Now that Eric Shinseki is out, attention will shift to Capitol Hill, where it will take weeks -- maybe months -- to sort out new legislation.
The nominee had faced resistance due to Obama administration's policy on drone strikes against Americans suspected of terrorism.
Illinois lawmaker is an Iraq war veteran, double amputee and former assistant secretary at the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs.
Meeting comes amid concerns about two of Obama's picks to serve on federal courts.
The announcement could upend White House's goal of confirming dozens of federal judges before election season begins in earnest.
The White House has stood by nomination of Michael Boggs despite opposition from some Democratic senators and rights groups.
David J. Barron nominated to serve on a federal appeals court -- but senators want to see memos he wrote justifying drone strikes on American citizens.
They're banding together to ask that the Obama administration seek official action at the United Nations.
Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and a 41-year Senate subway driver are set to retire this week.
Says the NBA's handling of the LA Clippers decision sets an example for other pro sports leagues.