Obama is tapping Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio to run Housing and Urban Development and HUD Secretary Donovan as budget director. The choices show the president's goals of diversity and management skill for top administrators.
In Texas and Mississippi, where a senator's bedridden wife is in the news, questions about candidate age are cropping up. Young challengers say 'it's time for new blood,' but everyone knows what they mean. And sometimes they say it out loud: Age matters.
Ben Sasse, winner of the GOP Senate primary in Nebraska, has heavyweight backing from tea party groups – and he gives the insurgent wing an important victory. But he talks more like a uniter than a member of a rebel cause.
Whoever wins the Republican Senate primary in Nebraska on Tuesday is likely to win in November, and the national tea party establishment wants that seat. But the campaign has been nasty, and a third candidate is surging.
Mitt Romney is the third GOP presidential candidate from 2012 to call for a higher minimum wage in recent days. But Republicans in Congress have opposed a Democratic effort to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016.
North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) turned back a tea party challenger Tuesday in the state's GOP primary for US Senate. Republicans hope to pick up that seat in November, on the way to winning Senate control.
The White House rejects a GOP report saying only two-thirds of the 8 million enrollees have paid their Obamacare premiums. Final numbers are not in, but administration officials point to insurer estimates that 80 to 90 percent have paid.
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's suggestion that blacks were better off as slaves sets back the GOP's efforts to improve its image among minorities. Some top Republicans had backed Bundy in his land dispute.