Insurance companies may be winning the fight in Washington, but California and Vermont are on the cusp of comprehensive reform.
Nearly 40 million Americans were living in poverty last year. The Census Bureau reports a significant rise among children.
The big cats need plenty of space, which can put them in conflict with expanding development in the state.
The opening of a Foreign Ministry office for religion signals a rising awareness of the political clout of the world's faiths.
In his speech Wednesday night, Obama has promised clarity on key issues and will try to regain control of the healthcare debate.
Behind the political squabbling over reform proposals are substantial issues of cost and access to care.