Energy companies don't see eye to eye with the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency. But for the first time in years, they have begun to fashion something resembling a working relationship with new EPA chief Gina McCarthy.
The battle over strategy in the Republican Party played out in front of conservative activists, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stoking ideological passion and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie saying the party must show voters that it can govern.
President Barack Obama on Thursday said the U.S. and European Union are united against Russia's "intervention" in Ukraine. He also signed an executive order authorizing sanctions against those undermining democracy in Ukraine.
The tea party showed it remains a potent force in this state, scoring an upset victory in one key race in Tuesday's primary, even as several prominent Texas Republicans fended off antiestablishment challengers.
Senators voted to stop the advancement of Debo Adegbile's nomination as assistant attorney general for civil rights, after opponents highlighted his role in efforts to commute the death sentence of a convicted murderer. President Obama called the vote a "travesty."
The White House offered a tax and spending plan that was largely absent of lofty new policy goals, acknowledging the limited ambition of both political parties to renew a fight over the budget with midterm elections looming. It still met a cool reception on Capitol Hill.