This week, Democrats dropped their threat to change Senate rules and strip the GOP minority of its right to filibuster executive branch nominees, and Republicans allowed up-or-down confirmation votes on several stalled appointments of President Obama. Here's how it happened, and why some think it might not last.
President Obama did something no other holder of his office has ever had the life experience to do: As the first African-American president, he used the bully pulpit to explain black America to white America.
The city's filed for bankruptcy protection. But there are reasons for hope. Some wealthy investors, for example, have been pouring money into the downtown. And if you love sports, love music and love Greek food, the city has much to offer.
One study finds that women who have been vaccinated against HPV are much less likely to have throat infections with the virus. Since the vaccine helps reduce risk of some cancers, scientists think it might turn out to be effective against throat cancers, too.
In extensive and personal comments about the Florida teen's death and the trial that just concluded with a not guilty verdict for the man responsible, the president urged Americans to consider why African-Americans have reacted so strongly.
The case challenges the constitutionality of drone strikes that killed three U.S. citizens in Yemen in 2011. Government lawyers seeking to dismiss the case said the courts essentially have no role in drone-strike decisions.
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