Most Democrats oppose the war in Afghanistan. Amid talk of a longer US presence there, Obama runs the risk of alienating his base. A damaging primary challenge from the left is not unthinkable.
Midnight screenings bring home $24 million for 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1,' as costumed and spell-chanting fans throng movie theaters across the country.
Ahmed Ghailani's acquittal on 284 of 285 counts revives criticism of the Obama administration's policy to try terror cases in civilian courts. White House hails the single conviction as a victory.
The driver of a van that crashed into LaRoe's restaurant sits at a booth (l.) looking at his van in Grand Rapids, Ohio. According to Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn, the van and another vehicle were involved in a traffic crash along Front Street near the restaurant. The van driver, an 84-year-old man from Paulding County, subsequently drove into the restaurant. No injuries were reported.
Nancy Pelosi wins her bid to remain leader of the House Democrats, as leadership on both sides of the aisle remains largely the same – despite Election 2010's mandate for change.
More private companies are screening out smokers during the hiring process, citing a need to cut health-care costs. It's generally legal, but critics say it's intrusive and unfair.
Starting this Monday, the Senate welcomes 16 fresh faces to the Capitol’s marbled halls. While they won’t be sworn into office until January, these newly-elected members – three Democrats and 13 Republicans – come to Washington to tour the buildings, learn rules of decorum, and meet with their future coworkers. The new Senators come largely from open seats where both parties had a new candidate on the ticket and include a handful of tea partyers.
When people are passionate about the place they live, the local economy blossoms, according to a Gallup survey of 26 US cities.