In the coming months, the Obama administration must decide whether to approve an oil pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada through the U.S. The decision will divide his political base: labor, which says the pipeline would create jobs, and environmentalists, who worry about its impact.
With his jobs bill stalled in Congress, the president is going public with his frustration, calling out Republican leaders he says are playing politics. And that strategy seems to be helping him: Two nationwide polls out this week show a rise in his approval rating.
A third woman told a news organization Herman Cain sexually harassed her when both worked at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. And in another stunning turn, a Republican pollster said he actually witnessed Cain's alleged harassment of a trade group worker.
In the debate over new voter ID laws, Democrats are accusing Republicans of trying to suppress votes and Republicans are accusing Democrats of condoning voter fraud. It's a sharp partisan divide, but a few people are going against the tide — and they're getting some political heat.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who has vowed to fight the new federal health care law, sent back a $31.5 million federal grant to start modernizing computer systems. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the governor is betting that the new health law will be repealed — and she worries it's not sound policy.
Voters in Ohio go to the polls Tuesday to decide, among other issues, whether to keep the controversial law that stripped public unions of much of their collective bargaining powers. Senate Bill 5 sparked large-scale protests at the statehouse in Columbus and inspired similar bills in other states.
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