Confidence has waned in the United States since President Obama's historic election four years ago, but most Americans are still optimistic about the next four years as the president heads into his second term, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.
The political action committee founded by Sen. Jim DeMint, a darling of the Tea Party movement, was three-for-nine in picking conservative Senate candidates this year - after spending more than $8.7 million.
Cory Booker says he's straight but doesn't mind questions about his sexuality because it challenges people's prejudices about gay people - a stance the scotch-drinking, cigar-smoking Steve Lonegan deems "kind of weird."
When it comes to appointing women to high-level executive branch posts, the Obama administration has named no more women to high-level executive branch posts than the Clinton administration did almost two decades ago, according to a New York Times analysis.
In the topsy-turvy New York City mayoral race that has been filled with larger-than-life characters, Bill Thompson has run a steady, under-the-radar campaign. And he's still within striking distance of victory.
The Republican National Committee, responding to plans by two television networks for programs about Hillary Rodham Clinton, approved a resolution Friday to block CNN and NBC from hosting GOP presidential primary debates.