Top Democrats in the Senate and House back Obama's commitment to help enforce the no-fly zone over Libya, and accept his assurances the US role as mission leader would be brief.
The Arizona Legislature is considering an array of bills that would ease state gun control. The bills have generated controversy, since they were crafted only weeks after the Jan. 8 mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six and wounded US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others. Among the gun-related bills working their way through the Republican-controlled legislature:
Five years into a legislative surge, state illegal immigration laws have yielded few arrests. But they have stirred a populist backlash, say immigrant rights groups.
While President Obama predicts US forces could disengage from Libya within the week, Senate hawks who pressed for military intervention watch closely to see that the mission's goals are fulfilled. Critics, including conservatives, say they are leading the nation into endless, costly wars. Here’s how the hawks respond – and what they say should happen next.
A new poll suggests California voters approve of the job that Gov. Jerry Brown is doing by a 2-to-1 margin – albeit with many undecided. Their view of the Legislature is poor.
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signs a law that requires a woman seeking an abortion to wait three days and to visit an anti-abortion counseling center. Critics say it is unconstitutional, proponens say it is common sense.
Cherry blossom festival goers in Washington eye March 26 as the start of the event this year. The Japanese trees are said to inspire calm, but they have a dramatic story.
On Capitol Hill, the Libya intervention has elicited antiwar voices from opposite ends of the political spectrum. Their point in common: The power to make war resides with Congress.
In Indiana, Democratic state legislators are balking at the Republicans' entire agenda – not just a single bill, as was the case in Wisconsin. That has made compromise difficult.
Senior men in the Obama administration argued against a no-fly zone in Libya. But several prominent women, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Ambassador Susan Rice, pushed for military action.
Christopher served as Secretary of State during Bill Clinton's first term and was an architect of the 1995 Bosnian peace accords.
The business community was instrumental in defeating an Arizona birthright-citizenship bill and passing a Utah guest-worker program, suggesting it could be a key force on immigration reform.
A county judge temporarily blocks the Wisconsin collective-bargaining law, pending further inquiry into whether the law was passed in accordance with the Legislature's rules.
Two local officials are challenging whether Senate Republicans broke legislative rules when they passed a bill that strips most state workers of collective bargaining.
The Senate votes to fund the federal government through April 8. But the stalemate over 2011 spending remains, and no one wants to pass another short-term stopgap. Is the stage now set for a government shutdown next month?
The GOP-led House, determined to trim spending and emboldened by NPR's recent black eyes, voted Thursday to end NPR's federal funding. Under the bill, no public radio stations could use taxpayer dollars to buy NPR programs.
Obama, in a Rose Garden appearance, says radiation reaching US soil is not expected to be harmful. He says all is being done to help US citizens in Japan, and calls for a review of US nuclear plant safety.
After Obama announced his 'bracket' choices on live TV, he drew fire from Republicans for not focusing more on world crises and the deficit. Was his ESPN appearance a bit of March Madness?
The House is poised to vote to strip NPR of federal funds. Public radio has had a rough six months, but it nearly closed for good in 1983.
Ohio is already considering a Wisconsin-like bill to take on labor unions. Now Gov. John Kasich is proposing a budget that could significantly cut union ranks.