As President Obama made his case on the debt ceiling and deficit crisis at the White House Friday, Republicans on the Hill were making theirs — and promising a series of votes next week to set out their plan for reordering the nation's finances.
President Obama held his second news conference in five days in hopes of pressuring lawmakers to OK a large-scale deficit-cutting deal. But Republican members of Congress aren't budging on the issue of taxes.
There were massive opposition protests in towns and cities across Syria Friday, despite an ongoing government crackdown that left at least 19 protesters dead. Hundreds of thousands marched in cities like Deraa, Hama and Homs — all three have been major hubs of the protest movement. But there were also protests and violence in Damascus Friday. The Syrian capital has been comparatively quiet until now.
Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has had a front row seat at the discussions and wrangling over whether to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. Michele Norris speaks with Jeff Schapiro, political reporter and columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, for a look at the Virginia lawmaker who is making his presence felt in the Republican Party and on the Hill.
Robert Siegel talks with Patrick Meyer, president and CEO of Pella Windows and Doors. He's one of hundreds of business heads who signed a letter to President Obama and members of Congress, urging them to raise the debt ceiling.
Spend a moment watching the news these days and it's obvious; we love our damsel in distress tales. But even I didn't predict 15 million people would show for ABC News latest blockbuster story of a cute, young blonde woman subjected to a horrible crime: top anchor Diane Sawyer's exclusive interview with Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped at age 11 and held for 18 years.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians mounted the largest protests Friday since the uprising began more than four months ago, pouring into areas where the government crackdown has been most intense in a sign that security forces cannot break the revolt.
Syrian authorities fired on the crowds, killing at least 17 people and wounding more than 100, activists said.
French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy waits for the spouses of the Heads of Delegation participating in the G8 Summit in May. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, 43, confirmed to the press her pregnancy and first child together with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Credit Franck Prevel / Getty Images
We'll get back to the serious stuff in a bit. But first: After months of speculation, France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has confirmed that she is with child.