States can have more influence on American lives in everything from same sex marriage to medical marijuana because state legislators get along in ways not possible in Washington's political gridlock.
The White House hosted a meeting Tuesday with 14 key senators, many from coal- and oil-producing states, who oppose curbs on carbon emissions. Obama appears to be making a big push to win Senate passage of revamped climate-energy legislation.
Artur Davis, representing Alabama's Seventh Congressional District, will run for governor of Alabama in 2010. Davis's district leans heavily Democratic. According to the Cook Political Report, 'Its boundaries all but ensure that an African-American Democrat will succeed four-term Rep. Artur Davis.'
Vancouver Olympics correspondents Christa Case Bryant and Mark Sappenfield chronicle the Top 12 highlights: including Joannie Rochette's courage, US vs. Canada hockey, and Petra Majdic racing with broken ribs.
BODE THE KID: Alpine skiing aficionado or not, you couldn’t help being impressed by Miller barreling down Whistler Creekside with abandon – just as he did as a tyke on the cold, shady slopes of New Hampshire’s Cannon Mountain. His Neopolitan medal grab here – gold, silver, and bronze – fueled an historic momentum on the US team, which topped its all-time haul of five medals with eight here.
Maryland joins New York as the second state to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, but not perform them.
Twelve senators so far have opted not to run again, the second-highest number of retiring senators in 75 years. Among their frustrations: the Senate's increasingly partisan climate.
Christina Dodd rests her head on the shoulder of her dad, US Sen. Christopher Dodd (D) of Connecticut, after he announced Jan. 6, that he will retire after his current term. Dodd, who served five terms, is chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and made an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 2008.
More at ease with himself than at the 2006 Olympics, US alpine skier Bode Miller put down an impressive slalom run to win gold in the men's combined event Sunday.