The U.S. Senate voted to renew a law designed to combat domestic abuse Thursday after Republicans stepped back from what was becoming a politically risky fight over some of the expansions they oppose .
A group of 36 senators from both parties came together Thursday to pledge support for a comprehensive deficit reduction plan, urging the special congressional committee working on the issue to "go big."
Differing partisan perspectives were on display Thursday as a special congressional committee set up under last month's debt-ceiling agreement held its first meeting to begin forging a long-term deficit reduction plan.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Tuesday that he would appoint Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Max Baucus of Montana and Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts to the congressional "super committee," charged with crafting a plan to cut the country's deficit.
House Republicans are holding hearings this week on legislation to restrict federal support for abortion, a move that has little support in the Democratic-controlled Senate or White House, but is of enormous importance to the GOP's socially conservative base.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin remembers sitting down for a meeting at the White House with the rest of the Democratic leadership a month ago, when President Obama promised he was blowing up his schedule to try to help keep control of Congress.
She went to Congress 18 years ago as a self-described soccer mom and senator in tennis shoes. Now, Patty Murray is running for her political life. Her fate in deep blue Washington state could tip the balance of power in Washington, D.C.
With only 13 days remaining before Election Day 2010 and early voting already happening in several states, the midterm marathon is now a sprint as Democrats work frantically to establish a beachhead to protect their congressional majorities while Republicans hope voter anger over the economy propels them into power.
President Obama embarks Wednesday on his longest campaign swing of the midterm election season, with top adviser David Axelrod saying that "nobody has as big a megaphone as the president" and that he plans to use it aggressively to lay out the stakes for November 2.
Residents in Seattle, Washington, were shaken Tuesday afternoon by what sounded like explosions after two F-15s were dispatched in response to a report of a small plane that entered restricted airspace where President Barack Obama was campaigning for Sen. Patty Murray.
Amtrak would lose its federal subsidies if it doesn't put a system in place by early next year to check and track firearms so that passengers can legally put the weapons in their checked baggage, the Senate voted Wednesday.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance.
Returning from a tense day in Sea Island, Georgia, where his call for a stronger NATO role in Iraq was met with reservations, and facing troubling new poll numbers, President Bush today plans to visit briefly with Nancy Reagan and her family then view Ronald Reagan's casket in the Capitol Rotunda at 7 p.m. ET.