House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., at the Capitol in Washington, June 13, 2011. Cantor recently announced that he would not return to the budget negotiations.
President Obama has announced plans for scaling back on troops in Afghanistan. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walked out on the deficit-reduction talks. Obama's former Ambassador to China, John Huntsman, announced plans to seek the GOP nomination for president. Host Michel Martin talks about this week's politics with Republican strategist Ron Christie and Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist and blogger Cynthia Tucker.
Not all that long ago, doctors seemed pretty much united by their antipathy toward being told by outsiders how to practice medicine — particularly by the government.
That bond helped fuel the American Medical Association's bitter opposition to several efforts to overhaul the U.S. health care system in the 1930s and 1940s and to the original effort to pass Medicare in the 1960s.
The groundbreaking fanfare included a cake model of Vertex's new corporate headquarters.
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Shovels stand at the ready for the groundbreaking ceremony.
Construction workers in Boston are going back to work. After years in limbo, a massive building project broke ground this week on the city's waterfront.
The developer says it's the largest private sector construction project underway in the country. Many are seeing the Fan Pier development as a positive sign for the economy.
It was the sort of event that almost makes you forget the recession ever happened. Under a big white party tent with balloons and band lights, bankers and developers beamed proudly next to the mayor and governor, each holding a silver shovel.
The House voted down a measure Friday giving Barack Obama the authority to continue the U.S. military action against Libya.
The 295-123 defeat was expected, but still represents a rebuke to the commander-in-chief. Obama, who did not seek congressional permission before the Libyan mission began, had said he had welcomed a resolution authorizing the participation.
The vote marks the first time since 1999 that either House has voted against a military operation. The last time was over President Bill Clinton's authority in the Bosnian war.
The scandal is widening over a U.S. law enforcement operation that lost track of guns later discovered at crime scenes on the Southwest border. The Justice Department and Republicans in Congress are trading accusations over who approved the operation. But what's getting lost in all the politics may be the larger effort to take down violent drug and gun traffickers.