Good showings for female Republican candidate in Tuesday's primaries hold the promise of more women in elected office, reflecting society's faster pace toward gender equity.
It appears as if Democrats will rally enough votes in the House to pass a repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell.' The situation in the Senate is less clear, though the bill seems set to get through committee.
Members of the graduating class of 2010 at the P.A.C.E. Head Start program look to the crowd during a graduation ceremony at Reed Green Coliseum on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi on May 25. Close to 400 graduated from the program that gives children a head start to early education.
President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates wanted to move forward with a repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' more slowly. But Congress is pressing for a vote this week.
Republican Charles Djou won the special election in Hawaii's First Congressional District – the Honolulu district where President Obama grew up. Djou is only the third Republican Hawaii has elected to Congress since statehood.
Negotiations with the House over the final financial reform bill are expected to be more transparent than they were with health-care reform. Exemptions or special deals sought by industry lobbyists are likely to stir intense debate.
Three Republican senators from the Northeast join majority Democrats to advance a financial reform bill to tighten regulation of Wall Street.
Primary election results from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Arkansas give a snapshot view of the state of the electorate.
The Tuesday primaries will be dominated by four key races in three states – Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Arkansas. On election eve, here is the central question to each race.
Republicans are already throwing the words of Elena Kagan back at her. She once called Supreme Court nominee hearings 'vapid.' GOP senators are challenging her to open up.