.S. illegally.

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