The NAACP hopes to apply international pressure to states with strict new voter ID laws.
In Obamaland, the 3 a.m. phone call has become the 3 a.m. e-mail. In their own way, both speak to a crisis mentality and a groping for security. The contexts couldn’t be more different, but the anxiety—real and imagined—is no less genuine.To review, the 3 a.m. phone call was in a TV ad Hillary Rodham Clinton ran against Obama in the heat of the Texas and Ohio primaries in 2008. It asked voters to ponder the fate of America if Barack Obama were president and a national crisis struck in the middle of the night.
It was Super Tuesday all right, but super for whom? Mitt Romney, who won the most states (including Ohio) and the most delegates? Rick Santorum, who carried three contests and remains the primary conservative alternative to Romney? Plus: Olympia Snowe's retirement in Maine may not necessarily be good news for the Democrats. And two House incumbents lose in the Buckeye State.
Kansas is the first state with a Republican presidential contest after this week's mixed results in Super Tuesday races. Mitt Romney is coming off a big win in the important swing state of Ohio. But Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are hoping they can pull off a victory in Saturday'ss caucuses to give their campaigns more momentum.
Alabama and Mississippi are holding Republican primaries on Tuesday. The contests are vitally important for the candidacies of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney arrived in Mississippi last night for a rally, and he has a pair of events in Mississippi and Alabama today.
The 56-42 vote came after President Obama called Democratic senators to lobby them to oppose the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from western Canada. Republicans wanted to sidestep Obama's rejection of the pipeline and allow the project to go forward.
Support for Rick Santorum's presidential campaign has been driven by his conservative stances on social issues. But when it comes to economic matters, his record is more mixed. Some conservatives say that on issues like government spending and trade he has sometimes betrayed free-market principles.
At a Thursday hearing, lawmakers said the federal government isn't doing enough to prevent fraud in the food stamp benefit program. The hearing comes after a recent news investigation found that numerous retailers who illegally deal in food stamps were allowed to stay in the program.
The House overwhelmingly passed a package of bills pushed by Republican leaders that were designed to make it easier for businesses to raise money to expand. President Obama supports the proposal, but Congressional Democrats have seemed on the outs in the cooperation between the White House and GOP.
In Ohio, Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo won the Democratic primary against Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland after the state's 9th Congressional District was redraw. Now she's turning her sights on the Republican primary winner Samuel Wurzelbacher, who's known as Joe the Plumber.
Now that Super Tuesday is over, Mitt Romney's campaign is bracing for some tough states ahead. Kansas, Alabama and Mississippi are places where Romney may not do well. Until now, his aides focused mostly on Romney's electability against President Obama. Now they're making the case that nobody else can even get through the nominating process.
The superPAC spent nearly $6 million on largely negative ads last week, and still the candidate won Ohio's crucial primary by less than 1 percent. Experts can't measure the effectiveness of superPAC advertising. But some believe it is discouraging voters from going to the polls.
Mitt Romney's losses on Tuesday in Georgia, Tennessee and Oklahoma (despite wins in Ohio and elsewhere) compound a problem he has had all year — an inability to appeal to Southern voters. With Alabama and Mississippi holding the next primaries, the region could cause him further aggravation.