It's primary Election Day in Wisconsin on Tuesday, where five Democrats are vying for the opportunity to take on Republican Governor Scott Walker in June. The recall stems from massive protests at the state capitol last winter, and many view the election as a referendum on Walker's bill that strips public unions of collective bargaining rights.
A dozen years ago, Barack Obama ran an unsuccessful campaign for a U.S. House seat. Though his ambition proved no match for his opponent's experience, Obama honed his speaking style and cultivated relationships that would eventually help propel him to the White House.
If the latest polls hold, Richard Lugar, R-Ind., may be headed out of the U.S. Senate after Tuesday's primary in Indiana. But don't worry too much about the 80-year-old Lugar. There are plenty of post-politics options for a former lawmaker. Even for an octogenarian.
The White House played down Vice President Joe Biden's comments that he is "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples who marry having the same rights and liberties as heterosexual couples. Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart says President Obama should follow the vice president's lead.
The traditional phone call an American president makes to congratulate any new leader of a major American ally became cause for suspicion, as did the invitation Obama extended to France's new socialist leader, Francois Hollande, to visit the White House before the NATO meeting in Chicago and the G-8 Summit at Camp David.
In 1974, Richard Lugar was known as "Richard Nixon's favorite mayor," which didn't help his bid for the Senate. Now, with the Tea Party calling him "Barack Obama's favorite senator," he is in real danger of losing the GOP primary on Tuesday.
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