August 3, 2013 Democratic senators Dick Durbin and Tom Harkin went to Republican Rep. Steve King's Iowa district on Friday to refute his statement about "Dreamers" — young people brought to the U.S. by undocumented parents — that even some top Republicans called outrageous.
August 2, 2013 Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for the three men convicted of murder, piracy and kidnapping in the 2011 seizure of a yacht off the coast of Oman.
August 2, 2013 The idea of compromise has vanished from Congress. And there were no signs Friday that anything will be different when it returns in September from its five-week break.
August 2, 2013 President Obama has nominated John Koskinen as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. While the president calls him "an expert at turning around institutions in need of reform," Koskinen will likely face tough questions from Republicans during his upcoming confirmation hearings.
August 2, 2013 While the number of jobs did increase last month, the hiring pace was slower than in the spring, marking a setback for unemployed Americans. "The labor market begins the second half of 2013 with a fizzle," says economist Heidi Shierholz, with the Economic Policy Institute.
August 2, 2013 The South American country could be the first nation to legalize the production, distribution and use of marijuana. It's a bold response to incessant drug-related violence in the region and signals a quest for alternatives to the U.S.-led war on drugs and a rethinking of official U.N. anti-drug policy.
August 2, 2013 After more than a century of Democratic domination, Republicans hold the governorship and supermajorities in the North Carolina Legislature. They've slashed taxes, imposed voter ID restrictions and changed death penalty rules. Some citizens are angry. And Democrats say the GOP has overplayed its hand.