President Obama's latest round of job-bolstering proposals boasts something for everyone: corporate tax breaks for conservatives and spending on roads and railways for liberals. Yet he's having a hard time getting everyone on board.
President Obama took his message for Wall Street reforms to America's heartland for a second day on Wednesday as Senate Democrats failed for a third time to win a vote on starting public debate on the matter.
Citing a "deficit of trust" in government by the American people, President Obama's first State of the Union address urged Congress to erode the influence of special interests and work together to confront the nation's most pressing problems.
Left to their own devices, lawmakers won't successfully deal with the country's spiraling debt situation. That's the opinion of some key members agitating for a special commission to force the hand of Congress.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who rose from the housing projects of the Bronx to the top of the legal profession, made history Thursday when the Senate confirmed her to become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.
President Obama signed a memorandum Monday requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider an application by California to set more stringent auto emissions and fuel efficiency standards than required by federal law.
The House of Representatives handily passed a bill Wednesday night that would provide up to $14 billion in bridge loans to automakers, but Republican opposition cast doubt about the bill's fate in the Senate later this week.
Auto industry executives were back on Capitol Hill Wednesday to ask for a federal bailout but they once again faced an uphill battle in winning the necessary support from Congress for a $25 billion loan package.
With the prospects of an auto bailout this week all but dead, Democratic leaders said Thursday that Congress would return in December to consider extending a $25 billion lifeline for troubled U.S. automakers if the companies devise a "viable" recovery plan.
Heated debate over John Bolton -- President Bush's choice for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations -- spilled over onto the Senate floor Wednesday, with a key Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee saying it would be a mistake to appoint Bolton to such an important position.
In a blow to the White House, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Thursday to send the nomination of John R. Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to the full Senate without a recommendation.
President Bush urged senators Thursday to "put aside politics" and confirm John Bolton as the country's new U.N. ambassador, calling him "the right man at the right time for this important assignment."