Republicans need to pick up four seats to win control of the U.S. Senate in November. One race they're eyeing is in North Dakota, where longtime Democratic incumbent Kent Conrad is retiring. Outside spending is already in play, and the Democratic candidate is distancing herself from President Obama.
The unsuccessful attempt to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may well embolden governors of other states to challenge unions in order to curb collective bargaining rights. One labor studies professor put it this way: "There will be other dominoes; other states will fall."
The 1939 Hatch Act prohibiting federal employees from using their jobs to partisan ends could never have anticipated modern communication. GovExec's Kellie Lunney discusses the prospects and bounds of reform.
Richard Grenell recently explained that Mitt Romney chose him to serve as his foreign policy adviser based on his record and abilities. The Romney campaign, he says, also knew he was openly gay. Grenell explains why he resigned, and where Romney and President Obama differ on foreign policy.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker survived his recall election, a victory that may signal trouble for Democrats at the national level come November. NPR's Political Junkie columnist Ken Rudin and Katrina Vanden Heuvel of The Nation talk about what Walker's victory means for progressives.
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