The National Rifle Association spent at least $12 million -- and bestowed its endorsement on Republican nominee Mitt Romney at a Virginia rally -- in its unsuccessful bid to oust President Barack Obama.
Rick Santorum pressed his attack against Mitt Romney, saying that on “key fronts of liberty” his opponent would be an inadequate choice to lead the charge against President Barack Obama as the two prime contenders for the Republican nomination battled for support in the Deep South.
For a member of the U.S. Congress, Republican or Democrat, the numbers could hardly look worse. Almost 8 in 10 Americans disapprove of lawmakers’ performance, and unemployment has been above 8 percent for 41 consecutive months.
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.