Success of the 9/11 commission means lawmakers often punt toughest investigations to independent bodies – despite some internal resistance.
The president-elect’s influence is altering both policy directions and the partisan tone in Congress.
To the delight of many environmental groups across the country, California Democrat Henry Waxman has ousted fellow Democrat John Dingell of Michigan from his post as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Barack Obama delivered a brief video message Wednesday to the Governors' Global Climate Summit in Beverly Hills, Calif., in which he unequivocally affirmed the scientific basis of climate change and vowed to take action on cutting carbon emissions, in spite of the troubled global economy.
Some long-time committee heads are replaced in order to advance Obama’s agenda.
Healthcare cuts in California and New York could affect thousands.
Speculation can add $70 to the price of a barrel of oil, critics charge.