President Barack Obama's 2008 rival is accusing senior administration officials of intentionally leaking classified information to news organizations to boost the Democrat's national security reputation and re-election chances.
Attorney General Eric Holder is headed to the Gulf Coast today to see areas affected by the oil spill. And he'll be meeting with attorneys general from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, along with several U.S. attorneys.
The federal government is poised to shutdown for the first time in nearly two decades following more than a week of legislative jockeying by House Republicans to extract concessions from President Obama and Senate Democrats on the Affordable Care Act.
The top Democrat in the Senate says that he'll bring legislation to the floor next week to keep the government running at current spending levels to avoid a government shutdown when a deadline comes March 4.
Republicans are girding to push a bill through the House that would continue a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers, but has drawn White House and Democratic objections because it would also force work on a controversial oil pipeline.