February 13, 2013 Chuck Hagel's nomination to become defense secretary came just short of the required 60 that would have allowed it to proceed to a final vote. The vote, largely along party lines, was 58 to 40, with one senator voting present. Further action is expected later in February.
February 13, 2013 Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, like deft politicians before him, has managed with humor and a morning television prop (a water bottle, of course) to spin an awkward visual gone viral into gold — or at least political pyrite.
February 13, 2013 President Obama is urging Congress to boost the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour. But other workers who make more than the minimum, currently at $7.25 an hour, could see their pay go up too as employers adjust their pay scales.
February 13, 2013 Sen. Marco Rubio had a tough moment Tuesday night when dry mouth intruded on his response to the State of the Union. But in all honesty, the unplanned nature of any little mistake has a certain appeal.
February 13, 2013 What's said and written about a State of the Union address on the morning after can determine what's most remembered. Headline writers have zeroed in on the president's talk about lifting the middle class, getting the economy moving and new gun laws.
February 13, 2013 The Florida senator has joined in the joking about his big stretch for a big drink as he was giving the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address.