Albert R. Hunt

08/28/2014 - 2:57pm

    Republicans have grown even more confident about the midterm elections, convinced that the economy - where the actual data look good, though public perception remains sour - is moving in their favor.

    Republican strategists say a series of...

03/13/2014 - 12:07am

    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.

    That makes the tax-collection...

03/06/2014 - 2:37am

    Any suspicion that the political right, after suffering a defeat on the debt ceiling and facing threats from business donors, is losing its clout can be dismissed by the fight over the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

    The treaty...

02/13/2014 - 4:50pm

    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.

    That take-no-risks approach is unraveling. Congressional...

01/30/2014 - 10:00am

    When President George W. Bush was considering candidates to be chairman of the Federal Reserve in the autumn of 2005, the rap on Ben Bernanke, a brilliant economist, was that he had never faced a crisis, might be too soft for a challenge and wasn't politically astute.

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01/16/2014 - 5:06am

    Even with no real scandal and only one demonstrable policy blunder, the health-care rollout, President Barack Obama had a miserable 2013 as his public standing plummeted. History suggests it is tough for a second- term president to rebound. Here are five ways Obama could defy those odds.

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