As a deal to break a budget impasse failed to emerge on Friday, both the president and his Republican adversaries said they would not carry the fight over the cuts into the coming effort to finance the government.
President Obama issued pardons on Friday to 17 convicted felons, most of whose offenses were small-scale crimes committed many years ago.
McComb, Miss., was a battleground in the war for voting rights in the South. Residents disagree over whether their state and eight others need federal approval for changes.
John Kerry made his first trip to an Arab capital as secretary of state on Saturday, hoping to prod Egyptian politicians to show a measure of political peace and a commitment to economic change.
South Carolina’s unpredictable political universe is now in full orbit with a special election next month that features 18 congressional candidates including its former governor and two first-timers with celebrity last names.
President Obama and top administration officials are struggling with accuracy in explaining the impact of billions in federal budget cuts known as sequester that kicked in Saturday morning – even getting called out by a Capitol Hill superintendent about furloughs for support staffers.
Thousands of illegal immigrants ticketed for deportation have been released from federal detention centers in recent weeks, according to a report that came out even as the White House and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano denied any involvement in the policy.