Cory Booker joins the U.S. Senate with one year to show New Jersey voters he can transition from being mayor of Newark, where he charmed Wall Street into the start of an economic and philanthropic revival.
Representative Paul Ryan wanted big policy changes to lift the U.S. debt ceiling: a revamp of Social Security and Medicare, a framework for tax-code changes and approval of the $5.3 billion Keystone XL pipeline.
The U.S. Congress is by no means certain to give President Barack Obama the go-ahead to attack Syria, a stance that would pose a political obstacle to any military strike and prolong a looming showdown on Obama’s domestic agenda.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, strolling the Wildwood boardwalk for 90 minutes, belonged to anyone who wanted to gab about Hurricane Sandy rebuilding or razz him about his beloved New York Mets baseball team.
Ohio Republican Steve LaTourette’s decision to retire from the U.S. House means there will be even fewer moderates to work across party lines on the so-called fiscal cliff and other tax-and-spending issues.
President Barack Obama campaigned for Democrat Edward Markey in the U.S. Senate special election in Massachusetts, telling supporters in Boston that the veteran lawmaker will continue the state’s legacy of sending “tough” and “smart” leaders to Washington.