President Barack Obama is meeting with the leaders of Asian and Pacific countries in Hawaii this weekend. The president is expected to use the Asia-Pacific economic summit to emphasize his effort to pivot the U.S. away from Europe and towards the Pacific in the coming century. NPR's Ari Shapiro is travelling with the president and has more.
Two weeks ago, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain found himself fending off reports of sexual harassment published in the Washington political newspaper, Politico. He said there was "nothing else there to dig up." That was, predictably, not the end of the story.
It was billed as the "Commander in Chief" debate, and while Obama earns higher marks for his role as commander in chief than he does overall, Republican hopefuls found plenty to criticize in Saturday night's debate in South Carolina, beginning with Iran.
Under the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal government is bound to recognize only those marriages between a man and a woman. A Senate committee has passed a measure that would change that, but the effort to overturn DOMA faces stiff resistance from congressional Republicans.
If you tuned into the CBS/National Journal debate Saturday night hoping for a reprise of the drama created earlier in the week by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's now-legendary "oops" gaffe, you were destined for disappointment.
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