The Obama administration is turning up the heat on Republican Senators who've threatened to block confirmation of Richard Cordray, a former attorney general from Ohio who is the president's nominee to head a new financial watchdog agency. A Senate vote is expected Thursday.
This week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested she might release details of the 1990s ethics investigation into then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. An investigative committee, on which Pelosi served, concluded that Gingrich had used tax-exempt funds for partisan purposes.
The Health and Human Services secretary overruled the FDA's opinion that the "Plan B" emergency contraceptive pill is safe and effective enough to be sold without a prescription — and without any age restrictions. Women's health advocates say the action reminds them of how the Bush administration treated the issue.
Is public political discourse any different in the new age of social media? Survey says: Yes. Negative tweets about the GOP hopefuls outnumbered positive tweets by at least 2 to 1, according to a new report.
The candidate's recent — and sudden — rise in the polls has required him to quickly pull together a larger campaign organization. He has added paid staffers in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and has a group of unpaid advisers. Still, the chief figure in the Gingrich brain trust remains Gingrich himself.
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