Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri, delivering the Republicans' weekly radio and Internet address, said Saturday that President Barack Obama's plan to close the Guantanamo detention center "is a dangerous case of putting symbolism over security."
Bond said the president needs to tell the American people where the terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay will be sent.
The mayor of Mississippi's largest city died early Thursday, less than two days after losing a re-election bid in a contentious Democratic primary that came a week before his second federal trial.
Mayor Frank Melton, 60, died peacefully at 12:10 a.m. at a Jackson hospital with his wife by his side, city spokeswoman Goldia Revies told The Associated Press.
Melton, who had a history of serious heart problems, was taken to the hospital from his home by ambulance on Tuesday night, shortly after he lost the primary.
Jack Kemp, a 1960s American football hero who later became a US congressman and vice-presidential nominee, was remembered on Sunday as a man whose passion for politics permanently influenced his party and nation.
"Jack Kemp's commitment to public service and his passion for politics influenced not only the direction of his party, but his country," President Barack Obama said in a statement issued on Sunday.
Sen. Arlen Specter's defection to the Democrats was in some respects a special case -- naked political opportunism, or so his former GOP colleagues sniffed -- but in other respects it is an early warning that the Republican Party nationally is in danger of being marginalized.
It is becoming smaller, more conservative and more and more of a Southern regional party. This is not a good place to be in a nation with an electorate that is generally moderate and where elections are fought and won in the political middle.
Is the GOP's 'big tent' shrinking? Sen. Arlen Specter's departure from the Republican Party gives the Democrats one more vote in the Senate and makes opposition from the GOP that much more difficult.
But Specter's move also raises questions about whether the Republicans are purging their way to oblivion.
The upper house in New Hampshire's assembly voted on Wednesday in favor of a bill that would make the northeastern state the fifth in the country to allow same-sex marriage, the governor said.
The bill still has to win clearance from the lower house and get the signature of Governor John Lynch.
Lynch, a Democrat, has previously opposed full, same-sex marriage, but he has not indicated whether or not he will veto the bill.
The state already recognizes same-sex civil unions.
The only gay couple who were legally wed in Iowa are looking forward to getting some company. Iowa county clerks were to begin processing same-sex marriage applications Monday, following the Iowa Supreme Court's ruling on April 3 that legalized same sex-marriage. Iowa typically requires a three-day waiting period for marriages, but judges can waive that and allow immediate weddings.
Republican hopes of an early electoral resurgence against President Barack Obama took a blow Friday when the party's candidate in a tight New York congressional race conceded defeat.
Jim Tedisco, a veteran state-level politician, abandoned his challenge against Democratic opponent Scott Murphy, who is now set to fill the empty congressional seat in Washington.
"Tedisco ran a tough but an ultimately unsuccessful race," Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said in a statement.
Republicans on Wednesday said a Homeland Security Department intelligence assessment unfairly characterizes military veterans as right-wing extremists. House Republican leader John Boehner described the report as offensive and called on the agency to apologize to veterans.
The agency's intelligence assessment, sent to law enforcement officials last week, warns that right-wing extremists could use the bad state of the U.S. economy and the election of the country's first black president to recruit members.
Republicans have lost their grip on Congress and the White House, but they claim to have American anger over taxes and the economy on their side as tens of thousands turned out for anti-tax "tea parties" around the country.
Wednesday's rallies used the dreaded April 15 — the U.S. deadline to file income taxes — as a hook to vent about government spending and corporate bailouts in an homage to the Boston Tea Party.