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Albert Hunt is a Bloomberg View columnist and as executive editor of Bloomberg News, he directs coverage of the Washington bureau, which ...

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Congressional turf wars are costing US security

July 7, 2014

This Congress is replete with oversight investigations — the murder of U.S. officials in Libya, the misdeeds of the Internal Revenue Service — that have produced lots of headlines and little substantive change.

  • Republicans will rue killing immigration reform

    July 1, 2014

    Conservative Republicans think the immigration issue has turned to their benefit, removing even the slim prospects for any action this year. If they're right, it's only for the short term.

  • Bennet's strategy to help Democrats keep Senate

    June 23, 2014

    Congress is dysfunctional, yet there are interesting, thoughtful members — Republicans and Democrats.

  • Hillary Clinton's challenges are far bigger than book tour

    June 16, 2014

    Hillary Clinton had a rough rollout for her new book and likely presidential quest; there were gaffes, awkward answers and a relatively slow response to criticism.

  • With Cantor's defeat, let the Republican infighting begin

    June 11, 2014

    The stunning defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by a tea party primary challenger will roil the House for the rest of this session and the next Congress, probably ending the slim hopes for any bipartisan accords on issues such as immigration.

  • Obama administration's destructive war on media

    June 9, 2014

    Few presidential candidates enjoyed better press than Barack Obama in 2008. He reciprocated by promising unprecedented "openness in government" and a new era of transparency.

  • Mississippi runoff would be Democrats' big break

    June 4, 2014

    Democrats think they may have a gift, the next Todd Akin, which would enhance their prospects of retaining control of the Senate.

  • Carson may find politics is job for politicians

    June 2, 2014

    Ben Carson is following in the footsteps of Walter Cronkite and Lee Iacocca as a nonpolitician being publicly mentioned as a candidate for the most political of jobs, the U.S. presidency.

  • Triumphant Geithner omits cost of rescue success

    May 19, 2014

    Tim Geithner's valuable career as a civil servant culminated in four high-powered years as Treasury secretary. His recent book about those experiences captures the traumas and tensions of the financial crisis.

  • Benghazi investigation may backfire on Republicans

    May 12, 2014

    With political indicators and historical cycles in their favor, Republicans are pushing the envelope to further energize their base with a full assault on the head of the opposition.

  • Senate Democrats' prospects brighten in South

    May 6, 2014

    Democrats are cautiously optimistic they can hang on to the Senate this year. Surprisingly, this bright forecast is fueled by a sense they'll do better than expected in close contests in the Republican-dominated, Barack Obama-hating South.

  • Voter suppression is the greater racist outrage

    May 5, 2014

    The widespread condemnation of the vile prejudice expressed by a professional basketball team owner and a Nevada rancher underscored the progress America has made on race.

  • Obama's fading dream of a foreign policy legacy

    April 28, 2014

    President Barack Obama envisioned building a foreign-policy legacy in his second term: a nuclear deal with sanction-strapped Iran, an end to U.S. involvement in conflicts overseas, and a successful pivot to Asia, including a trans-Pacific trade pact.

  • Obama not getting through with good news about health care

    April 22, 2014

    Here's a bit of good news for nervous Democrats: President Barack Obama's health care law isn't going to be the albatross many feared it would be in this year's congressional elections. Enrollment has soared, and the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the program will cost less than initially projected and that premiums will rise only slightly this year.

  • Chairmen's term limits make Congress work better

    April 7, 2014

    Two of the most skilled Republican members of the House of Representatives announced their retirement over the past 10 days. Their departure is unfortunate, but the hand-wringing over term limits for committee chairmen is misplaced.

  • Cruz, Paul compete for fractured conservatives

    March 24, 2014

    Two newcomers, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, are the hottest figures in the dominant conservative wing of the Republican Party. In markedly different ways, they both claim to be the heirs to the party's contemporary patron saint, Ronald Reagan.

  • Geraldine Ferraro's lasting legacy

    March 17, 2014

    On Friday, the Showtime cable-television channel will air "Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way," a documentary about her 1984 race for vice president. Although she was defeated, it was a seminal moment in politics that was validated by the subsequent extraordinary leap in the number of female officeholders.

  • Commissioner relishes battle to revive besieged IRS

    March 10, 2014

    In today's bitterly polarized environment, the Internal Revenue Service has become even more of a whipping boy for politicians as it struggles with deep budget cuts and accusations of incompetence and, some say, illegal actions.

