5/9/2013 8:41 AM
| Alan Greenblatt
President Obama in recent weeks has twice threatened to veto legislation before Congress. Don't hold your breath that it will happen.
It's not that Obama isn't sincerely troubled by bills regarding debt repayment and online privacy. Actually vetoing legislation, though, no longer seems to be part of the equation — in part because so few bills actually make it to the president's desk.
5/8/2013 9:16 AM
| Ailsa Chang
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The Senate is considering legislation to prevent a global helium shortage from worsening in October. That's when one huge supply of helium in the U.S. is set to terminate. The House overwhelmingly passed its own bill last month to keep the Federal Helium Program going.
5/6/2013 9:10 AM
| Ailsa Chang
Republican Mitch McConnell has been the Senate minority leader since 2007, and he's the longest-serving senator in the history of Kentucky. He's up for re-election next year — and polling in the state shows his popularity is suffering.
5/3/2013 8:59 AM
| Peter Overby
While ideological gridlock continues to immobilize Capitol Hill, another of Washington's institutions is morphing behind the scenes.
The lobbying industry is becoming more secretive — reversing a trend that dates back to the 1990s. And campaign money now looms ever larger as a critical element in the persuasion business.