The House Energy and Commerce Committee has a Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives that has held only two hearings since it was created a year ago. Its meetings are marked by walkouts and little substantive discussion. Many House members, including some Republicans, hope it will expire by year-end...
For Hillary Clinton, Pennsylvania is a fail-safe state. If she wins there, Donald Trump's path to electoral victory becomes much harder. Her debate performance on Monday night brightened what Democrats believe were already good odds.
The U.S. is still fighting a war in Afghanistan and has troops in Iraq, the Iranian nuclear deal remains controversial, the Islamic State is weakened but continues to be threatening, North Korea is launching missiles, Russia flaunts international norms and China has expansionary designs.
There is talk among Republicans, and some trepidation among Democrats, that Donald Trump could benefit from a silent vote. Although these voters aren't captured by polls, the privacy of a voting booth or a mail-in ballot will allow them to vent their anger and resentments.
Half a century ago, a Republican rode his party's divisions to a presidential nomination by defying its establishment and empowering a populist base. Sen. Barry Goldwater dismayed Republican liberals who thought him extreme and some conservatives who foresaw his landslide defeat.