North Carolina's Republican House could have put the gay-marriage ban on the November ballot, when it might have boosted the vote for President Obama's Republican challenger. Instead, the House scheduled it for May.
Reports that the US Justice Department is moving ahead with a potential indictment against John Edwards underscore how much his political ascent was dashed on the rocks by an affair, a love child, and, allegedly, a $1 million payoff.
Erskine Bowles is co-chairman of the presidential deficit commission, which votes Friday on US fiscal plan. As president of the University of North Carolina system, he's no stranger to budget-cutting. He's had to trim more than $550 million and 1,000 jobs.
Journalists like Juan Williams, fired Wednesday, are laboring under increasing demands to share their personality and opinion while at the same time abiding by traditional ethics rules.
A poll shows him at 6 percent among blacks, a key bloc.