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  • Is former Massachusetts Sen. Scott P. Brown planning to run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire? Looks like it. The Granite State Republican Party has asked him to be the host at its Christmas party. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, currently holds the seat. (Associated Press)

    Inside the Beltway: Americans think U.S. global prestige is fading, Pew poll shows

    It's complicated: The public is weary of the U.S. role as the world's policeman, but it also frets about the nation's declining prestige on the global stage and disapproves of both President Obama's foreign policy practices and any attempts at nation building overseas. Yet Americans approve of aggressive participation in the world economy and favor drones in the military arsenal.


  • President Barack Obama hugs Monica Weeks, who benefited from the Affordable Care Act by remaining on her parents health care plan while getting treatment for Crohn's disease, after she introduced him to speak about the new health care law, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The President argued that his health law is preventing insurance discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions and is allowing young people to stay on their parents' coverage until age 26. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Obama weak on foreign policy, national security: poll

    The majority of Americans believe President Obama is too weak on foreign policy and national security issues, and they fear that U.S. global power and prestige are in decline, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.


  • KELLNER: If humor defines Jewishness, 'Unscrolled' fits the bill

    The release this week of a major new survey of Jewish Americans by the Pew Research Center revealed several intriguing points, but the one that caught my eye was that 42 percent of those polled assert that having a good sense of humor is essential to their Jewish identity.


  • Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, is facing a moment of truth in his fight to defund Obamacare, according to many media outlets. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

    Inside the Beltway: Cruz crucible

    The press has proclaimed that it's the moment of truth for Sen. Ted Cruz — the day of reckoning, the week that will make or break his career. Or words to that effect. Journalists have pulled out the handy dramatic narrative that places the Texas Republican in a high stakes trial by fire as he seeks to defund the Affordable Care Act, while keeping the federal government open for business.


  • Inside the Beltway: Apres-Priebus

    Alas, the Grand Old Party needs grand old changing. So says Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who is convinced the weary GOP needs a fancy new identity, as outlined in the "Growth and Opportunity Project" study released with much ado Monday.


  • Inside the Beltway: Republicans grit their teeth

    A certain dread has descended upon members of the Grand Old Party, who must now bear witness to a grand old party that is not theirs to celebrate.


  • Report: Social media talk focuses on gun control

    A report shows that the school shooting in Connecticut has led to more discussion about gun policy on social media than previous rampages.


  • Inside the Beltway: United we’re not

    The past four years have taken a serious toll on the "united" part of the United States: "Currently, 80 percent view the country as more politically divided — the highest percentage ever in a Pew Research Center survey," Pew researchers report.


  • After President Obama officially pardons the Thanksgiving turkey next week, a job awaits the lucky gobbler as "spokesbird" for Wild Turkey, the bourbon distillery. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Inside the Beltway: Staying conservative

    Though the mainstream media and certain elected officials are advising the Republican Party to gut itself and re-emerge as a spiffy, contemporary, compliant, agreeable and infinitely more charming new political entity, the majority of Republican voters essentially reject that idea. They're at home with the Grand Old Party as it is.


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