Tesla Motors Inc. was in trouble in North Carolina. Prohibited from opening showrooms there, it was on the way to being unable to sell cars at all when the state Senate voted unanimously to block online auto sales.
The AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, will air at least $1 million in advertisements against House Republicans including Whip Kevin McCarthy for blocking a rewrite of U.S. immigration laws.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, interviewed at a Bloomberg/Washington Post breakfast at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, took issue with his party’s immigration platform, saying that tough policies are costing Republicans elections and presidential nominee Mitt Romney can help bridge a “gap” among Hispanic voters if he shares more of his personal story and beliefs.
President Barack Obama has neither the legal authority nor the practical ability to bypass Congress and extend the nation’s borrowing limit, and attempting such a step might trigger turmoil in the markets, two top White House advisers said.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he supports a package of entitlement-program trims and revenue increases to replace across-the-board spending cuts that are hurting federal programs and the military.
U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas, touting his opposition to spending bills in Washington, said in a debate of the Republican candidates for president that former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is “a big- government conservative” who supported excessive spending.
President Barack Obama said failing to respond militarily to the sarin gas attack in Syria would embolden Bashar al-Assad to strike with chemical weapons again and erode the international norm against using such arms.