As the National Tea Party Convention concluded this weekend, it's clear that the Tea Partiers are propelled by two competing claims -- a principled commitment to fiscal conservatism and a serious case of Obama Derangement Syndrome.
Seven members of the Mexican military were found inside the United States on Friday, telling border agents they had become disoriented while on patrol and accidentally crossed into the country, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said.
Some big names entered the Republican race hoping to extend the party's time in the White House, but it was the durability of Sen. John McCain of Arizona that made him the presumptive Republican nominee.
Maybe it was the midday start time. Maybe it was the holiday season. But Wednesday's Republican presidential debate lacked the brutal street-fighting tone that has characterized previous meetings, as well as the past few days on the trail in Iowa.
Sen. John McCain defended his support of a controversial immigration reform bill from criticism by other Republican presidential hopefuls Tuesday night as the GOP contenders held their first debate in New Hampshire.
What kind of challenge does immigration reform pose for President Bush? Everybody favors better border security. The issue is what to do about the millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States.