From 'tea party' protesters to antiwar advocates, Americans on all sides of the political spectrum seem angry about something. But for all the tumult, the disaffection today is far less than in many periods in the past.
Toyota hearings resumed Tuesday on Capitol Hill, as lawmakers pressed three top officials on what the company knew and when they knew it. In Japan, there's a suspicion the recalls are about rolling back the carmaker's market share.
Democrats seem increasingly determined to go it alone on healthcare reform. But that means the House must find more 'yes' votes - even if it costs some representatives their seats.
A US judge granted German homeschoolers asylum in January after ruling they faced persecution in Germany, where the practice is punishable with fines or imprisonment. The US Home School Legal Defense Association says other German families are exploring political asylum in the US.
John Shadegg, representing Arizona's 3rd congressional district, will retire in 2010. Shadegg's district has leaned Republican by 9 percentage points in the previous two presidential elections. The Cook Political Report rates this a 'Likely Republican' district.
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.'
Party leaders may have settled on a healthcare reform strategy: muscle through legislation with only Democratic votes. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will face defections.
Voters in at least three states will decide whether to enshrine a right to hunt in constitutions. Critics see the measures as a political 'wedge' issue.
Two environmental groups report that at least 31 cases of coal ash waste contamination in 14 states are not listed by the EPA. Dangerous chemicals include arsenic, selenium, and boron.
Breaking partisan stalemate, 13 Republicans joined Democrats Wednesday to approve a $15 billion jobs bill. Both sides see the cooperation as a template for progress on future legislation.