What had been brewing as a low-level skirmish for more than a year became a full-on political brawl, further feeding the perception that politics trump policy, when a House committee voted along party lines to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress.
Voting on strictly partisan lines, a House committee recommended Wednesday that Attorney General Eric Holder be cited for contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents relating to the botched Fast and Furious weapons sting operation.
David Gergen and Nick Kristof discuss what's at stake for the U.S. in dealing with the Chinese activist asking for help.
Gov. Chris Christie campaigns for Gov. Scott Walker, cracking jokes and reminding crowds of liberal budget deficits.
When voters in Wisconsin decide whether to recall Gov. Scott Walker next month, they'll also be shaping the dialogue going into the fall.
David Gergen describes the White House events on the day Reagan was shot. Shooter John Hinckley Jr. is seeking freedom.
CNN contributor David Gergen talks about Mitt Romney's win in the Nevada caucuses.
David Gergen explains why he thinks Mitt Romney's post N.H. primary speech was a preview of his convention speech.
What did Herman Cain know, and when did he know it?
A report in The Washington Post says one of Herman Cain's accusers is ready to go public and tell her side of the story.
John Kerry got Swift-boated. Jimmy Carter had his re-election chances decimated in the Iranian desert. Then there was Michael Dukakis and that tank photo.
When you have flown through a heavy storm, the plane tossing one way and another, have you ever wondered whether there was really anyone in the cockpit? That's the feeling that many Americans have today -- as if we are lurching through an economic storm with no one in charge.
David Gergen talks to CNN's John King following the House passage of the debt ceiling bill.
Tucked away here at a family reunion among rolling hills, one can easily drift into another, more pleasant world, but the old realities keep intruding. Time and again, English relatives have gingerly but worriedly asked, "What is to become of America after this debt struggle?"
If Bill Safire were still with us and writing a column about the debt follies in Washington, he might well begin by asking readers: Which of the following outcomes is most likely in the days ahead?
With a debt-ceiling crisis building in Washington, the administration on Tuesday opened another window into President Obama's thinking about the best ways to bring resolution.
CNN's Tom foreman takes a look at the implications of a government default.
It's hard to remember a simmering crisis when America's political leaders have painted themselves into so many corners, but that's where we are as we face a potential default on our national debt. As leaders return to bargaining Monday afternoon, they had better find their way out soon, or we will pay a fearful price.
Gloria Borger and David Gergen say President Obama's tone at Wednesday's news conference will hurt debt ceiling talks.
CNN's David Gergen, Gloria Borger and Peter Bergen weigh in on the president's plan to pull troops out of Afghanistan.
The first big Republican debate ended with two clear winners in the race for the nomination: Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann. And there was one other candidate who helped himself: Newt Gingrich.
When a young GOP Congressman stripped off his shirt, took his picture and e-mailed it to a woman, he did more than end his career -- he set off a political ripple that probably ends prospects for resolving the nation's growing debt crisis before next year's elections.
In the president's speech on Thursday, there were two surprises that could shape its impact for a long time to come.
President Obama says U.S. drives a rift between the U.S. and Arab world and calls for policy change in the region.
In a moment of silence, President Obama lays a wreath at Ground Zero in honor of lives lost on September 11, 2001.
When President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial on Thursday, he had hoped to be joined by former President George W. Bush. But in declining this invitation, Bush has left some observers puzzled, while others were supportive of his decision.
CNN's Nic Robertson visits Osama bin Laden's neighborhood, just down the street from Pakistan's top military academy.
Once again, our country seems to be mired in a tired, frustrating conversation about President Obama's citizenship. Seems like we've been down this road before.
Now that the "commentariat" has had its say about President Barack Obama's speech Monday night on Libya, chewing over every phrase, the decisive American verdict about his address rests not in television studios but in homes across the country.
President Obama promises to focus his State of the Union tonight on one of the most important domestic questions we have faced in years. Whether he will succeed in moving the nation forward will depend not only on his own leadership but on the willingness of others -- the left, the right and the media -- to put the country first.
