Rev. Frank Schaefer, who was defrocked after he presided over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and vowed to perform other gay marriages if asked, can return to the pulpit, said a United Methodist Church appeals panel on Tuesday.
Palin: 'Nerd prom' denigrates the White House Correspondent's dinner, where President Obama joked Saturday. Sara Palin wasn't invited, and according to The Atlantic, she wasn't the first to label the event a 'nerd prom.'
Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, expected to become majority leader in January, says Republican candidate Bill Cassidy, who faces Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in a runoff next month, will promote energy jobs in Louisiana.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry deleted what was described as an "unauthorized tweet" from his verified Twitter account. The tweet posted an unflattering mock image of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.
President Obama will dine Tuesday with four people who wrote letters to him: A man who thanked Obama for a student loan, a single mother, a teacher in a GED program, and a woman who is active in her neighborhood association.
Chinese soldiers from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) cover themselves in snow during cold endurance training in Heihe in northeast China's Heilongjiang province. The training is designed to improve the soldiers' ability to complete tasks under extreme weather conditions.
Rubio reaches for water: Marco Rubio took some ribbing after a short water break during the GOP response to the State of the Union address. Rubio reaches millions later, when he joins the Twitterfest with a tweet of his own. Updated: 11:30 a.m.
The text of the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address (including water break), as prepared for delivery by Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, and provided by the press office of the speaker of the House:
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said President Barack Obama hasn't been firm enough in his response to the attack in Libya and the growing unrest in the Middle East. Romney said it seemed the US was at the mercy of world events.
The latest surveys of likely voters show President Barack Obama pulling ahead. But Republicans and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney may have an opportunity to cast doubt on Obama's foreign policy as unrest rises in the Middle East.