As the holiday season brings a brief break in presidential politics, the final party debates of 2015 have left the voters to ponder how differently the Republican and Democratic candidates' propose to meet the terrorist threat facing the nation.
The recent terrorist attacks abroad and at home have suddenly dominated the 2016 Republican presidential race, putting most of the contestants on a collision course with President Obama. While all concerned vow the objective of "destroying" the Islamic State, the president and the GOP candidates differ fundamentally on approach and timetable.
C-SPAN's "Voters First Forum" lacked Donald Trump but featured Ben Carson, Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul Marco Rubio at St. Anselm's College in New Hampshire.
Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul, who captured national attention last week by helping to scuttle legislation reauthorizing bulk data collection by the National Security Agency, will speak to Baltimore County Republicans next month.
As long as so much money is available, particularly from a relative handful of wealthy fat cats and special interests, and ambitious politicians and their well-paid hired guns stand ready to spend it, the election marathon is likely to endure — starting ever earlier each four years.
The number of people receiving disability insurance from the Social Security Administration declined last year for the first time since 1983, a reduction that comes as Congress is wrestling with a deadline to fund the program or risk cutting benefits to millions.
Former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and potential Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is under fire for passages included in a 2012 book that appear to be lifted from an anti-socialism website and other sources.
As a former prisoner of war who experienced torture, John McCain has more standing than any of his Senate colleagues when it comes to rendering judgment about the CIA's Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" program.
Ever since George W. Bush in 2002 began driving up public frenzy for his invasion of Iraq on trumped-up justifications a year later, Congress' constitutional role to declare war has continued to be cold-shouldered.
Two U.S. senators are trying to introduce one form of the European right to be forgotten stateside in their new Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment (R.E.D.E.E.M.) Act, a bill that would effectively expunge federal non-violent criminal records by sealing them from view of employment background checks.