Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) of Nevada meets with the media after the Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 7. Mr. Reid was raised agnostic and converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while he was a college student.
In an 11th-hour maneuver, Speaker Boehner derails an antiwar measure that would have required Obama to withdraw US forces from NATO's Libya mission within 15 days.
The US is now waging a troop-heavy counterinsurgency to win Afghan hearts and minds. But the bin Laden raid has boosted critics, who say the Afghanistan war should involve smaller forces and a greater reliance on targeted strikes.
On Capitol Hill, the Libya intervention has elicited antiwar voices from opposite ends of the political spectrum. Their point in common: The power to make war resides with Congress.
The House of Representatives voted recently to eliminate all funding for the US Institute of Peace, which plays a vital role in mediating international conflicts that no other group can. So what's behind this jaw-dropping, backward step?
Despite gun control efforts in Congress in the wake of the Arizona shooting, it's unlikely that America will see more gun control laws. In fact, the opposite may happen, at least in Arizona.
President Obama says the proposed federal pay freeze would save the federal government $2 billion in fiscal year 2011. The federal deficit is expected to be about $1.3 trillion.
Linda McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment who presented herself as a shrewd businesswoman, was beaten for the US Senate seat by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
Stephen Colbert is slated to appear Friday, in character, before a congressional subcommittee. His (and the subcommittee's) topic? 'Protecting America's Harvest.' No kidding
Meanwhile, Congress is now likely to add sexual orientation to federal hate crimes law, and President Obama will address a major gay-rights organization Saturday night.