WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama began his second term Monday by calling for an end to the rigid ideologies of modern politics but laying out a broad policy agenda more likely to stoke partisan confrontation than avoid it.
A proposal to expand equal-pay protections for female workers sponsored by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski failed to clear a procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday, ending the measure's chances but opening a potential Democratic attack line in this year's election.
After his failure to pass a debt limit increase plan Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner has a choice between trying to solidify his leadership and avoiding a catastrophic default on the nation's debts.
With the debate over raising the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling heading into its final stretch, President Barack Obama will visit the University of Maryland on Friday for a town hall meeting the White House said will be focused on the economy
In talking about the debt limit, Republicans are casting the matter in terms of politics, while President Obama is talking about it in terms of leadership — even though he has failed to lead on the budget since he was elected.