Updated 11:06 a.m. ET, 12/11/2013
(CNN) - Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday was supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime event where dozens of world leaders join thousands of South Africans in a massive stadium, all to honor the anti-apartheid icon.
Instead, it turned into a media sensation...about a selfie.
(CNN) - The wife of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said she and her husband have moved on from last year's election.
"We don't look back," Ann Romney said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer airing on the "Situation Room" Wednesday. "Neither one of us ever look back."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 11, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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PAUL RYAN TO JAKE TAPPER: “WE HAVE THE VOTES”…
Despite criticism from Republican colleagues, and indications that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will not support it, Ryan says he is confident the budget deal will have the votes to pass. "We will. We feel good about that, we feel good with where we are," he said in an interview with CNN's ‘The Lead with Jake Tapper.’ … "Others would like us to go farther in that right direction, I don't begrudge them of that, I want to go farther in that right direction. But I think this is a step in the right direction,"
Washington (CNN) - John Podesta, the Democratic wise man brought on by President Barack Obama to assist on health care and climate issues, won't advise the President when he decides whether or not to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The decision to abstain from the Keystone decision-making was Podesta's suggestion, the White House said Wednesday, and was made because the former Clinton chief of staff has made his opposition to the project known.
(CNN) - Congressional negotiators reached a bipartisan budget compromise on Tuesday that would prevent another government shutdown, if approved by the House and Senate.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan forged the deal with his Senate counterpart, Patty Murray.FULL STORY
(CNN) – The House approved legislation on Wednesday that would take $126 million in federal money set aside over 10 years for political conventions and apply it to pediatric cancer research.
The bipartisan Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act passed over the strong objections of senior Democrats, who opposed it as a publicity stunt that papers over billions in spending cuts for federal cancer research.
Washington (CNN) - Three Republican Senators who are considered possible contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination are all thumbs down on a bipartisan budget compromise that would prevent another government shutdown if approved by Congress.
Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Ted Cruz of Texas are critical of the deal struck Tuesday between House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, last year's GOP vice presidential nominee, and his Senate counterpart, Democrat Patty Murray, that would set spending levels, reduce the deficit, and relieve some of the forced spending cuts known as sequestration.
Washington (CNN) – In the face of mounting criticism, President Barack Obama announced last month that he would allow insurance companies to renew so-called "subpar" plans for existing customers. But nearly a month later, not everyone is seeing the benefit of this policy change.
CNN spoke with four people in the days and weeks that followed the president's announcement to see how they have been affected. Their results are varied, and for some of them, the future remains uncertain.FULL STORY
(CNN) - It may be the only redeeming part of cramming into airplane with a hundred strangers during holiday travel - no one can talk on cell phone. And a new national poll indicates Americans want to keep it that way.
The Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposal to lift a ban on the use of cell phones on airlines to give flyers the same access to communication services as they have on the ground.
(CNN) - The government has been cagey about revealing how much money has been spent to fix HealthCare.gov, but today officials revealed the overall price tag for the troubled Obamacare website has increased by $47 million.
In Washington jargon, it is called an “increase in the total amount obligated” rather than a price hike. But the end, result is the same.
(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner lashed out at grassroots conservative groups opposed to a compromise budget deal, accusing them on Wednesday of "using our members and using the American people for their own goals."
The Speaker said their actions were "ridiculous" and noted some of them came out against the bipartisan budget agreement even before it was announced on Tuesday.