Buoyed by a huge turnout at a fundraising gala marking his 80th
birthday, Rep. Charles Rangel said Thursday that he was eager to turn
his attention to his re-election campaign and let the ethics charges
against him play out in Washington.
Determined to show a commitment to stopping the flow of illegal
immigrants, the Senate convened a special session Thursday and passed a
$600 million bill to put more agents and equipment along the Mexican
The Sept. 11 museum is taking shape 70 feet below ground, a cavernous
space that provides an emotionally raw journey and ends at bedrock
where huge surviving remnants and spacial voids reveal the scale of the
devastation of what once was the World Trade Center.
Summoned back from summer break, the House on Tuesday pushed through an
emergency $26 billion jobs bill that Democrats said would save 300,000
teachers, police and others from election-year layoffs. President
Barack Obama immediately signed it into law.
Congress is moving rapidly just weeks before the start of the school
year to speed billions of dollars in emergency education aid to states
in hopes of reversing the layoffs of tens of thousands of teachers.
Rallying a pivotal part of his base, President Barack Obama pleaded
with labor leaders Wednesday to energize their members about the
upcoming election, depicting a choice between those who fight for the
middle class and those who are "not lifting a finger to help."