Focal points of the 2014 elections

The Hill's A.B. Stoddard talks about the crucial campaign focal points for the 2014 elections and whether the economy will recover in the new year. 

GOP watching the clock on ObamaCare

Objectively, Americans in both parties are furious and frightened. The only question now, besides how long Democrats can wait for the law to work before they run from it, is how long Republicans can criticize it before their panicked constituents ask them to fix it.


ObamaCare crosses deadline for repairs

The Hill's A.B. Stoddard sits down with Pundit's Blog contributors Peter Fenn and John Feehery to discuss the latest challenges facing ObamaCare.

If only Tom Daschle had paid all of his taxes

Daschle is a little guy, but he’s tough, shrewd, and as a former majority leader, he understood power. He knew how to negotiate, and that meant sometimes negotiating with Republicans.


Politics of the possible?

Republican Washington, D.C., insiders have spent the past month wagging their fingers at Tea Party types and telling anyone who will listen that these people just don’t understand realpolitik and the "politics of the possible."


'Best and brightest' coming to fix ObamaCare website? Uh oh.

Several years ago when I was teaching a profile-writing class at the University of Chicago, nearly all of my students look puzzled at my mention of the Pentagon Papers case of 1971.

Granted, it occurred before any of them were born.

I remembered that classroom experience when reading Monday of the urgent posting at the Department of Health and Human Services' website Sunday promising that would get better and that HHS (and presumably the president) are calling on “the best and the brightest” to get to work on quickly fixing the glitches and getting the website running smoothly.

Good luck with that. Monday's New York Times paraphrases “one specialist['s]” conclusion that “…as many as five million lines of software code may need to be rewritten before the Web site runs properly.”