On a different planet, perhaps, an incoming Congress would now be plowing its way through the pages of jobs plans - but not this one.
The 71-26 vote marked a significant foreign policy achievement for the Obama administration during the lame-duck Congressional session.
Ohio's Republican Governor-elect John Kasich declared war on all public employees and workers employed under state contracts - a full month before taking office.
Scientific fact is objective, but sometimes it's easy to see whose side certain scientists are working on.
Senate Republicans appeared increasingly determined to use the nuclear treaty as a political football in their drive to block all possible administration initiatives.
The Obama administration stepped up its campaign to overcome a possible Republican filibuster of the DREAM Act.
A federal judge in Virginia ruled that one part of President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law is unconstitutional, which comes after two other federal judges ruled it was constitutional, setting up an eventual showdown in the Supreme Court.
"Right now we've made a tremendous sacrifice," Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said. "There's no pleasure in us giving the high income tax bracket these cuts."
Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., say they plan to introduce a standalone bill in the House this week to reverse the controversial policy that bans openly gay service members.
The U.S. Senate voted to table its version of the DREAM Act Dec. 9, in order to consider the version passed by the House the day before. Supporters say the House vote was historic and a longtime coming because this is the first time the decade-old measure has ever passed in either chamber.