Economists downgrade their forecast for US growth in 2014 from 2.5 percent to 1.6 percent. A tepid economy usually hurts the president's party in an election year. Can competing data help Democrats dodge the blow?
The US government ran a budget surplus of $71 billion in June, putting it on track toward the narrowest budget gap since 2008. Nine months into this budget year, the deficit runs at $366 billion, down 28 percent from this time in 2013.
Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi says he crossed into Mexico with firearms illegal in that country by mistake. Mexican authorities aren't convinced. Critics blame US authorities for doing too little to secure his release.
In state legislatures, long a pipeline for congressional candidates, moderate lawmakers are less likely to run for higher office than are those with hardcore views, a study finds. It's both cause and effect of a more polarized Congress.
Wednesday's meeting is billed as an exchange of ideas over border issues that could boost Gov. Rick Perry's stature in the GOP. It could also give Obama a talking point that House Republicans are not so eager to talk about.
When drivers complained that it was too hard to turn their keys, GM made the switches looser – too loose, allowing them to slip from 'run' back to 'accessory' and cutting off engine control, a GM switch engineer testified in 2013