The Senate nears a vote on a bill to help ease the foreclosure crisis, as banking and real estate lobbies successfully resist efforts to let courts adjust terms of mortgages.
Twelve Democratic senators joined a united GOP on Thursday to prevent bankruptcy judges from being allowed to rewrite mortgage terms for homeowners facing foreclosure.
Most are, say US officials. But the NRA says the Obama administration is inflating the scope of the problem and threatens to undermine the Second Amendment.
In recent years, states have barred undocumented students from getting the lower tuition fees.
Even Democrats signal adjustments are likely, given rising projections for budgetary red ink.
The public and political uproar could make what's expected to be a tough reelection fight next year even tougher for the Connecticut Democrat.
Calls grow for him to resign as a perjury probe proceeds.