Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell vowed to fight any Democratic effort to pass healthcare reform on an 'up-or-down' vote. The process, called reconciliation, is fraught with difficulties.
Ron Kirk, US trade representative, wants lawmakers to push ahead on new free trade pacts. Some Democrats advocate a timeout to assess the effects of existing accords such as NAFTA.
Obama wants Congress to pass healthcare reform by the end of the month – by blocking a GOP filibuster with an up-or-down 'reconciliation' vote if necessary.
New York Representative Charlie Rangel has stepped down as chairman of the House Ways and Means committee following more than a year of calls for his resignation.
One causality of healthcare reform negotiations might be cost control.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D) of Maryland expressed his preference for 'pay-go' or pay-as-you-go budget rules.
Jerry Brown, California's attorney general and former two-term governor, made it official Tuesday: He'd like a third crack at the governor's job.
President Obama says he is 'exploring' four Republican healthcare ideas from last week's summit, in a bow to bipartisanship seen largely as a public relations move.
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.