As part of their goal to recapture control of the Senate, Republican leaders have been using quiet diplomacy to reduce the chances the party's tea-party wing will crown primary candidates who can be easily portrayed as odd or extremist, writes Gerald F. Seib.
The Obama administration said that a midnight deadline for most people to finish health-insurance applications for private coverage this year wouldn't be extended amid signs that enrollment waits had dissipated.
Anthony Sartor stepped down just days after the emergence of a new investigation into Port activity by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., including the agency's work rebuilding the World Trade Center.
General Motors disclosed the departure of two senior executives as Chief Executive Mary Barra posted another blog saying she intends to hold managers accountable in the company's ignition-switch recall.
The U.S. would lose its veto power on the International Monetary Fund's executive board under a plan being considered by some emerging economies. The countries are fed up with the United States' failure to ratify a four-year-old deal.
Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius describes the period last fall when HealthCare.gov was crippled by technical problems as "awful," but says she had no regrets about the health law's rollout.