President Barack Obama is preparing to boost the profile of an up-and-coming young Hispanic Democrat by nominating San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to become the nation's housing secretary. Obama's current housing chief gets a new title: budget director.
The House is poised to take the first significant step to change the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American phone records, a compromise bill that is displeasing many civil liberties activists.
A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie whose job included getting re-election endorsements from mayors said Tuesday that he was "dumbfounded and disappointed" to learn that a northern New Jersey mayor was apparently targeted in a political payback plot orchestrated by Christie loyalists.
New Jersey State Police say the Garden State Plaza in Paramus has been evacuated after someone reported that shots had been fired, while a witness says the evacuation of the mall began after tires exploded on a car on fire outside.
From the bungled rollout of "Obamacare" to New Jersey gridlock to the hue of John Boehner's tan, all was fair game for President Barack Obama and his spirited but pointed humor when he took center stage as comedian in chief.
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