Frank James http://wfpl.org en Health Law's 4th Birthday Divides Democrats, Unites GOP On Message http://wfpl.org/post/health-laws-4th-birthday-divides-democrats-unites-gop-message With the fourth anniversary of President Obama's signing of the Affordable Care Act this weekend, if you were a Democrat boasting about the health law, you were more than likely a party official or lawmaker with a seat so safe you could publicly celebrate the occasion.<p>Like Rep. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:04:32 +0000 Frank James 8947 at http://wfpl.org Health Law's 4th Birthday Divides Democrats, Unites GOP On Message 5 Things We Learned From The President's Speech http://wfpl.org/post/5-things-we-learned-presidents-speech Much of what was in President Obama's<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/01/28/267901424/transcript-obamas-state-of-the-union-address-as-prepared-for-delivery" target="_blank"> fifth State of the Union address</a> was expected — it was signaled for days leading into the speech. Even so, there were a few revealing moments.<p>Here are five that stood out:<p><ul><p><li>President Obama knows how to get even Republicans on their feet and applauding populist Democratic talking points like concerns about rising income inequality and declining social mobility. What's his secret? Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:55:01 +0000 Frank James 8396 at http://wfpl.org 5 Things We Learned From The President's Speech 5 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address http://wfpl.org/post/5-things-expect-obamas-state-union-address As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union speech Tuesday evening, he does it against a backdrop of some of the <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/Gallup-Daily-Obama-Job-Approval.aspx">lowest voter-approval ratings</a> of his presidency, with a divided Congress that has largely stalled his second-term agenda and with Washington's collective focus starting to shift toward the midterm elections and beyond.<p>Here are five things to expect from the president in his fifth State of the Union speech:<p><strong><strong>Income inequality --</strong></strong> Obama has made t Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:22:07 +0000 Frank James 8383 at http://wfpl.org 5 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address 5 Achievements Of The 113th Congress (So Far) http://wfpl.org/post/5-achievements-113th-congress-so-far The 113th Congress, which just ended its first year, has come to be defined more by what it hasn't done than what it has. With two warring and ideologically polarized parties controlling either end of Capitol Hill, Congress has more or less become a quagmire for policy.<p>Still, one of the least productive Congresses of the modern era was able to accomplish a few things in 2013. Here are five of them:<p><strong>1. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:18:08 +0000 Frank James 8045 at http://wfpl.org 5 Achievements Of The 113th Congress (So Far) Newtown Anniversary Marked By Gun Control Stalemate http://wfpl.org/post/newtown-anniversary-marked-gun-control-stalemate In the wrenching days and weeks after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, many on both sides of the gun control debate thought that horror had so shifted the political winds that stricter federal gun laws would surely result.<p>That, of course, didn't happen.<p>On the surface, it may look like the gun lobby ultimately won the political battles that mattered in the past year. After all, Congress failed to pass tougher gun laws. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:39:17 +0000 Frank James 7898 at http://wfpl.org Newtown Anniversary Marked By Gun Control Stalemate For Biden, All The World's A Stage For Possible 2016 Run http://wfpl.org/post/biden-all-worlds-stage-possible-2016-run Vice President Biden hasn't announced his 2016 presidential plans. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:26:44 +0000 Frank James 7803 at http://wfpl.org For Biden, All The World's A Stage For Possible 2016 Run Presidential Apologies: Regrets, They Have A Few http://wfpl.org/post/presidential-apologies-regrets-they-have-few Now that President Obama has apologized to those who've seen their health care plans canceled due to the Affordable Care Act, losses he pledged beforehand wouldn't happen, he joins the line of modern presidents who have had to look the American people in the eye and give their regrets.<p>Actually, Obama didn't so much look Americans in the eye as much as he did NBC News interviewer Chuck Todd. Predictably, the president's apology was rated unsatisfactory to many of his and Obamacare's critics. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:04:28 +0000 Frank James 7487 at http://wfpl.org Presidential Apologies: Regrets, They Have A Few Democrat Terry McAuliffe Wins Virginia Governor's Race http://wfpl.org/post/democrat-terry-mcauliffe-wins-virginia-governors-race Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the hotly contested Virginia governor's race, defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who was supported by the Tea Party.<p>The race turned out to be far closer than polls heading into Election Day indicated. That suggested that voter turnout may have failed to reach the levels Democrats had hoped to achieve and that the Affordable Care Act may have hurt the Democratic effort.<p>McAuliffe, a 56-year-old entrepreneur and former Democratic National Committee chair, prevailed in a contest that was particularly negative. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:56:39 +0000 Frank James 7455 at http://wfpl.org Democrat Terry McAuliffe Wins Virginia Governor's Race Bill De Blasio Wins New York City Mayoral Election http://wfpl.org/post/bill-de-blasio-wins-new-york-city-mayoral-election Democrat Bill de Blasio won the New York City mayor's race, defeating Republican Joseph Lhota. He became the first Democrat to win the office since 1989.<p>The Associated Press declared de Blasio the winner about 45 minutes after the city's polls closed at 9 pm ET. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:56:29 +0000 Frank James 7454 at http://wfpl.org Bill De Blasio Wins New York City Mayoral Election Gov. Chris Christie Wins Re-Election In N.J. http://wfpl.org/post/gov-chris-christie-wins-re-election-nj New Jersey Gov. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:56:04 +0000 Frank James 7453 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Chris Christie Wins Re-Election In N.J.