When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, voters were not merely choosing a candidate they found more compelling. They also were endorsing a renewal of the notion that government could be a force for good.
Dan Coats , who left the U.S. Senate 12 years ago and more recently worked as a Washington lobbyist, won the Republican nomination in Indiana for the seat being vacated by his successor, Democratic Senator Evan Bayh .
Retirement announcements by Senator Olympia Snowe and other centrists are putting more U.S. Senate seats at stake than at any time since 1996 -- and the result may be an even more polarized environment next year.
Senate Democrats, meeting for the second time in a week for talks on a planned energy bill, still haven’t agreed which “clean energy” programs are justified after the BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Democrats worried about defending congressional majorities and divided over extending income-tax cuts are delaying a vote on the issue until after Election Day. Party strategists warn they are missing an opportunity to define themselves against Republicans.
For 36 years, Jim Rice was a loyal supporter of Richard Lugar, the six-term Republican senator from Indiana with a reputation for compromise and stature in Washington. Now, Rice says he will vote for a Democrat.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke defended his expansion of record monetary stimulus in a meeting with Senators as top Republican lawmakers stepped up their criticism of the central bank chief’s policies.