The US president's approval rating in Europe is 86 percent, even as he faces assaults from the right at home. But can he use that to advance his policy goals?
Democrats dominate in Massachusetts, but a small GOP field, possibly including Andrew Card from the Bush administration, will try for the seat.
Fellow Republicans – including the lieutenant governor, the House speaker, and most lawmakers – have called for his resignation. He'll speak later Thursday.
The president at last laid out his own plan Wednesday night, leaving room for compromise. But high marks for delivery are no guarantee legislation will clear Congress.
He points to new poverty rates indicating that the number of Americans without health insurance is growing.
For GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the takeaway is that the president and the Democrats are poised to move without them.
But lawmakers – including most fellow Republicans – are ready to give the scandal-tainted South Carolina governor the boot if he doesn't resign.
A temporary replacement for Kennedy's Senate seat would let Democrats maintain their crucial 60 votes in the Senate. But state Republicans oppose the move.