The Illinois governor's impeachment trial may open Monday without the defendant or his lawyers.
In East Room ceremony, President Obama breaks with his predecessor and signals a move to tougher standards for auto emissions and fuel economy.
U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, who's relatively conservative, is named to take the seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
In three executive orders signed Thursday, he departs sharply from Bush's policies on Guantanamo, CIA prisons, and harsh interrogation tactics.
His first acts – including an order to close Guantánamo Bay – seek to signal change.
On Thursday he named George Mitchell as a special envoy, and he has already signaled that the US will reengage the region.