The White House's nominee for director of the Environmental Protection Agency is tied up in politics, so the Obama administration is pushing back. It recently released a report that says economic benefits from the EPA's regulations vastly outweigh the costs it imposes.
The reality of unlawful immigration over the past decade or more has been families separated between the United States and the home country. For many Mexican families, the prospect of immigration reform in the U.S. brings to possibility of a much delayed family reunion.
For several days, Paul Kevin Curtis was the prime suspect in the investigation into the mailing of letters contaminated with ricin poisoning to the president and Capitol Hill. But now, James Everett Dutschke has come under suspicion, though he too, pleads his innocence.
President Barack Obama is still trying to get his second-term cabinet nominees in place. A number of those still to be confirmed focus on the environment, including Energy Secretary nominee Ernest Moniz and EPA administrator nominee Gina McCarthy. Moniz and McCarthy both recently had confirmation hearings.
Republicans in the U.S. Senate this week have indicated they'll allow votes on two bills — one that would reform the country's immigration system and another that would provide for background checks in all commercial gun sales. Whether they'll pass, though, remains to be seen.
President Barack Obama nominated Sri Srinivasin to be the newest judge on the Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals. Srinivasin, should he be confirmed, and all of the rest of the D.C. judges play an outsized role in the country's environmental policy.
Filipinos make us the second largest group of immigrants to the United States. Many came after serving in the U.S. military during World War II. But because there are so many, getting visas to bring adult family members to the United States can be nearly impossible -- with the wait for most stretching a dozen years or more.
Gun reform has been a hot topic since the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, but political movement has been slow. But the costs continue to mount. One recent Huffington Post report documented just how much those literal costs hurt our economy.
A bill to keep the government operating through the end of September contained an unrelated provision that protects genetically modified food. While some say it's unconstitutional, a provision of the bill prohibits the courts from pulling an unsafe genetically modified product from the market.
Congress is considering legislation to change how the U.S. military handles criminal charges relating to sexual assault, in the wake of a spate of sexual assault cases from Lackland Air Force Base. Critics of the military say part of its problems come from how sexual assault cases are charged, but recent Congressional attention could help promote change.