When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, voters were not merely choosing a candidate they found more compelling. They also were endorsing a renewal of the notion that government could be a force for good.
Dan Coats , who left the U.S. Senate 12 years ago and more recently worked as a Washington lobbyist, won the Republican nomination in Indiana for the seat being vacated by his successor, Democratic Senator Evan Bayh .
You won’t find much evidence of a presidential campaign here in Vigo County, on the western border of Indiana, with its table-flat farmland and small-town ways. President Barack Obama hasn’t visited, nor has Republican Mitt Romney. There are few yard signs and fewer canvassers working to get out the vote.
Timothy Roemer , the U.S. envoy to India who is set to leave that post next month, is among the candidates being considered by President Barack Obama to become the next commerce secretary, according to people familiar with the selection process.
Senate Democrats are delaying action on a proposal to force banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to wall off swaps trading while the plan’s sponsor deals with a re-election battle, lawmakers said.
A senior manager at a company that churns out metals routinely used in U.S. smart bombs pauses in mid-sentence when his phone rings: a Wall Street stockbroker looking for information. He makes a note to have an assistant call back -- someone who is fluent in English, not just Chinese.