After months of legal and political wrangling, the Obama administration on Wednesday rejected TransCanada's application to build the Keystone XL pipeline through the United States. Republican immediately criticized the decision.
Taiwan chose their next president in elections across the country today. Ma Ying-jeou, the incumbent, swept into power four years ago with a broad mandate, but his support waned in recent months.
After William Daley tendered his resignation, President Barack Obama moved to put his budget director in place as the next White House Chief of Staff. The transition will take place at the end of the month.
Under existing U.S. rules, undocumented immigrants must first exit the United States before applying for permanent resident status — even if they're married to a U.S. citizen or their parent is a U.S. citizen. The Obama administration is trying to change that.
More positive economic news on Friday as the Department of Labor announced that unemployment had reached its lowest level in three years and the economy had added 200,000 jobs.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday named Richard Cordray as the first head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He also named three people to the National Labor Relations Board. He used the constitutionally allowed recess appointment system, though Republicans say the Senate wasn't actually in recess.
In an appearance at the Pentagon, President Barack Obama outlined his policy on national defense and how he would decrease the size of and spending on he military.
Environmentalists swiped at the EPA for not doing enough to protect the environment and curb pollution, while conservatives say the agency is destroying American jobs. But they're poised to reveal some big decisions in 2012.
In the face of mounting political pressure, fading conservative support and building public rage, House Republicans have agreed to a temporary extension of unemployment benefits and the payroll tax cuts.
Some conservatives seem to be losing patience with House Republicans who are refusing to take up the bipartisan compromise reached by the Senate. But House Speaker John Boehner is asking for Senate negotiators to work with him to try and find a solution.