Until we have more definitive information about the shooter, pointing fingers at who might bear responsibility for the Tucson, Arizona, massacre only contributes to what we must end in America: a toxic political environment.
CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen says President Obama likes "coming in and scoring at the last minute."
Opening The New York Times on Friday morning, I blinked. The headline on its lead story, spread over two columns, blared out, "Obama's Economic View Is Rejected on World Stage."
Americans are waking up to smell the coffee. Turns out it's tea.
Editor's note: There are 25 days to go before voters cast ballots in the hotly contested midterm elections. In this special feature, CNN's political contributors share their quick thoughts on what's making news.
Like Dr. Evil learned in the Austin Powers movies, a billion dollars isn't quite what it used to be.
World leaders gather to discuss, among other things, global financial reform, but is the $1 billion price tag worth it?
As Dr. Evil learned in the Austin Powers movies, $1 billion isn't quite what it used to be.
Enough is enough! After the latest failure by BP to plug the gaping hole, it is time for President Obama to take full command of this growing national catastrophe. Immediately!
CNN's Carol Costello takes a tour of Grand Isle, Louisiana, to see how effective BP's clean-up efforts have been.
Coming back this weekend after a stay in Europe, I had that distinct sensation -- last felt when Lehman Brothers capsized, setting off the Great Recession -- that we once again find ourselves at the mercy of events and people just beyond our control.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is frustrated with the delay of cleanup efforts by government permits.
A contentious special election to fill late Sen. Ted Kennedy's Senate seat could have an effect on the cause he championed -- health care.
The House and Senate will soon begin negotiating a final bill on health care reform. CNN's Brianna Keilar has a preview.
In the days since a botched attempt to blow up a passenger plane, President Obama has faced criticism that he was too cool, too weak and too late in his response to the near-tragedy.
Criticism intensifies that President Obama is not tough enough fighting terrorism.
Arguments over the massive overhaul of the health care system -- which congressional Democrats hope to pass by next month -- are expected to keep shaking up the country long after the vote.
Anderson asks his panel if the Obama administration has an enemies list, similar to the one from the Nixon administration.
An administration official fuels controversy for links to 9/11 conspiracy theories. CNN's Mary Snow reports.
As one so-called White House czar resigned over the weekend, President Obama announced the appointment of another one Monday, much to the frustration of Republican critics.
Join Anderson Cooper, Ali Velshi and the CNN Money Team for the next "CNN Money Summit: Money & Main St." on Thursday, September 17 on CNN.
As President Obama steps up his push for health care reform, there is a growing effort to stop it, and rising doubts about how Obama is handling the issue.
President Obama says the government has to help more American families afford health care.
You probably have never heard of Robin Beaton, and that's what's wrong with the debate over health care reform.
During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama said that he hoped his administration wouldn't get hung up on matters of race.
The issue of race has entered the debate over the Supreme Court nominee. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
President Obama poked fun at the travails of the Republican Party last weekend, telling the party's chairman that no, the GOP does not qualify for a bailout, and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh does not count as a troubled asset.
CNN's Paul Steinhauser on former Gov. Mitt Romney hitting back at RNC Chairman Michael Steele over his Mormon comments.
Americans don't favor handing billions more dollars to U.S. automakers, polls show. To some, it's another example of government helping Wall Street instead of Main Street, but for others, it's simply bailout burnout.
President Obama lays out his plan for the restructuring of the American automotive industry.
American Morning's Kiran Chetry talks to Michael Eric Dyson about Attorney General Eric Holder's comments.
America is "a nation of cowards" when discussing race. That sentiment from the country's first African-American attorney general, Eric Holder, has stirred up pundits, bloggers and readers.
CNN Personal Finance Editor Gerri Willis has the latest information on foreclosure numbers.
Even before President Obama unveiled his home foreclosure plan Wednesday afternoon, some Republicans and political commentators questioned how exactly it would work to stave off a crisis plaguing the country.
