Francois Hollande will be the next president of France, the winner of a run-off election on Sunday between himself and Nicholas Sarkozy. Hollande, a Socialist, has promised to rollback, or at least modify, the austerity measures championed by his predecessor.
John Dingell has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1955. Recently Daniel Marcin, a Ph.D. student, announced that he will attempt to stop Dingell's incumbency short of 30 terms. Dingell, however, is not ready to give up his seat in Congress.
The struggle to pay back student loans has become the latest election year showdown. Both Republicans and Democrats are vowing to prevent interest rates from doubling in July, but they clash over where the money to pay for that change should come from.
This just may be a "perfect storm," in terms of the number of high-profile, contentious cases set to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court this year, in the months before the U.S. presidential election. With immigration, affirmative action, and, of course, the healthcare law, the Supreme Court will be front-and-center on important campaign issues.
Daniel Marcin wants to be in Congress. The University of Michigan graduate student, though, has set his eyes on a tough target: John Dingell. Dingell is the longest-serving member of the U.S. House and was elected to office when Dwight Eisenhower was president.
A trial started Monday with federal officials saying John Edwards broke campaign finance laws when he received nearly $1 million in donations that he says were meant to support the woman with whom he'd had an affair and who was having his child. Federal officials say the amount to a campaign donation.
Nicholas Sarkosy has a tough battle in front of him if he wants to remain in office when the second, runoff round of the presidential elections happens on May 6. His challenger, Francois Hollande, has promised to reverse some of the austerity measures championed by Sarkozy.
Blue Dog Democrats numbered more than 50 in the 111th Congress. Now, there are just 24 remaining and of those, five have indicated they won't run for re-election. On the right, moderate Republicans are fewer in number as well. One former Blue Dog says redistricting and party politics are to blame.
Mitt Romney has some of the highest negative ratings of any presidential candidate in recent history. As he begins to turn toward a general election contest with Barack Obama, Romney will have to improve on that image.
The days of public radio and television being a refuge from political ads may be over, at least for public broadcasters on the U.S. west coast. A court ruling there will allow public broadcasters to begin accepting political ads immediately.