Margaret Carlson

10/16/2014 - 1:25pm

    Florida used to be known for oranges. Now it's known for political theater, mostly of the tragic sort.

    In 2000, we spent weeks watching election officials hold up punch-card chad and butterfly ballots to determine who won the White House....

09/04/2014 - 1:24pm

    It was all going so well for Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- until the indictment. His efforts to move past a disastrous 2012 presidential run that had become a reliable punch line for a senior moment seemed to be working.

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08/28/2014 - 3:00pm

    Bob McDonnell arrived Monday at the federal courthouse in Richmond, a few blocks from the mansion he once occupied as Virginia governor, to finally present his defense on charges of corruption. Shorn of the security detail and large staff he once enjoyed,...

08/19/2014 - 12:45am

    For most people, summer is a treasured time to cool your heels in a cottage by a lake or in a hammock in the backyard. It's not so simple for politicians. For them, deciding when and where to vacation can be perilous. Repair to a beach on the East Coast and you're an out-of-touch elitist; stay away too...

08/10/2014 - 7:07pm

    Romance, designer gowns, lavish parties, fast cars, private jets and lakeside mansions.

    The federal trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and his first lady on corruption charges features all that and more. If you're headed to the beach, the transcript...

08/07/2014 - 3:26pm

    Fresh from helping save Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi from a tea party upstart, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is on the verge of endorsing an embattled Senate Democrat. According to the New York Times's Joe Nocera, national political director Rob Engstrom told the heads of the chamber's regional groups...

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