Africa's most populous nation has been without a leader since President Umaru Yar'Adua was rushed to a hospital in Saudi Arabia late last month. Key initiatives are stalling out.
Congress pledged to tighten regulations on Wall Street after its role in the recession. The industry is reaching into its deep pockets to shape the financial reform legislation to its liking.
Democrat Martha Coakley, vying for Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat, issues a tepid endorsement of the Senate health care reform bill backed Monday by all 58 Democratic and two Independent senators. During the primary campaign, she had balked at restrictions on abortion funding.
Even if the Senate healthcare bill is approved, reconciling it to the House bill will take a concerted effort on three major points: who bears the cost, the public option, and abortion funding.
President Obama hailed a key vote in the health care bill Monday morning. Several more Senate votes remain before a potential conference committee could take up the legislation.
This excellent biography offers a much-needed adjustment of Woodrow Wilson’s place in popular history.
In Italy, sympathy for embattled Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after a Dec. 13 attack could prove a useful means of dividing the opposition, rebuilding his popularity, and manipulating the judicial system.
President Obama lauded the Senate's healthcare reform compromises as well as a symbolic agreeement at the Copenhagen climate-change summit. Both highlight Obama's willingness to accept what is politically possible.
Republicans have ratcheted up the rhetoric against the Senate healthcare reform bill during the past two days. They hope to capitalize on public doubts about healthcare reform.
If the debacle of August's healthcare reform town halls told Democrats anything, it was this: Don't send your legislators back to their districts without a bill to defend.