A majority of senators have urged President Barack Obama to raise pressure on Iran over its disputed nuclear program by toughening sanctions and renewing the option to use military force while also exploring diplomatic solutions.
Many conservatives say that they don't trust President Barack Obama to implement any law they pass. And they say that makes them wary of acting on the touchy subject of immigration. Their view has grown more acute since Obama's decision to postpone for a year a requirement making employers provide health insurance to their workers.
Days before the 15th anniversary of al-Qaida's bombings of American diplomatic missions in Kenya and Tanzania, the U.S. State Department closed its embassies in four sub-Saharan African nations as part of a heightened security alert. The State Department has shut down U.S. facilities in countries including Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait until Aug. 10. U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities, including the four in sub-Saharan Africa, will be closed through the end of the week.