USAID has been without an administrator since Obama took office. Rajiv Shah could bring innovative thinking to USAID, but he probably will not have the gravitas to make USAID more of a force in Washington.
For John Allen Muhammad, the convicted DC sniper, execution is scheduled for Tuesday night. He was tried in Virginia, which is known for hearing appeals rapidly.
This Veterans Day – like all days – military veterans are twice as likely to be homeless as non-vets. New efforts by the Obama administration and Congress would provide immediate help while treating the causes of homelessness among vets.
Obama's words at the Fort Hood memorial service Tuesday paid tribute to the 13 people killed last week. He highlighted the challenges this generation of soldiers faces in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Many workers choose to work if they don't have paid sick leave. Now, partly because of swine flu, 15 states are considering laws to make paid sick leave mandatory.
California voters are unhappy with the state government but in no mood to approve reforms that would improve its performance, a new poll finds.
Two major left-leaning activist groups are threatening to work against Democrats who vote against a public option or for abortion restrictions in healthcare reform legislation.
Anita Dunn, the White House communications director who escalated a war with Fox News, is stepping down at the end of this month. Veteran political operative Dan Pfeiffer will take over.
Russia signals that it is open to tougher sanctions on Iran, which has failed to respond to an international uranium deal. But rogue scientists in Russia may be continuing to help Iran pursue a nuclear program.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Obama at the White House Monday night, but a restart to Middle East peace talks appears further off now than it did when Obama took office.
After two hours of arguments Monday, Supreme Court justices seem split on whether states can mete out life sentences to juveniles who aren't killers.
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to block John Allen Muhammad's execution, scheduled for Tuesday in a Virginia prison.
Four men said to be masterminds of a sophisticated hacking ring from Eastern Europe were indicted for a heist last November. The men hacked into a bank card system and transferred $9.4 million to conspirators in 280 cities worldwide.
Investigators said Monday that they had been tracking Nidal Malik Hasan's correspondence with someone abroad since last year. Reports suggest that person is radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. But its unclear whether investigators told the Army.
A longer school day can help improve student test scores, closing the achievement gap. But critics question the cost of those additional hours.
Some of the most dangerous places for pedestrians, according to a new report, are cities in the South – in areas that built streets mainly for automobiles. Not surprisingly, the safest cities have many miles of bike lanes or sidewalks.
Ties surface between chief suspect in the Fort Hood rampage and a jihadist cleric in Yemen, giving impetus to arguments that the tragedy was a terrorist act.
The report card aims to highlight the sorts of innovations in education – such as an extended school day – that lead to better schools.
Prosecutors say Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon stole more than $1,000 of gift cards to buy a PlayStation2, among other things. Jury selection began Monday, and the jury's racial composition could determine who wins the case.
To make healthcare reform work, insurers need to bring 20-somethings into the system. But the House and Senate differ on how much to penalize people who refuse to buy health insurance.