Feb 27, 2014 — The legislation underscores "an increasingly symbolic thrust of legislation as Congress heads toward midterm elections," NPR's David Welna says.
Dec 17, 2013 — Tuesday's vote was not as close as some expected. Some Republicans joined with Democrats to move the plan forward. The two-year deal avoids any more government shutdowns until at least 2015.
Dec 12, 2013 — Loretta Fuddy was director of Hawaii's Health Department. In 2011, she verified the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate. So-called birthers had questioned where he was born. Fuddy was killed Wednesday in the crash of a small plane off the island of Molokai.
Dec 12, 2013 — Democrats and Republicans both have problems with the package, but passage is expected in the House on Thursday. The Senate is likely to do the same next week. Rep. Paul Ryan says the deal brings "some semblance of bipartisanship."
Dec 11, 2013 — The bipartisan plan would head off any more budget battles for two years. But it also doesn't cut spending as much as some Republicans want or restore some of the funding that Democrats favor. Both sides being disappointed may be the key to the plan's success, though.
Dec 4, 2013 — Obama, who has been criticized in recent weeks over the flawed rollout of HealthCare.gov, steered the conversation Wednesday back to the economy. His remarks on inequality follow similar comments the pope made last week.
Dec 3, 2013 — To those in Congress who want to kill the Affordable Care Act, Obama said "we're not repealing it as long I'm president. ... We will make it work for all Americans."
Nov 22, 2013 — Next year, the White House says, Americans won't have to start signing up until Nov. 15. The administration says that will give insurers more time to prepare their rates. It also starts the enrollment period after the 2014 elections.
Nov 20, 2013 — Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, a Republican, was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $250. He's planning to seek treatment.
Nov 19, 2013 — Creigh Deeds, a Democratic state senator in Virginia who was his party's 2009 gubernatorial nominee, is being treated for serious injuries. His son Gus is dead. Authorities are investigating the incident at the family's home.