Every political candidate promises to create jobs. But when Scott Walker was campaigning to be the governor of Wisconsin, he put a finer point on it.
He promised to create 250,000 jobs during his first term. His strategy for making it happen is familiar: tax breaks for businesses that make new hires, and for companies that relocate to Wisconsin.
We recently traveled to Wisconsin to talk to Scott Walker and businesses around the state. Turns out, it's very hard to figure out which jobs were created because of Walker's programs, and which would have been created anyway.
President Obama's authorization of an aide back in Washington to use an autopen to affix the presidential signature to the bill extending the Patriot Act is is being challenged by some, including a Republican House member who sent a letter to the White House.
But the president, who was in Europe at the time, has some sound legal backing for his use of the autopen (here's what some look like) to "sign" a bill into law and from an unlikely source, the President George W. Bush's Justice Department.
It's been nearly a decade since Congress, in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, hastily approved the USA Patriot Act and its historic expansion of law enforcement and domestic intelligence-gathering powers.
For just as long, civil libertarians have been agitating for legislators to hold a full-blown debate on the sweeping measure, fast-tracked to President George W. Bush's desk just four days after it was raised in Congress.
U.N. Security Council diplomats have been studying a draft resolution condemning Syria for its deadly crackdown on demonstrators protesting the rule of President Bashar Assad. As the crisis drags on and the Security Council weighs its options, U.S. policymakers are trying to plan for what might come next. In Washington, there is a growing sense that Assad's rule is coming to an end.
If there's such a thing as cello mojo, Alisa Weilerstein has it. Not only did she make her Carnegie Hall debut at age 15 and perform for President Obama in 2009, but last year she was also chosen by conductor Daniel Barenboim to perform the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic.
Serious race fans are eager for one of the country's most anticipated races of the year, when the Indianapolis 500 starts Sunday. For non-serious race fans, the big event starts Saturday, with the 43rd running of the Kinetic Grand Championship.
The self-professed "toughest sheriff in America" vows to remain in office despite facing a growing number of serious problems.
The one thing you need to know about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is that he craves publicity. He's regularly on local TV news, cable talk shows, even international programs. But the 78-year old lawman now finds himself dealing with the kind of publicity no elected official wants.