A judge has ordered the federal government to turn over documents related to the shooting of a fleeing drug smuggler or to explain why it is withholding them.
The son of Senator Roland W. Burris took a state job in September in the administration of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who appointed the future senator and whose office solicited contributions from him.
The plan was announced after three days of meetings, which touched on sensitive issues like American airstrikes in Pakistan, and the scope of the American commitment in Afghanistan.
The budget proposals seek to reverse the rapid increase in economic inequality over the last 30 years.
To translate his vision into a budget, the president needs to create coalitions issue by issue, while holding his party together and curbing Republican attacks.