President Obama revealed in his memoir "Dreams for My Father" his youthful use of illegal drugs as he grew up in Hawaii. But journalist and biographer David Maraniss apparently fills in the picture with quite a few colorful details.
David Hawkings of CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing explains how it was possible that 96 senators voted for the same thing this week, and whether a similar agreement on a troubled student loan bill will be possible later this year.
Politicians routinely use Twitter, but harder to find are those whose tweets actually, really, identifiably come from them. The ones who tweet interesting facts, interact with constituents, and even — gasp — crack jokes on occasion. Let me recommend a few who walk the walk and tweet the tweet.
President Obama campaigned Thursday in Iowa, where he delivered his sharpest criticisms yet of Republican rival Mitt Romney. Iowa is one of several states likely to determine the outcome of the November presidential election.
Voters in Arizona's 8th Congressional District will decide next month who will fill the seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She resigned in January, a year after she was badly injured in a shooting. One of her former aides is taking on a Tea Party candidate in the special election.
With the national convention just three months away, state Democrats are reeling from a series of setbacks, including passage of a gay marriage ban and a sex scandal within the organization. But party leaders say they're committed to making the convention a success and keeping the state "blue" in November.
Pennsylvania has been considered a swing state in the past few elections. Voters did elect a Republican governor and U.S. senator two years ago. But after voting for the Democrat in five straight presidential contests, is it still a swing state?
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