  • Hillary Clinton's possible run blocks would-be Democratic contenders

    March 3, 2014

    If Hillary Clinton doesn't run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 — and there's one chance in five of that — the party could have a nervous breakdown.

  • McDonough defies skeptics in tough White House post

    February 10, 2014

    As a Wall Street Journal columnist, I once wrote a mea culpa about a previous column. The publisher, a good friend and strong conservative, suggested it should be the first of a long series.

  • 'Wacko Birds' cloud Republicans' election euphoria

    February 3, 2014

    Some Republicans envisioned a successful rope-a-dope strategy for this year's elections: Don't make mistakes, and let the Democrats stew in the juices of Obamacare and a strapped middle class.

  • Hillary Clinton's non-campaign needs someone to take charge

    January 13, 2014

    The hottest story in U.S. politics last week, at least before the implosion of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, was an article in Politico detailing Hillary Clinton's shadow 2016 presidential campaign.

  • Democrats, Republicans both wrong on Obamacare

    January 9, 2014

    Top Republicans privately recognize that repeatedly trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act is no longer a winning strategy. For Democrats, there is the risk that new problems will emerge within a program that still lacks strong leadership. They may also find that history doesn't support their calculation that the health-care law will redound to their political advantage as more benefits kick in.

  • 'American Hustle' is better than the real story of Abscam

    January 2, 2014

    "American Hustle," which may be the best two hours you'll spend at the movies, sets the stage with its opening: "Some of this actually happened."

  • Football needs to save itself

    December 30, 2013

    The U.S., polarized politically and splintered socially, is about to experience one of its few widely shared moments: the professional football playoffs.

  • Congress makes history for the wrong reasons

    December 16, 2013

    This congressional session is historic: It's the least productive, most unpopular in memory, and makes the 80th Congress, famously labeled "do nothing" by President Harry Truman, appear prolific.

  • A value-added tax plan both sides could embrace

    December 2, 2013

    Here's some holiday cheer: 120 million American families no longer have to file income tax returns; the top individual rate is lowered by 20 percent; the top corporate rate is cut by more than half; the government gets the same amount of revenue; and the tax system is slightly more progressive.

  • What we learned from Virginia, New Jersey votes

    November 11, 2013

    The takeaways from last week's elections are about a man and a state.

  • Tea party dead? Let's not be too hasty

    November 7, 2013

    The myths are already settling in from this week's elections.

  • Sen. Ted Cruz emerges emboldened from Republican debacle

    October 22, 2013

    In the aftermath of the U.S. government shutdown and a close call with default, there is a political consensus among Democrats, many Republicans, establishment conservatives, business leaders and the inside-the-Beltway commentariat: Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and tea party members in the House have done grievous harm to themselves and their brand.

  • Glitchy rollout doesn't mean Obamacare is doomed

    October 14, 2013

    The drama surrounding the government shutdown and potential debt default almost obscured the rollout of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Both champions and critics of the measure should be grateful.

  • Republican insurgents defy first rules of politics

    October 7, 2013

    "I am not a member of any organized political party," the humorist Will Rogers said. "I am a Democrat."

  • Shutdown or no shutdown, Ted Cruz wins

    September 30, 2013

    Whether or not the government shuts down tonight, there will be one big political winner: Ted Cruz.

  • Sen. Flake's conservative quest to find Senate comity

    September 23, 2013

    Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona likes President Barack Obama, voted to give him the authority to strike Syria, supported the comprehensive immigration legislation favored by the White House, and works comfortably with members of the opposing party.

  • Obama's Syria meanderings border on incompetence

    September 16, 2013

    President Barack Obama risks getting stuck with a rap as toxic as an unpopular war or a troubled economy: incompetence.

  • North Carolina takes perilous lurch to the right

    August 19, 2013

    North Carolina is channeling Alabama and South Carolina when it comes to the best economic, social and political model for a U.S. Southern state.

  • Unpopular Republicans see gains in '14 elections

    August 12, 2013

    As hundreds of lawmakers fan out to their home districts this month, there is a genuine political conundrum.

  • Obama, Republicans gird for new debt-chicken round

    August 5, 2013

    Democrats and Republicans, bracing for a game of chicken over a possible government shutdown and a debt-ceiling default, should rewatch the 1955 movie, "Rebel Without a Cause," starring the American icon James Dean.

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