A federal judge struck down a Texas law requiring abortion doctors to be affiliated with local hospitals, a tactic tried by opponents in several states to restrict the procedure, beginning what may be a climb to the U.S. Supreme Court.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner rarely casts floor votes, following his office’s tradition. When the Ohio Republican has voted this year, Arizona Democrat Ron Barber sided with him more often than not, while Republican Walter Jones of North Carolina usually didn’t.
The Obama administration may halt electronic eavesdropping on U.S. allies amid a growing global backlash over years of alleged surveillance of foreign leaders, according to the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Herbalife Ltd., the nutrition company at the center of a battle between hedge-fund managers Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn, posted third-quarter profit that beat analysts’ estimates as sales gained in the Americas.
The U.S. budget deficit is worse than ever. Taxes already have been raised, so efforts to narrow the shortfall should focus only on spending. The only fair deal is a straight trade: relief from the cuts under sequestration in return for reductions to entitlements. Yet there’s no incentive for Democrats to go along.
The rocky debut of the insurance exchanges at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health-care law poses risks to his political agenda and the activist role for government that he has championed for his second term.
Evangelical pastors, corporate leaders, elected Republican officials and small-government activists arrive in Washington next week to lobby lawmakers to revamp U.S. immigration policies before year’s end.