Just days after President Obama visited Ohio to press for health care reform, U.S. Rep Dennis Kucinich announced that he would reverse his earlier opposition to health care legislation and will now support the bill, albeit with reservations.
Attorney General Eric Holder, under questioning from House members on Tuesday, compared terrorists to mass murderers such as Charles Manson, then went on to say that "we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Ladin."
Rep. Charlie Rangel, the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, resigned his seat on Wednesday in the face of ethics allegations that have dogged the New York Democrat and threatened to become a campaign issue in the fall.
President Obama mounted a new campaign on Wednesday to pass health care reform, saying that some Republican ideas have been incorporated into pending legislation and urging Congressional leaders to hold a vote in the coming weeks.
Sen. Jim Bunning grudgingly dropped his objections on Tuesday to a temporary spending bill for unemployment payments and transportation funds, ending a particularly venomous stalemate in the Senate over federal spending.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in quake-shattered Chile on Tuesday, on the second day of her five-day trip through South America. She brought with her 25 satellite phones, one of which she presented to outgoing president Michelle Bachelet.
Anyone who believes that the global financial crisis is over, look to Greece and think again. On Wednesday, the government will announce new measures to cut the nation's $300 billion in red ink -- debt that, astonishingly, American financial firms helped to hide much as they disguised risky financial transactions in the United States.
For an unemployed worker in Kentucky, the message posted on the Web site of the Office of Employment and Training could be a little off-putting:
Important Notice: Unless the U.S. Congress extends the current deadline of February 27, 2010 for the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, claimants filing a new unemployment extension may not be eligible to request further benefits. Those claimants on an extension, with a balance, can draw out the benefits remaining on their current Tier.
After Saturday's 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile, coastal residents throughout the Pacific -- including Hawaii -- braced for a tsunami. To the relief of all, choppy waves lapped ashore instead. While damage is widespread in central Chile, the death toll appears far lower than the lethal quake that destroyed much of Haiti in January.
The quake nonetheless cast an ominous pall over the start of the week. Some economists analyzed what it means for the Chilean and global economies. Some Christians took this as another sign of end times. Seismologists weighed whether it augurs further tremblors. And on the foreign affairs front, it will likely have implications for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip to South America this week.