Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, was expected to have a difficult 2012 re-election campaign according to the political experts who handicap such things.University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato has her listed as "very vulnerable."
House Republicans, Senate Democrats and the White House appear to agree on two things at least: the federal government shouldn't be shut down and funding the government via stopgap spending bills is no way to run a government.Aside from that, they don't agree on much else.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper caused a stir Thursday during an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee when he described China and Russia as "mortal threats" to the U.S.His remarks, coming in response to a question from Sen.
The pay and benefits of federal workers came under attack on Capitol Hill Wednesday as House Republicans claimed during a hearing titled "Are Federal Workers Underpaid?" that federal workers were far too well paid compared with their private sector workers.But those assertions were contradicted by a
Signs abound of the pressures on Speaker John Boehner and other House Republicans to show real results on spending cuts.An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found, for instance, that those voters focused on spending cuts are the voters who matter most to Republicans — their base.As a writer for MSNBC's F