The battle to overhaul health care intensified Monday, with President Obama accusing GOP critics of putting politics ahead of policy and a top Republican saying Democrats' plans would undermine the country's economic future.
Several hours before President Barack Obama gave his well-received speech at the NAACP centennial convention in New York City, he spoke before another probing audience of African-Americans aboard Air Force One.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele declared Tuesday that Republicans will no longer talk about their mistakes; instead they will focus on the future and serve as the loyal opposition party to President Obama and the congressional Democratic majority.
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.
Reaction on Tuesday to Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's switch from the Republican to the Democratic Party ranged from barely concealed glee to dismay among Senate colleagues and elites from both parties.
After firing the CEO of General Motors and putting Chrysler on a path that could lead to bankruptcy, the still-popular President Obama moved from the domestic battlefield to the international one. But the subject is the same, with no relief in sight: the woeful world economy.
As Republicans wrangle over the ideological direction of the party, a new generation of conservatives is reaching out to GOP activists and honing the use of a 21st century megaphone to promote Republican policy goals through new media networking tools.
As Democrats cast conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh as the de facto leader of the GOP, Republicans are decrying what they see as an orchestrated scheme designed to divert attention from the Democrats' spending proposals.
Republicans took the first step toward rebuilding on Friday after suffering demoralizing losses in November that left them with little power and acknowledging that much needs to be done to restore the GOP to its former glory.
Members of the Republican National Committee elected their first African-American party chief Friday, choosing former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele to chair the organization after six tumultuous rounds of voting.
The campaign to determine who will lead the Republican party into the era of Barack Obama took a series of unexpected turns Wednesday, beginning with the removal of non-party members from a highly-anticipated "special meeting" of the Republican National Committee.
Both parties kept a close eye on the results from Tuesday's primaries, to see how the balance of power in Congress might play out in November's general election. In one of the most closely watched races, Rhode Island Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee turned back a tough primary challenge from a conservative contender.