Republicans want to privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage giants at the heart of the financial meltdown. But bad news on house prices has them delaying grand plans.
When Election 2010 came and went, we thought the highest-profile losers – most of them Republican tea partyers – might fade quietly into oblivion. Not this group, for the most part. At least one is writing a book, a couple are launching political action committees, and one is already running for office again. One is under federal investigation, and another still isn’t completely finished contesting the 2010 race.
President Obama is grateful that quarterback Michael Vick got a second chance after serving jail time for running a dog-fighting business. But commentator Tucker Carlson – a vehement animal-rights activist – said Vick 'should have been executed' for killing dogs.
The “who said what” buzz came in full force this election year through campaign ads, public appearances, and even tweets. But who are the politicians that shocked and zinged the most? Here’s a roundup of the year’s most memorable political quotes.
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he is disgusted by the 'birther' claims that President Obama was not born in the state. He's vowing to change state law in order to prove Obama right.
The Obama administration is set to expand options for 'end of life' counseling for Medicare recipients. The White House says it's practical. Sarah Palin says it's akin to 'death panels.'
Joe Miller says he is withdrawing his objection to the certification of Lisa Murkowski so that Alaska can have its full delegation seated next month.
Obama and his senior staff are hard at work on the size and shape of his White House team as they prepare for the 2012 elections. He hopes to spend more time outside of Washington.
Obama vacation activities often include reading, and his book list apparently includes one on GOP icon Ronald Reagan. If nothing else, the book could offer valuable lessons on leadership style.
The EPA set out a timetable Thursday for curbing the emissions of greenhouse gases from power plants and refineries. But Republicans have signaled their steady opposition, and a battle looms.
President Obama joined his family in Hawaii late Wednesday, anticipating an 11-day vacation. Forget tax-cut deals and nuclear weapons treaties. The Obama vacation is all about shave ice.
This year's political events included Republicans regaining control of the House of Representatives in a decisive mid-term election, sweeping health care reform, and dueling DC rallies by cable-TV hosts Glenn Beck and Jon Stewart. How closely did you follow it all? Take our 2010 quiz.
The outgoing 111th Congress is among the most productive in history, in spite of its reputation for gridlock and 13 percent approval rating. Democrats controlled the House and the Senate, and used their large majorities to push through landmark legislation with barely any GOP support. The post-election lame-duck session – typically a mopping-up operation to get out of town – also made history, passing key pieces of legislation, often with greater input from Republicans than had earlier been the case. People can argue the merits of what Congress did, but it’s hard to quibble with the scope of the undertaking. Here are six of this Congress’s major accomplishments, in the order in which they were approved.
The bulk of the money will go to the first responders who worked on and after Sept. 11, 2001, at ground zero. President Obama has said he will sign the legislation.
At a press conference Wednesday, President Obama cites 'season of progress' brought about by less partisanship and more cooperation between Democrats and Republicans during the lame-duck Congress.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has created a stir by discussing the role of the white Citizens Council in a magazine interview. The episode shows the challenges for Southern politicians on the national stage.
Obama on Wednesday signed the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' for gays in the military. On Capitol Hill, Republicans are grumbling about all the unanticipated activity of the lame-duck Congress.
Passage of the spending bill, which goes to Obama for signing, averts a midnight government shutdown. It also leaves the bitter fight over spending to the next Congress.
The US added some 27 million residents in the past decade. But that population growth is small, percentage-wise – 9.7 percent. Only during the Great Depression decade was the growth rate lower.