Ted Cruz didn’t come quietly into the U.S. Senate. The freshman from Texas feuded with Senator John McCain. He stole the spotlight by chatting with a swarm of reporters when Republican leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor to end the government shutdown. He calls his party’s establishment encrusted and entrenched.
President Barack Obama is choosing his words carefully, when he says anything at all, while Democratic and Republican lawmakers hash out how to end the government shutdown and stave off a U.S. default.
The 111th Congress returned to Washington this week with a record of legislative achievement that rivals President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.” Voters may show their thanks by throwing lawmakers out of office.
Austan Goolsbee , who spent the last 30 months trying to push the U.S. economy to create jobs, is leaving the White House to save his own: The president’s top economic adviser is heading back to the University of Chicago so he won’t lose tenure.
Exxon Mobil Corp. and Dow Chemical Co., big-dollar lobbying allies on many issues in Washington, are on opposite sides of a high-stakes fight over how much of rising U.S. natural gas supplies should be sold overseas.
Representative Frank Wolf, a Virginia Republican, said anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist has profited from associations with “unsavory” groups and has become an obstacle to an overhaul of the U.S. tax code.