President-elect Nelson Mandela and President F.W. de Klerk outside the South African Parliament in Cape Town, May 9, 1994.
To an African-American coming of age in the late 1970s, there seemed two certainties: Nelson Mandela would die in prison in apartheid South Africa and no black person would become U.S. president in his lifetime. So much for youthful predictions.
December 5, 2013 For the past three years, there's been a shortfall in the payroll taxes collected for Social Security. As more baby boomers join the ranks of the 57 million people already receiving benefits and the overall share of wages subject to taxation under the program shrinks, that deficit is bound to keep growing.
December 5, 2013 The Asia trip is generating the kind of video and headlines that could prove useful if the vice president decides to run for president in 2016.
December 5, 2013 After first denying the two ever met, the White House on Thursday says that as a Harvard Law School student at Cambridge, the president briefly lived with his uncle, Onyango Obama.
December 5, 2013 Under the new plan, each federal agency would have until 2020 to get 20 percent of its power from renewable sources such as solar and wind.
December 5, 2013 The Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by then-Sen. Jim DeMint, is a big-money player targeting incumbent Republican senators including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
December 5, 2013 It's Day 4 of the White House's new messaging push for the Affordable Care Act. Today the goal is to tell the stories of people with pre-existing conditions who are now entitled to coverage under the new health care law.One such story comes from within the White House.
December 5, 2013 And the study by Human Rights Watch finds that defendants who take their fate to a judge or jury face prison sentences on average 11 years longer than those who plead guilty.
December 4, 2013 Hispanics make up 17 percent of the nation's population. But they live disproportionately in districts represented by Democrats.
December 4, 2013 Obama, who has been criticized in recent weeks over the flawed rollout of HealthCare.gov, steered the conversation Wednesday back to the economy. His remarks on inequality follow similar comments the pope made last week.