A progressive group has called on Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to make nominations to fill nine federal judge vacancies in Texas.
Sen. Rand Paul will be opening a Republican Party outreach office in Detroit next month when he comes to speak to the Detroit Economic Club.
Tea party supporters in North Carolina protested a fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis that featured Republican strategist Karl Rove.
Senate Democrats eased the way for swift approval of President Obama's nominees on Thursday, voting to overturn decades of Senate precedent and undermine Republicans' ability to block final votes.
President Obama says he supports a move by Senate Democrats to make it harder for Republicans to use filibusters on presidential nominees for judgeships and agency heads to obstruct the business of government.
Tired of being cast as members of the "party of no," Republican governors up for re-election are emphasizing their work to steer their states through tough economic times.
A Senate panel advanced Janet Yellen's nomination to lead the Federal Reserve, setting up a final vote in the full Senate. She is widely expected to win confirmation.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was expected to force a vote as soon as Thursday on requiring only 51 votes to end filibusters against nominees for high-level judgeships and agency heads.
The Afghan president urged tribal elders Thursday to support a deal that would keep thousands of American troops in the war for another decade -- while saying he doesn't trust the U.S. and would leave the signing of a deal to his successor.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is pushing for "decisive" diplomacy and making aid the backbone of American foreign policy, separating himself from a growing isolationist wing of the Republican Party.
Democratic lawmakers in Washington want to renew jobless benefits for people out of work more than six months. Current benefits are set to expire three days after Christmas.
Voters in Albuquerque soundly defeated a ban on late-term abortions Tuesday in a municipal election that was being closely watched as a possible new front in the national abortion fight.
President Barack Obama is bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on more than a dozen prominent Americans 50 years after the death of the award's founder, President John F. Kennedy.
The race to replace disgraced ex-Mayor Bob Filner is headed for a runoff.
Tea party Rep. Henry Radel of Florida pleaded guilty to cocaine possession on Wednesday.