Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, bracing for a primary challenge backed by anti-tax Tea Party activists, is shrinking from his longtime role as a broker of high-stakes congressional deals to tend to his own political survival.
President Barack Obama today named Deloitte LLP Chief Executive Officer Joe Echevarria, a Walt Disney Co. executive, and scholars and state election officials to a panel that will recommend ways to make voting in U.S. elections more efficient.
Debbie Hunter, principal of Edward E. Taylor Elementary in Columbia, South Carolina, says federal spending cuts may reverse gains at her school where 99 percent of 257 students are so poor they qualify for free or reduced- price lunches.
When Rand Paul held the U.S. Senate floor for a 13-hour filibuster last week, followers sent a Twitter appeal to “stand with Rand.” As the hashtag went viral, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared on the floor to applaud Paul for his “courage and conviction.”
Barack Obama’s approval rating with young Americans who were crucial to his 2008 White House victory has declined to 46 percent, and a greater percentage see the president losing his bid for a second term than winning, a new poll finds.