The news that Barack Obama continued the Bush administration’s domestic telephone surveillance program is sparking new doubts about a president who campaigned as a champion of civil liberties and greater transparency.
The political action committee of Boeing Co. last year donated $3,000 to then-Representative Larry Kissell’s bid for re-election. Thirteen days after the North Carolina Democrat lost, the PAC cut a $1,000 check to Richard Hudson, the Republican who ousted him.
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan pressed the U.S. Department of Energy in 2008 to write rules for electric-car loans that could have risked almost as much federal money as was lost when Solyndra LLC went bankrupt.
The Republicans are poised to retake the U.S. House and narrow Democrats’ margin in the Senate, delivering a rebuke to President Barack Obama ’s party in a campaign shaped by voter anxiety over jobs and the economy.
The election-year arithmetic in U.S. Senate races is growing increasingly complicated for Republicans, diminishing the party’s prospects of winning a majority that earlier this year was seen as within its grasp.