House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner hopes to avoid the fiscal cliff by closing loopholes and deductions. President Obama suggested that only by completely eliminating charitable tax deductions could the Republicans increase revenues sufficiently without also increasing taxes on the wealthy as he would like to do.
But the bill, which would provide several protections for women in the workplace, is unlikely to overcome a filibuster by Senate Republicans.
The White House says 'The Obamas' by Jodi Kantor "reflect[s] little more than the author's own thoughts."
A motion by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich accuses the judge presiding over his case of bias and says the airing of more taped conversations would provide context for his deal-making.
Last summer, when a jury convicted Blagojevich on one count and deadlocked on all the rest, he didn't testify. This time defense lawyers apparently are betting on his personal charm.
US Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates speaks with village elders in the village of Tabin in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on March 8.
Women's History Month began Tuesday, and the White House released the 'first comprehensive federal report on the status of women' since 1963.