A private watchdog organization investigating problems in the Veterans Affairs Department is defying a federal subpoena to turn over to the Obama administration materials it received from federal whistleblowers.
Partisan and ideological polarization has grown dramatically in the last two decades, according to a survey of more than 10,000 Americans conducted by the Pew Research Center. A look at five findings that help explain the nation's political fissures:
A bipartisan collection of Florida lawmakers piled on the Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday in a special delegation meeting – although one of the most common refrains heard was some variation of “the VA does many things well.”
Even before a judge's scathing ruling against California's teacher tenure policies, the once-sacred protections that make it harder to fire teachers already had been weakened in many states — and even removed altogether in some places.
After two overwhelming votes in two days, congressional lawmakers say they are confident they can agree on a bill to improve veterans' health care and send it to the president's desk by the end of the month.
Mitt Romney once feared that he would be viewed as "a loser for life" if he failed to win the presidency. In this midterm election year, the former presidential nominee is trying to re-emerge as a force in Republican politics.