Thirteen Senate Democrats joined Republicans in rejecting a $245 billion 'doc fix’ to prevent cuts in payments to Medicare doctors. Majority leader Harry Reid said the Senate will address the issue again after health reform.
Virulent meetings over healthcare reform lead some in Congress – especially Democrats – to seek less public ways to engage voters.
Clout of big financial firms remains a concern, senators tell the Treasury secretary, architect of Obama's regulatory overhaul.
They’ve allowed concealed-carry weapons in national parks, considered easing gun restrictions in the District of Columbia, and turned back a campaign pledge on gun-record transparency.
Loose fiscal policy is said to doom democracies to despotism.
But they fall short of the 60 Senate seats needed to overcome filibusters and end gridlock.
A long-time red state is now a tossup due to fast-growing exurbs.
Virginia could be a bellwether in a year that is likely to see a few more battleground states.