With few signs of ending the gridlock crushing public approval of Congress, U.S. lawmakers return this week to confront a budgetary deficit, a loophole-riddled tax code and a Senate revamping of immigration law given little chance in the House.
Support for gun control in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut remains far below the peak seen at the turn of the century, according to a survey released today.
While President Barack Obama takes credit for keeping a 2008 campaign promise by ending the war in Iraq this month and pledges to wind down the war in Afghanistan by 2014, foreign policy offers a less certain election weapon.
The U.S. House has a message for voters who want to cut spending: It passed a bill repealing a long-term health care program that the Obama administration had already dropped, and would bar welfare recipients from spending their benefits in strip clubs and casinos.
With eight days left before automatic federal budget cuts begin, Republicans and President Barack Obama are spending more time trying to sway public opinion and blaming each other than negotiating an agreement.
The booming stock market is of little solace to middle-class Americans, who continue to express concern about their financial security and the overall condition of the U.S. economy. The poor are even more bearish, surveys show.