With the sequestration budget cuts coming quickly, there are countless examples of how the budget cuts will have real world consequences. The National Park Service, advocates say, will be forced to greatly reduce operations to cope with mandated cuts.
Israel has been a hot topic of discussion recently at the U.S. Senate has considered Chuck Hagel's nomination for defense secretary. All of that attention, though, has some Israelis more than a little uncomfortable.
President Barack Obama called for an increase in minimum wage in his State of the Union address -- increasing it from $7.25 to about $9. increasing minimum pay is often controversial, and business owners and economists are hoping to find middle ground.
There are thousands, perhaps millions of immigrants waiting in line, legally, to become U.S. citizens. Politicians agree that those who may be put on a path to legalization by immigration reform should wind up "behind" those already in line. What that means, though, is ill-defined. And if the line doesn't speed up, folks may die in line.
Immigration reform is a top priority for Republicans and Democrats in the current political term. Both agree that something needs to be done. Farmers and agricultural industry types hope that their agreement includes fixing the guest worker program. But some immigrant activists say that's not such a good idea.
Switzerland is often held up by gun rights advocates as a model of what the United States could be with the right gun laws. But many in Switzerland say, not so fast. They point to already tightened restrictions and a, crucially, a healthcare safety net that lets fewer people go witout treatment.
Comprehensive immigration reform is the word of the week. Senators have a plan, the president has a plan and activists have more plans than they know what to do with. But if history is any judge, these plans for comprehensive reform will have a tough road ahead of them.
In his inaugural address on Monday, President Barack Obama spoke of America's need for renewable energy. But with Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman's recent approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Obama is faced with a new front in the ongoing energy debate.
After the attacks on Benghazi, members of the U.S. Congress demanded Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appear before them to answer questions about how the deadly attacks happened. In testimony Wednesday, Clinton took responsibility, but said she wants to move forward to prevent future attacks.
President Barack Obama intends to address climate change, gay rights, immigration reform and a whole host of other issues in his second term. He laid them out in a 20-minute inaugural address that surprised many -- and delighted many of his fellow Democrats.