For decades, city and state governments have seen contracting as a cost-saving panacea. But past experience has left some of today's policymakers more skeptical.
The two men's presidential hopes rest on appeals to the right-wing grassroots—and those voters seem to prefer Cruz.
New Hampshire’s governor, a prep-school campus, and the meaning of women in politics
The party's only hope to rescue the midterms is a tactical silver bullet—the underlying forces are arrayed against them.
Republican contenders prostrated themselves for the casino mogul's favor—a vivid illustration of who owns the GOP.
Healthcare reform finally got some good news, exceeding enrollment goals and possibly changing minds in the process. Will it still be Democrats' albatross in the midterms?
From politicians and donors to the party rank and file, a change of heart in the GOP is a major factor in the issue's increasing public acceptance.
In states like Arizona, social conservatives hoped to push back against the rising gay-rights tide, but lawmakers and the public sided against them.
For Democrats, it's proof the GOP is captive to extremists; for Republicans, it's a scapegoat for the party's electoral failures. But the movement is weaker than ever.
The MSNBC host has Beltway buzz for his flirtation with the 2016 presidential race. Republican primary voters may be a different story.
The GOP hopes the former Massachusetts senator, now exploring a run in New Hampshire, is a sign that Obamacare will be toxic in the midterms—just like he was in 2010.
Florida’s Charlie Crist is running for governor again—now as a Democrat. Is he a craven opportunist or an effective pragmatist in a time of ideological exhaustion?
Republican David Jolly's victory in a swing congressional district indicates that Obamacare could damage Democrats in the midterm elections.
For potential candidates, this year's gathering was a momentous encounter with a passionate segment of the GOP base.
Most Americans favor legalizing marijuana, but most in the GOP do not. Can the party avoid being on the losing side of another culture war?
Right-wing challenger Steve Stockman failed to score a blow against establishment Senator John Cornyn. Does that mean the Tea Party is waning?
The vice president seems to be exploring his options, but with the prospect of a Clinton campaign for the nomination in 2016, Democrats aren't eager to see an intraparty fight.
Representative Cory Gardner's candidacy shows that Democrats could be losing their biggest electoral advantage: GOP disarray.
In the three years they've been in power, Tea Partiers have gone through the stages of grief—from denial to acceptance of how Washington works.
The left may have more clout than it once did, but commentators shouldn't mistake progressives for the Democrats' equivalent of the Tea Party.