President Barack Obama’s administration sued Texas to block new voter-identification rules, escalating a confrontation with Republicans in a state where Democrats seek gains from a growing Hispanic population.
During Congress’s August break in 2009, the Tea Party movement helped Republicans demonstrate public anger about President Barack Obama’s health-care legislation by showing up at rowdy town-hall meetings.
President Barack Obama named Michael O’Rielly, a congressional aide, to a Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission, setting up a potential Senate vote to approve a new Democratic chairman at the regulatory agency.
In one week, John McCain brokered a compromise to avoid paralysis in the Senate over President Barack Obama’s nominees, introduced banking legislation with Democrat Elizabeth Warren and publicly disputed some Republicans’ approach to raising the U.S. debt ceiling.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, stung by the Supreme Court’s decision gutting federal power to pre-emptively strike at state voting laws, opened a new front in the Obama administration’s fight against election laws it views as discriminatory.
The U.S. Justice Department, deprived by the Supreme Court of the power to pre-emptively halt state voting laws it finds discriminatory, will seek a federal court ruling to force Texas to get approval before changing any of its election laws.
President Barack Obama is shifting his attention to the budget battles looming later this year by casting his differences with congressional Republicans as a struggle over the future of middle-income Americans.
The Senate should reject an amendment offered by Republican Senator John Cornyn that would block a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants until the U.S. has “full operational control” of its border, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.