• President continues to prod lawmakers into taking action on new gun control measures after the tragedy in Connecticut, but his own Democrats remain divided.

    Katerina Rodgaard, center, a Maryland dance instructor who knew one of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings, accompanied by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and others, who according to the White House, law enforcement officials, victims of gun violence, and others, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 28, 2013, where Obama urged Congress to take action on measures to protect children from gun violence.
    LAST UPDATE : Mar 28, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT
  • Using TV interviews and official White House events to prod hesitant lawmakers to overhaul the U.S. system, which he now predicts could happen by end of summer.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 27, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT
  • Bipartisan "gang of eight" working on a measure that provides path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in a 13-year window.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 22, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT
  • This April 27, 2005 file photo shows Caitlin J. Halligan, in the Court of Appeals in Albany, N.Y. Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked the confirmation of federal appeals court nominee Caitlin Halligan for the second time, denying President Barack Obama a key judicial appointment.

    Hands a victory to the Senate Republicans who have prevented him from getting any nominees seated on the powerful D.C. circuit of the U.S. Appeals Court.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 22, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT
  • House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., appears before the House Rules Committee to testify on his party’s budget proposal, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, March 18, 2013.

    Measure to avoid government closure beginning March 27 held up by Republican senator intent on protecting smaller air control towers from larger "sequester."

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 19, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT