Lawmakers on Friday gave the go-ahead for the issuance of $2.6 billion in bonds. The federal government will provide an additional $3.2 billion. The completed project is estimated to cost more than $68 billion.
Josephine "Ann" Harris, 70, owner of Ann's Place 24-Hour Restaurant, poses for a photo in Akron, Ohio, where President Barack Obama dropped by for breakfast on his bus tour Friday. (Credit: Paul Tople,AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal)
President Barack Obama called the family of Josephine "Ann" Harris from Air Force One to express his condolences after Harris died Friday not long after his visit to the Akron, Ohio restaurant she owned.
The president's visit to a Pub and Restaurant was his fifth campaign event of the day in the crucial battleground state of Ohio. On Friday, his bus tour will continue in neighboring Pennsylvania.
Republican sources confirm Mitt Romney's campaign had a behemoth fund-raising month in June, bringing in more than $100 million for the battle to defeat President Obama.
A House report out Thursday says Countrywide Financial bought influence on Capitol Hill by issuing hundreds of sweetheart loans for members of Congress, their staffs and other government employees.
Campaigning by bus through swing state Ohio, President Barack Obama cast his re-election bid as a bet on the American worker Thursday, even as he braced for a Friday unemployment report that will help set battle lines for the hot summer to come.
Official ballot counts began in Mexico on Wednesday. The political parties will supervise, review and watch over the recount. Early results announced last Sunday, give the Presidential victory to PRI's Peña Nieto.
The move comes amid an ongoing campaign finance investigation. Police raided the home and offices of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who lost his re-election bid to Socialist François Hollande in May.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also challenged the 2006 election results. Mexico's presumed president-elect, announced Sunday, says it is time for the country to leave behind political rancor.
Vice President Joe Biden said teachers "are under full blown assault" by Mitt Romney and "his allies in Congress" Tuesday. In response, the Romney campaign said the vice president was touting "failed" policies in his remarks.