President Obama delivers his 2012 Federal budget proposal today, and already debate is in full swing. Stan Collender, budget expert and writer for the Capital Gains and Games blog, helps us understand what to expect.
Russian President Vladimir Putin made a rare effort at communicating with the American people through the New York TImes. In an op-ed, he confronted President Barack Obama's decision-making regarding U.S. intervention in Syria and called for the U.S. to hold back any strikes.
It's come down to Obamacare. For Republicans, delaying its implementation is important enough to shutdown the government if they don't get it. For Democrats, keeping it in place is enough to shutdown the government. Both sides have until midnight, eastern, tonight to modify their tune or the government shuts down.
The situation on the southern border is serious, with thousands of child migrants streaming across the border each month. Republicans and Democrats are blaming each other for the problem — but they're also signaling they might be willing to make a deal.
Some Americans blame President Obama for the flood of Central American children who have crossed into the US this year. They believe his policy sends a message of leniency that is attracting them. But a reporter who just returned from Guatemala and El Salvador says most are simply fleeing violence, and don't have any clue about US policy.
Some Republicans are so incensed about President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration that they're calling it illegal. It's easy to find similar disagreement over the use of presidential powers in other political systems around the world.
Drivers are happy about the collapse in oil prices, but with federal highway funds also tanking, even Republicans are considering raising the gas tax to make sure road construction can continue. But calling the gas tax a "user fee" may not help push changes past conservatives in Congress.
Even the Israeli prime minister's usual supporters — and much of the Israeli public — question Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to address Congress on March 3 without an invitation from President Obama. The address, at the request of House Speaker John Boehner, comes two weeks before Israeli elections. Is Bibi being savvy, or playing the pawn?