| May 9, 2012
James R. Browning, the rural Montana native who rose to head the powerful U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and unified its diverse judges in campaigns to enlarge the bench and protect the sprawling circuit from division, has died. He was 93.
| Dec 14, 2011
| 2:08 PM
A new round of polling shows President Obama ahead of the two leading Republican candidates in the 2012 election. But 11 months before the votes are actually cast, how much stock should be put into these findings?
Polling experts say check back in about...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 3:24 PM
While reiterating his determination to run a positive campaign, Newt Gingrich took a veiled swipe at Mitt Romney over an attack ad now airing in Iowa, where voting in the Republican presidential contest is less than three weeks away.
| Dec 19, 2011
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the mercurial strongman who styled himself as a "Dear Leader" while ruling over an impoverished police state, died at 69, according to North Korean state media.
Kim was believed to have suffered from multiple chronic...
| Dec 19, 2011
| 1:50 PM
Is Sarah Palin flirting with the presidential race again? Might Jeb Bush be the GOP's white knight? And shouldn't Democrats give Hillary Rodham Clinton another chance?
'Tis the season. The silly season, that is, at least as far as the race for the...
| Mar 13, 2012
Rushworth M. Kidder, a former Christian Science Monitor columnist who taught and wrote books about ethics, died March 5 of natural causes in Naples, Fla. He was 67.
His death was announced by the Institute for Global Ethics, the Rockport, Maine-based...
| Jul 24, 2012
Cuban activist Oswaldo Paya, who spent decades speaking out against the communist government of Fidel and Raul Castro and became one of the most powerful voices of dissent against their half-century rule, died Sunday in a car crash in Cuba. He was 60....
| Jul 31, 2012
Back in 2004, when James Mann wrote "Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet," he took full advantage of the sarcastic nickname that President George W. Bush's foreign policy advisors gave themselves. It not only captured their...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 11:59 AM
The first Gallup poll of the general election campaign shows Mitt Romney edging out President Obama, a close result that both parties expect will be the case through much of the next seven months.
The former Massachusetts governor, emerging from a...
| Feb 6, 2012
| 1:12 PM
Newt Gingrich waited until the day before Colorado's Republican presidential contest to start campaigning here, and -- as if to make up for lost time -- took the guns-blazing approach upon arrival.
The former House speaker opened a rally here in this...
| Oct 10, 2012
| 1:15 PM
Two recent Times articles have examined the role of religion in the 2012 presidential race.
A Politics Now post addressed who would be the nation's "most religious" president. If Mitt Romney wins the election, would the title go to him? Or would it be...