The nomination of Kelly Ayotte for a US Senate seat from New Hampshire is good news for the Republican Party establishment, given these 'tea party' times.
A new amendment to address citizenship issues would be tough in today’s polarized environment. Some say that legislation related to the 14th Amendment is the answer, but that would be hard, too.
In winning over 38 billionaires to pledging half their wealth to charity, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates also set a better climate in the political debate over ending the Bush tax cuts on the rich.
The Senate has so far failed to pass an estate tax bill, allowing the tax to expire this year. Two new proposals, though, aim to reintroduce the estate tax and could generate billions in revenues.
President Obama is facing Republican opposition and midterm elections in his push to have the US-Russia Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty ratified before year's end.
Conservatives say the lawsuit against Arizona's immigration law is a ploy for Democrats to anchor Latino support. Liberals say the lawsuit is critical to stop a 'Jose Crow' era against Hispanics.
Because Obama has avoided engaging the empathy debate, Republicans tried to use Kagan's mentor and former US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall as a way to taint Kagan's reputation.
Elena Kagan, the Supreme Court nominee, was challenged bluntly by Republicans on the issue of the military's presence at Harvard Law School.
The White House backed Rep. Joe Sestak's opponent in the Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania. The GOP wants to know whether it offered Mr. Sestak a job to drop out of the race.