FROM Matthew Cooper
President Obama Wins a Second Term Despite predictions that it might take weeks to decide the election, Mitt Romney conceded at 1am this morning in Boston. "The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle…and we citizens also have to rise to occasion." President Obama responded a half hour later. "I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We're not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America." Matthew Cooper is Editor of the National Journal Daily .
Can Newt Gingrich Redeem Himself? Two days before the South Carolina primary, Texas Governor Rick Perry suspended his presidential campaign today and threw his support to Newt Gingrich . As the former House Speaker got that good news, ABC News released excerpts of an interview with his second wife, Marianne, who claims he lacks the moral character to be president. Interviewed by ABC's Brian Ross, she talked about Gingrich's affair with his now third wife, Calista. Matthew Cooper is Editor of the National Journal Daily .
Congress Averts Government Shutdown, Payroll Tax Still Uncertain The House and the Senate have reached a deal on government spending that will keep the Pentagon, the EPA and the Education Department open until the end of this fiscal year. Other agencies were taken care of in November. But the extensions of tax withholding cuts and unemployment benefits are still unresolved. Matthew Cooper is editor at National Journal Daily .
Supercommittee Must Consider Revenue Increases, Spending Cuts There's been increased pessimism that the so-called Supercommittee can meet its deadline for getting the national debt under control. But today bipartisanship has broken out. Forty House Republicans and 60 Democrats have made a joint call for both increased revenues and entitlement cuts. Matthew Cooper is Editor of the National Journal Daily .
The President's Speech and the Politics of Tragedy In last night's memorial service in Tucson, President Obama began with touching stories about the dead, the wounded and the first responders, apparently learned in telephone calls during the past few days. He addressed the question of what caused the killings and woundings that shattered what he called "a quintessentially American scene."
The President, the Republicans and the Rhetoric President Obama took the high road at last night's memorial service in Tucson, asking Americans not to use "tragedy to turn on one another." At a time, he said, when political discourse is "sharply polarized," we should talk "in a way that heals, not a way that wounds." Republicans are now on a closed-door retreat, talking about the business of trashing healthcare reform under heavy pressure from Tea Party supporters. Did Obama meet the challenge a president faces in troubled times? Will politicians and pundits tone down the rhetoric?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.