CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer worries that the Supreme Court’s ruling on campaign contributions allows the rich to take further control of the nation’s politics. In Washington, he says, the emphasis is now almost solely on raising money, rather than working toward compromise.
The Supreme Court struck down limits on the overall campaign contributions individual donors can make to candidates, political parties and political action committees in a 5-4 vote. Veteran campaign finance reformer Fred Wertheimer said the court opened the floodgates for big money with its decision. Jan Crawford reports.
The Supreme Court heard arguments on the Obamacare mandate requiring for-profit companies to provide comprehensive health coverage to their employees. The court appeared split over whether such companies’ religious beliefs would exempt them from providing workers with coverage for contraception. Jan Crawford reports.
President Barack Obama intends to use his executive authority to expand overtime pay to millions of Americans who aren't getting it. Under federal law, businesses can deny overtime wages to any manager or supervisor who earns more than $455 a week. The president will raise that threshold to anywhere between $550 and $970. Major Garrett reports.
The Senate came within five votes of passing a major change to the military’s command structure. An amendment by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., would have stripped commanders of authority over sexual assault cases and put everything in the hands of seasoned military trial lawyers. Nancy Cordes reports.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with his Russian counterpart on the phone about the crisis in Ukraine. The Pentagon has not released details on the conversation, but in an interview with "Face the Nation," Hagel told Bob Schieffer that it would be a mistake for the Russians if they decided to go into Ukraine.
President Barack Obama's warning about costs to Russia if it intervenes in Ukraine remains vague. Top U.S. officials say there's no consideration of U.S. military action, but the White House may boycott the upcoming G-8 summit in Sochi, and new trade talks with Russia may be canceled. Major Garrett reports.
President Barack Obama announced a new initiative to put minority boys and men on the road to success. It's called "My Brother's Keeper" and hopes to build on the successes of programs like KIPP High school in the Bronx, where 100 percent of the senior class has applied to college. Major Garrett reports.
Secret Service agents are tracking cyber criminals as they use Internet chat rooms to sell U.S. Social Security numbers, credit cards and information on how to evade antiviral software. But while many hackers believe they're safe from U.S. law enforcement, the Secret Service says its investigations have led to 4,900 arrests in the last four years. Wyatt Andrews reports.
President Barack Obama told Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the U.S. would start planning for pulling out all American forces by the end of the year, since Karzai will not sign a troop agreement. The top U.S. commander had recommended keeping 10,000 troops in Afghanistan for two years after 2014 if the Afghan government first signed the agreement. David Martin reports.