President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, are spending the majority of their time in a handful of battleground states -- states where the polls say the two are so close that another rally or two could provide enough swing to move a state, and possibly the election, from one candidate to another.
Presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney has been out of step with his Republican colleagues, in calling the individual mandate in the federal healthcare law a penalty, and not a tax. Or his staff has, at least. Wednesday night, Romney moved to bridge the divide and eliminate any differences with Republican leaders.
The Supreme Court struck down three of four provisions in the controversial Arizona immigration law Monday in a 5-3 decision. But what it left was what Arizona State Rep. John Kavanagh called the law's "heart and soul."
A Michigan lawmaker ignited a firestorm when she told the Speaker of the House that "no means no" when discussing a bill that would have impacted women's reproductive rights. She lost her right to speak on the floor, but not everywhere. In protest of her treatment, women gathered last week to perform The Vagina Monologues.
As the global economic crisis has consumed more and more time and attention, focus on the global warming crisis has waned. So it wasn't surprising when President Barack Obama chose not to attend the Rio+20 conference this week in Brazil, and it also was unsurprising when there was little progress reported there.
In Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney reached out to Latino voters in an effort to win over their support, especially in crucial swing states. Romney, for the first time, signaled his willingness to confer legal status on illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age and earn a college degree.
Mitt Romney will have the chance to loosen President Barack Obama's grip on Hispanic voters this week at a conference of Latino policymakers in Orlando. It's a difficult task complicated by Obama's announcement last week that his administration would stop deporting many young illegal immigrants.
The multi-billion dollar transportation bill has run into deadlock and there's no off-ramp in sight. That has America's construction companies, which depend on transportation spending for a large part of their business, watching, reading tea leaves and lobbying heavily for the House and Senate to get their act together and get something passed. Soon.
The Fast and Furious operation, led by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Arizona, has been a political controversy for months. But things got much more heated Wednesday when President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege for not handing the documents over, while Congress moved to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.
Egypt is once more facing a political crisis. Its parliament was dissolved and its military rulers have assumed more power for themselves. But a democratically elected president should be named by Thursday. It's expected to be Mohamed Morsi, but how much power he'll have remains to be seen.