CNN's Kaushal Patel asks economist and professor Peter Morici why he thinks auto makers should go into bankruptcy.
As the United States writhes in a collapsing economy, analysts and observers are wondering: Who's skippering the ship?
Who stays? Who goes? Who will cook the meals? President Bill Clinton's former chief of staff explains.
When it comes to priorities, many polls suggest Americans want President-elect Barack Obama to fix the economy first when he enters the Oval Office in a little more than two months.
Barack Obama, the first African-American to be elected to the White House, will be sworn in on January 20, 2009.
Anderson talks with his panel about what is next for the GOP and the incoming Obama Administration.
With the bailout proposal dominating the campaign trail, Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama must balance sending out a message of a bipartisan solution while trying to gain a political advantage.
While others urge him to attack, the Democratic nominee remains passive. Perhaps because he senses that America still doesn't like it when anger and melanin mix
You knew Barack Obama would deliver a magnificent speech in accepting the Democratic nomination for president. And he did.
Sen. Barack Obama takes swipe at Sen. John McCain's gaffe over how many houses he owns.
John Edwards, who made his marriage a central part of his overall message during the 2008 Democratic primaries -- was dealt a political blow Friday after admitting to having an extramarital affair.
CNN's Rick Sanchez talks with CNN Political Director Mark Preston about the latest in the John Edwards scandal.
CNN's Brian Todd reports on the buzz surrounding Barack Obama's possible VP choices.
The day after Jim Johnson resigned from Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential candidate vetting committee, Sen. John McCain set his sights on Eric Holder, one of the two remaining members of the committee.
CNN's John Roberts picks apart the Tuesday primaries.
Democrats faced the prospect of at least six more weeks of tough campaigning after Hillary Clinton's Tuesday night wins in Tuesday's primaries in Ohio and Texas as she escaped a knockout blow by Barack Obama.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer and guests discuss whether Super Tuesday will be decisive and Democratic vice presidential options.
A look at some highlights and political analysis from CNN's coverage of the Super Tuesday results.
Super Tuesday positioned Sen. John McCain as the clear Republican front-runner, while a split decision in the Democratic race may eventually help Sen. Barack Obama, according to CNN's political analysts.
President Bush used his final State of the Union speech to call for a quick shot in the arm for the economy in "a period of uncertainty" and tout last year's progress in the Iraq war.
President Bush used his final State of the Union speech Monday to call for a quick shot in the arm for the economy in "a period of uncertainty" and touted last year's progress in the ongoing war in Iraq.
A close look at testimony from Gen. David Petreaus and Amb. Ryan Crocker. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.
Monday's testimony from the top U.S. general in Iraq and the ambassador to Iraq may give Republicans the boost they need to stand strong behind President Bush's policies, analysts said.
President Bush drew parallels between the aftermath of the Vietnam War and the potential costs of pulling out of Iraq in a speech Wednesday.
Bush: Iraq not another Vietnam
A top White House aide from past administrations speculates that some of the facts in the CIA leak case may never come to light, even with the conclusion of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's perjury trial.
President Bush will attempt to revive his presidency with an "upbeat" State of the Union address that stresses kitchen-table issues such as energy and health care, according to his spokesman.
Critics of the U.S. war in Iraq have condemned President George W. Bush for attempting to link the insurgency there with the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.
President Bush opened his second term Thursday with a promise to the people of the United States and the world -- vowing to promote democracy both at home and abroad.
Posted: 11:42 p.m. ET From Thom Patterson, CNN.com
The Bush-Cheney re-election campaign on Thursday defended its use of footage of the wreckage of the World Trade Center in political ads, amid criticism from some of the families of September 11, 2001, victims.
Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who won worldwide acclaim for his handling of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that devastated his city, said Thursday that using images from that day in campaign ads for President Bush is both "appropriate" and "relevant."
The president of the nation's largest teachers' union Tuesday blasted Education Secretary Rod Paige for calling his group a "terrorist organization."