(CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a longtime ally of Rep. Charlie Rangel, said in a statement she has accepted his request for a leave of absence from the House Ways and Means chairmanship:
"Chairman Charlie Rangel has informed me of his request for a leave of absence from his duties and responsibilities as Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means. I will honor his request.
"I commend Chairman Rangel for his decades of leadership on jobs, health care, and the most significant economic issues of the day."
(CNN) - For the second straight day, a poll of New York State voters indicates they don't want Gov. David Paterson to resign, but support for the embattled governor to stick it out in office appears to be dropping.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday morning, 61 percent of people questioned say Paterson should finish out his term, which runs through the end of this year, with 31 percent calling for him to step down, in the wake of a political scandal that ended his hopes of running for a full term in office.
A Marist College Institute for Public Opinion survey released Tuesday morning indicated that 66 percent of New York State registered voters don't think Paterson should resign, with 28 percent of those questioned in the poll saying Paterson should step down.
Paterson announced Friday that he would not run for a full term this year. His announcement came in the wake of news reports that one of his top aides was involved in a domestic violence incident with a woman and that state police later pressured the woman to keep quiet. Paterson has asked New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a probable Democratic contender for the governor's office, to investigate the matter. Paterson has suspended the aide accused of domestic violence, David Johnson, without pay.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Charlie Rangel announced Wednesday that he intends to temporarily step aside as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
The 20-term New York Democrat told reporters he had submitted a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting a temporary leave of absence until the conclusion of a broad-reaching House ethics committee investigation.
Rangel had told reporters Tuesday night he had no plans to step aside from his powerful post. The Ways and Means Committee is responsible for drafting the nation's tax policies.
Washington (CNN) - Political junkies: Mark your calendars. And plan no vacations for the week of August 27, 2012.
The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday night that it will hold the Republican National Convention that week.
"I'm excited to take this important next step by announcing the dates for our 2012 Republican National Convention. With the possible host cities narrowed down to three, this is a proper time to announce the dates where we will formally determine our next Republican nominee," RNC Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement.
The remaining questioned to be answered: Where will the Republicans hold their convention?
Phoenix, Arizona; Tampa, Florida; and Salt Lake City, Utah, are the three finalists.
The RNC says that the 12 members of its site selection committee will visit the three cities later this month and early April as part of the decision-making process.
Tradition dictates that the party that controls the White House holds its convention after the party out of power.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Charlie Rangel will announce Wednesday that he is temporarily stepping down as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, a source has told CNN.
–CNN's Brianna Keilar contributed to this report
Dallas, Texas (CNN) - Bill White, the former Houston mayor, isn't just Rick Perry's Democratic opponent in the Texas governor's race.
He's Perry's polar opposite.
Bald, diminutive and soft-spoken, White offers a stark contrast to the swaggering, movie-star-handsome governor. If Rick Perry is a modern-day conservative cowboy, White is a practical-minded accountant, eager to chat about education funding, balancing budgets and the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
"Maybe I'm not the most glamorous of all the candidates, but my words are my own and they are the words that I am hearing from the people of Texas," White declared during a campaign stop Monday in Dallas.
The president had Southern food in Georgia Tuesday and told reporters "Don't tell Michelle." (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
(CNN) – After his first presidential physical found an elevated cholesterol level, sweet tea and fried chicken are probably not what the doctor ordered. But that didn't stop President Obama from indulging in a lunch of Southern cuisine Tuesday in Savannah, Georgia, according to a pool report.
The president joked with reporters to keep quiet about his meal at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room, a local restaurant whose menu includes macaroni and cheese, collard greens, fried chicken and biscuits, among other traditional Southern dishes.
"I don't want any lectures about my cholesterol," he said, according to the pool report. "Don't tell Michelle."