(CNN) - Nicolle Wallace, a senior advisor to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and communications director for President George W. Bush, has inked a book deal and will have her first novel published in October.
The book "follows the first female President of the United States […] and her staff as they take on dangerous threats from abroad and within her very own cabinet," according to a release by her publisher, Atria Books. It is entitled "Eighteen Acres," a reference to the size of the White House grounds.
The House voted to hike the debt ceiling by $1.9 trillion to $14.294 trillion. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)
New York (CNNMoney.com) - The House on Thursday approved a record-level increase in the cap on how much the government can borrow.
The House also approved a measure that imposes tougher budget rules on lawmakers.
The votes, which broke down largely along party lines, come one week after the Senate approved both measures.
The House voted to hike the debt ceiling by $1.9 trillion to $14.294 trillion.
The debt limit hike is expected to cover the Treasury's borrowing needs past the November mid-term elections and into 2011. That means lawmakers up for re-election won't need to take another politically sensitive vote before the polls open.
(CNN) - At the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, President Barack Obama spoke out against proposed legislation in Uganda. Issuing a call for common ground, the president blasted the proposal to penalize homosexuality, calling it "odious."
Fact Check: What penalities would homosexuals face under the proposed law in Uganda?
(Get the facts and the bottom line after the jump)
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama later this month, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday.
Gibbs declined to give a specific date.
The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, has speaking engagements scheduled in the United States in late February and in May.
Earlier this week, China warned that ties between two of the world's superpowers would be strained if Obama met with the Dalai Lama.
"It will seriously undermine the foundation of Sino-U.S. political relations," said Zhu Weiqun, a Communist Party official who is in charge of talks with representatives of the Dalai Lama. "We will take corresponding action to make relevant countries see their mistakes."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama says the federal government is wasting money by paying banks to offer student loans, and wants to cut out what he calls "middlemen" who cost taxpayers billions, and to use the savings to expand other financial aid programs.
"It turns out that right now a lot of the student loan programs are still run through financial institutions and banks. So you got this middleman, and they get billions of dollars per year managing loans that are guaranteed by the federal government," Obama said at a New Hampshire event Tuesday. Obama said those middlemen "are essentially taking no risks, and yet they're still extracting these huge profits."
Read the facts and the bottom line after the jump:
Washington (CNN) – College football's Tim Tebow, a Heisman trophy winner, attended the National Prayer Breakfast with President Barack Obama Thursday and delivered the closing prayer, continuing his foray into the political spotlight.
Tebow recently came under fire for appearing in an issues-oriented ad that will run during Sunday's Superbowl game. The ad will feature Tebow and his mother Pam recounting the decision to continue her pregnancy with Tim despite recommendations from doctors to do otherwise.
The prayer breakfast was organized by the group, Fellowship Foundation, which has been linked to a controversial anti-gay law in Uganda.
Introduced by Rep. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, Tebow joked, "It is rather incredible that a Georgia Bulldog invited a Florida Gator, so you can see the hand of God here."
Washington (CNN) - White House press secretary Robert Gibbs Thursday defended the number of formal press conferences, or lack thereof, held by President Obama in recent months.
CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian asked Gibbs why Obama has been unavailable for questioning by the White House press corps over the past six months.
"He has taken questions at different press avails from a whole host of reporters," said Gibbs. "We've done a countless number of interviews, more interviews in the first year than any other president in recent memory. He enjoys the format, we just haven't done one in a while."
(CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday tried to knock down Republican criticism of how the case of accused "Undiebomber" Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab was handled, pointing out that previous suspects went through civilian courts without GOP objections.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, asked Holder last week to explain the decision to put AbdulMutallab before a judge rather than a military tribunal. In a Sunday appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" and a Wednesday speech to the Heritage Foundation, McConnell called the decision to try suspected terrorists before civilian courts a "mistake."
But in his response to McConnell, Holder told the GOP leader that similar procedures "were not criticized when employed by previous administrations."
"The decision to charge Mr. AbdulMutallab in federal court, and the methods used to interrogate him, are fully consistent with the long-established and publicly known policies and practices of the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the United States government as a whole, as implemented for many years by administrations of both parties," Holder wrote, citing a series of Bush administration decisions to support his argument.
Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) – A federal immigration judge will decide Thursday whether President Barack Obama's aunt, who has been in the United States illegally for years, will be allowed to stay.
Zeituni Onyango, 57, is the half-sister of the president's late father.
She arrived at the court here in a wheelchair and testified before Judge Leonard Shapiro for two and a half hours about her asylum request, her representative Amy Cohn told CNN.
Two doctors, including her personal physician, are also testifying on her behalf. Onyango's medical condition is part of her legal defense against expulsion.