Ohio Republican Steve LaTourette’s decision to retire from the U.S. House means there will be even fewer moderates to work across party lines on the so-called fiscal cliff and other tax-and-spending issues.
Budget talks resumed to avert a U.S. government shutdown, with Vice President Joe Biden meeting tonight with Senate Democratic leaders who are working to craft a spending-cut package Republicans might accept.
Republicans are in a strong position to keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year as political analysts predict that Democrats will fall more than a dozen seats short of a majority in the Nov. 6 election.
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will begin drafting their own health-care measure today, now that the chamber has voted to repeal the overhaul President Barack Obama pushed into law last year.
President Barack Obama is stepping up criticism of tax-exempt Republican-leaning groups using undisclosed donations to fund “attack ads” less than a month before congressional elections, a complaint his opponents call baseless.
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.