Daniel Marcin wants to be in Congress. The University of Michigan graduate student, though, has set his eyes on a tough target: John Dingell. Dingell is the longest-serving member of the U.S. House and was elected to office when Dwight Eisenhower was president.
Blue Dog Democrats numbered more than 50 in the 111th Congress. Now, there are just 24 remaining and of those, five have indicated they won't run for re-election. On the right, moderate Republicans are fewer in number as well. One former Blue Dog says redistricting and party politics are to blame.
President Barack Obama is trying to tackle high gas prices by targeting what he says is oil price inflation caused by speculators and market manipulators. Republican are calling it a political gimmick, oil experts say the reason for high prices is high global demand.
Mitt Romney has some of the highest negative ratings of any presidential candidate in recent history. As he begins to turn toward a general election contest with Barack Obama, Romney will have to improve on that image.
Reports out of Pakistan say that Lord Nazir Ahmed offered a substantial cash reward for the capture of President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush. Ahmed has denied the allegations but the Labour Department has suspended him pending an investigation.
China is at a crossroads. The economic engine that has allowed its political leaders unprecedented peace and prosperity in the Communist nation, is slowing and the leaders there recognize that changes will be need to continue growing. But that's proving difficult, and coming at the same time the nation attempts a power transition and deals with a political scandal.
Syria on Thursday was relatively calm -- perhaps for the first time in more than a year. Both Syrian government soldiers and opposition forces seemed to be adhering, for the most part, to a U.N.-backed cease fire. But elements of the cease fire are yet to be implemented.
Gu Kailai, the wife of powerful Chinese political leader Bo Xilai, was charged in connection with the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood, who was believed to have died in his hotel room in Chongqing. Bo was an up-and-coming political leader in China who has fallen from grace in the wake of a scandal amidst a leadership transition in the country.
Hugo Chavez has been president of Venezuela for 12 years -- and he remains popular. But the outspoken leader of the South American country is facing the toughest challenge of his electoral career from Henrique Capriles, and it comes at a time when Chavez is battling cancer.
President Nicolas Sarkozy is hitting the streets this week as the start of formal campaigning has kicked off. His challengers, including Francois Hollande, Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Melonchon are hoping to make the economy issue number one, while Sarkozy is hoping it's anything but.