American gun rights advocates said Thursday that they remain determined to block a far-reaching U.S. agreement on international arms sales, warning that the pact could lead to a national firearms registry and disrupt the U.S. gun market, even as the accord ran into an unexpected last-minute snag in negotiations in New York.
Republican Sen. Richard C. Shelby said Thursday he will support Chuck Hagel's bid to become secretary of defense, nudging the contentious pick to the verge of confirmation even as 15 Republicans senators were urging President Obama to abandon his pick to run the Pentagon.
The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Barack Obama's choice of five-term Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, with Republicans and Democrats praising him as the ideal successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Congress' latest attempt to change the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget has ended in a predictable and familiar way — defeat.
The mainstream media has a crush on Mitt Romney. Wooed by his studied civility, canny debate and polished oratory, the press is reveling in the Romney brand, which has a valuable shelf life in an endless campaign.
With time running out on a looming debt crisis, the president and his allies in the Senate are fighting to win a raise in the government's borrowing limit, only to be stymied by a minority insisting that a spending freeze be part of the deal. Sounds like present day, but it was October 1984 — when the partisan roles were reversed.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is the keynote speaker at a GOP event in the early presidential caucus state of Iowa later this month, and a spokesman said Wednesday that the tea party favorite has "not ruled out" a bid for president.
President Barack Obama has the votes for Senate ratification of a new arms control treaty with Russia, assuring a major foreign policy victory.
President Obama and senior administration officials pressed Republican senators on Monday in a last-ditch effort to win Senate ratification of an arms- control treaty with Russia in the closing days of the lame-duck session.