The jobs plan President Obama introduced in a special joint session of Congress last month has been killed in a procedural vote in the Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid could not find the 60 votes needed to begin debate on the $447 billion bill. Democrats are now considering smaller pieces of the package that might get greater support.
The Republican presidential candidates made a lot of claims at Tuesday's night debate in Hanover, N.H. Steve Inskeep and Bill Adair, editor of the non-partisan, fact-checking website PolitiFact.com, truth squad the latest GOP debate.
Humanitarian groups are increasingly worried about the looming budget cuts in U.S. foreign assistance. They argue that lives are at stake in places like the Horn of Africa, which is suffering its worst drought in decades. Raising public and private money for the crisis is a challenge in the current economic environment.
For decades, most courts did not allow widespread strip searches, but in recent years, the tide has turned. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court hears arguments for a case testing whether prison guards may constitutionally strip-search even minor traffic offenders when they are arrested and taken to jail.
Ever since President Obama proposed his $447 billion jobs bill in a joint address to Congress last month, he has been campaigning for it nonstop. But Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to kill the measure. Now Democrats hope to consider the proposals piece by piece.
Back in 2009 when he campaigned to be New Jersey's chief executive, Gov. Chris Christie got help from Mitt Romney who visited the Garden State to campaign for his fellow Republican. On Tuesday, Christie returned the favor by publicly endorsing Romney's bid to be the Republican Party nominee.
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