The Supreme Court's campaign finance ruling was based on the US Constitution. This makes it particularly hard for Congress to do anything but modify campaign finance law – public disclosure provisions, for example.
Some key lawmakers in the Senate are saying they will vote against the Bernanke confirmation. The Fed chairman’s term expires at the end of this month.
The trial of a man charged with killing an abortion doctor in Kansas opened Friday on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion rights. A precedent could be set if the defendant is allowed to argue he believed deadly force was needed to save the lives of unborn children.
Republican Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts provides a boost for the GOP's momentum for the 2010 midterm elections. Here are five states where Republicans might pick off Senate seats this November.
For now, Massachusetts' Scott Brown has rock-star status as the favorite of conservatives. But when he's a working senator, he may break with fellow Republicans on some issues.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House would not approve the Senate-passed bill. But Scott Brown's vote might make it impossible to get a House-modified bill back through the Senate.
Scott Brown’s Senate victory in Massachusetts has shifted the political landscape. Endangered Democrats are likely to play it safe, and some might retire.
The Supreme Court campaign finance ruling on Thursday means corporations can spend freely on political ads leading up to elections. The Thursday decision invalidates a part of 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign-finance reform law that sought to limit corporate influence.
So far, top GOP officials say, Democrats aren't moving to work with them on healthcare reform. The Republican victory in Massachusetts has cost Democrats their filibuster-proof margin in the Senate.
In 2008, most independent voters went for Obama. But Scott Brown's US Senate victory in Massachusetts shows that, even in a liberal state, independents won't necessarily stick with him.