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What happens when a nation with a "bootstrap" self-image settles into a state of uncertainty?
The dollars are flowing into both parties' campaign committees. Here's why it might not matter.
Entering a presidential race is effectively a nine-year commitment: one year to run, another eight if she runs for reelection and wins.
Nancy Pelosi's campaign committee is flush, even though she's unlikely to become speaker again next year. But it's Senate Democrats who need the most help.
There's not a lot happening in Washington, and what little is possible is already being done. No wonder people are looking ahead.
I was a bit clueless. But living and working among gay people helped me, like others, understand.
Democrats and Republicans are ready for November, but it's not clear that either of their story lines will resonate across the spectrum.
Improving employment figures may not be enough to dispel people's legitimate worries that they are falling behind.
If Republicans don't flub the coming fiscal debates like they did in the fall, voters will focus squarely on the health care rollout.
Don't expect many members of Congress to lose their seats next year, despite Congress's 9 percent approval rating.