Obama vows to help Democrats in midterms, including by staying away if necessary

(Nikki Kahn / The Washington Post)

Tensions were apparent at times during the presidents’ sessions this week with his party’s lawmakers.


Atheists and humanists launch Freethought Equality Fund PAC


House Democrats unveil immigration plan in hopes of pressuring Republicans

Republicans are unlikely to take up measure; Democrats hope to nudge forward the stalled border debate.

Large patent holders hate this reform proposal. That’s a good sign.

Companies with large patent portfolios oppose a proposal to invalidate bad patents.

What do Whataburger, Kroger, and J. Crew have in common? They all hate patent trolls.

More companies are facing threats from patent trolls. And they're demanding Congress do something about it.

Seven Democratic senators push to maintain family visas

Two Democratic senators are asking a bipartisan group of colleagues to reconsider plans to eliminate some categories of family visas as the group finalizes a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws.


SBA shifting funding away from small-business training programs, draws fire from Congress

(Joshua Roberts / BLOOMBERG)

The agency plans to devote more attention to helping mid-size firms, and less to basic business services.

Asian American lawmakers to press Obama on diversity in administration