President Barack Obama, visiting the U.S.-Mexico border for the first
time as president, is trying to build pressure on Republicans to take on
comprehensive immigration legislation — while showing vital Hispanic
voters that he is not the one standing in the way.
The White House said Wednesday that it was ready to start talks with
Congress on a free trade deal with Colombia, setting the stage for
lawmakers to move ahead on similar agreements with South Korea and
Panama, as Republicans had demanded.
More than two dozen states challenging the health care overhaul urged a
U.S. appeals court on Wednesday to strike down the Obama
administration's landmark law, arguing it far exceeds the federal
Straddling the corner of a padded high jump pit, four-time Olympic gold
medalist Michael Johnson looked down the straightaway of a 10-lane
indoor track ringing a synthetic turf field built on land where a
vineyard once thrived.
The historic next-to-last space shuttle launch was scratched Friday
because of mechanical problems, spoiling a visit from the president and
dashing the hopes of the biggest crowd of spectators in years, including
the mission commander's wounded wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
President Barack Obama commended Panama's president for his leadership
in resolving issues that had stalled a key free trade agreement between
their two countries and said he expected Congress to ratify the pact as
part of a broader trade package.