Dogged by persistent unemployment, US-born jobless swell ranks of immigrant day laborers.
Economists see some optimism in the unemployment rate as well as in other employment data. But overall, jobs are still being lost.
President Obama sings 'Happy Birthday' to the first lady after greeting inaugural brunch guests in the Blue Room of the White House on Jan. 17, 2013.
Questions and answers about the Supreme Court's ruling on campaign finance and how it will change America's elections.
Does Warren Beatty deserve a spot in the pantheon of Hollywood greats?
The conservative investigative journalist who broke the ACORN story, James O'Keefe, was arrested Monday, allegedly for tampering with Sen. Mary Landrieu's phones. It could set back the movement he championed.
How to battle Al Qaeda-affiliated extremists in Yemen has been added to a London conference on Afghanistan. The Fort Hood shooting and Christmas Day airline bombing attempt have made Yemen's extremists a more urgent problem for the US and its antiterror allies.
A vote to raise the national debt ceiling is always tough, because it casts the majority party as a reckless spender. But Congress must confront the issue, probably Jan. 20, upon lawmakers' return from recess. If the ceiling is not raised, the government will likely run out of funds in February.
Four formerly developing countries took the reins during climate talks in Copenhagen: China, India, Brazil, and South Africa. It could herald a redistribution of global clout, some experts say.
Some specialists are calling for an overhaul of the UN global warming process, which yielded only modest progress in Copenhagen.