March 01, 2013

Obama:  ‘We Will Get Through This’

Washington sure isn't making it easy" for the American people and the American economy, President Obama told reporters late Friday morning as he and other lawmakers failed to reach a deal to avert $85 billion worth of automatic "sequester" spending cuts due to start at the end of the day Friday.


California same-sex couple gets married
(Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
March 01, 2013

Administration Asks Supreme Court To End Calif. Gay-Marriage Ban

The Obama administration has filed a friend of the court brief urging the United States Supreme Court to strike down California's ban on gay marriage. The government is arguing that the state's ban on gay marriage should be struck down as a denial of "equal protection under the law," but it does not call for the abolition of all state bans on same-sex marriage.


February 28, 2013

Illinois Senate Approves Medicaid Expansion

An expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is one step closer in Illinois. The state Senate passed the expansion 40-19 on Thursday, sending the bill to the House.


February 28, 2013

US Extends Aid to Syrian Rebels

The US is to step up its support for the Syrian opposition as it fights to topple President Bashar al-Assad, Secretary of State John Kerry says.


Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew
(United States Department of State)
February 27, 2013

Senate Confirms Lew As Treasury Secretary

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Jacob Lew to be Treasury secretary, affirming President Barack Obama's choice of a budget expert at a time when Congress and the White House are at odds over sharp government spending cuts.


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