The special election Tuesday to fill the House seat vacated by shooting victim Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is overshadowed by the memory of the tragedy, but the Republican has tried to make it about Obama's policies.
Measure 3, a North Dakota ballot initiative set for Tuesday, would demand that the government have a 'compelling interest' before it puts a 'burden' on people following religious beliefs. Critics call it an answer to a nonexistent problem.
The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal arguing the US government violated the constitutional rights of citizen José Padilla by detaining and subjecting him to harsh interrogation as an enemy combatant suspected of having links to Al Qaeda.
House Republicans want to extend the Bush tax cuts sooner rather than later. Sen. Max Baucus, Senate Finance Committee chief, said Monday the tax code is a 'hydra' – and that lawmakers should lay groundwork and trust before tackling it.
Voters are deciding in Tuesday's special election whether Republican Jesse Kelly, who narrowly lost to Giffordsin 2010, or Democrat Ron Barber, a former Giffords aide asked by the lawmaker to pursue the seat, will complete the remainder of her term.