Nearing the end of his first year in office, President Obama and his Democratic Party are taking a beating in polls by NBC News/Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post/ABC.

PawlentyAccusing Democrats in Washington of running "a Ponzi scheme on the Potomac," Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty made his first foray into New Hampshire since he campaigned for the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008, speaking Wednesday night at a fundraiser for Republican state Senate candidates in Concord.

Kai Eide, the Norwegian diplomat who is the UN Special Representative to Afghanistan, has said his former deputy — Peter W. Galbraith, an American — wanted to seek U.S. government support to force Afghan President Hamid Karzai from office, the New York Times reported on December 17.

The Senate Banking Committee convened Thursday morning, December 17, and voted 16-7 to confirm Ben Bernanke for a second four-year term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

It Washington, D.C., it wasn’t the Grinch that stole Christmas, it was Tom Coburn, a physician from Oklahoma and most importantly, a senator opposed to universal government-funded healthcare.