Two Republican lawmakers are urging President Barack Obama to issue a posthumous pardon for boxer Jack Johnson, the black heavyweight champion who was imprisoned because of his romantic ties with a white woman.
Democrats sought to limit increases in the cost of insurance sold under a sweeping health care bill Friday as they labored to clear the final obstacle to a September showdown on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.
Vice President Joe Biden touted the $787 billion federal stimulus effort on Friday, saying he sees signs that the recession could end soon, but also called the package "the most misunderstood" piece of legislation.
The organization that gave birth to the modern civil rights movement is in danger of missing out on a chance to capitalize on the country's conversation on race, despite President Barack Obama's historic campaign and election.
The House voted Friday to slap restrictions on how Wall Street executives are paid after nine banks that took government bailout money rewarded thousands of their employees with bonuses topping $1 million each.
President Barack Obama will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 people, including political ally Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, tennis legend Billie Jean King and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.