Washington (CNN) - With Democrats like Eric Massa and Charlie Rangel stealing headlines, Republicans want to talk about ethics.
The Democratic National Committee is happy to oblige.
The DNC has launched a new TV ad, airing on cable channels in Washington, D.C., called "GOP: Racked by Scandal." The 30-second spot is a response to an ad launched earlier this week by the Republican National Committee, attacking Democrats over the ethics questions surrounding Massa and Rangel.
The new ad hits back at Republicans, flashing images of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who stepped down in 2005 under a cloud of legal problems.
Washington (CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN Friday that Israel's announcement of new settlement construction in disputed territory in East Jerusalem was "insulting" to the United States.
The Israeli announcement came during Vice President Joe Biden's visit this week to Israel. It complicated U.S. efforts to set up so-called proximity talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, the latest attempt to nudge the two sides back toward talking directly.
Washington (CNN) – White House press secretary Robert Gibbs made good on a bet with his Canadian counterpart Friday, showing up for his daily press briefing wearing an Olympic Team Canada jersey.
Gibbs lost a bet with Dimitri Soudas, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's press secretary, over the winner of the February 28 Canada-U.S. men's gold medal hockey game. Canada won the game in overtime, 3-2.
Gibbs' jersey had "39" on the back - the number worn by Ryan Miller, the starting goalie for the U.S. hockey team.
Gibbs quickly pulled off the Canadian jersey, however, to reveal a U.S. Olympic hockey jersey underneath.
Had the U.S. team won, Soudas would have been required to wear an American jersey at one of his briefings.
Gibbs said the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa had been instructed to deliver a case of Molson Canadian and Yuengling Lager to Harper's office. President Barack Obama and Harper wagered a case of beer on the gold medal game.
(CNN) - Dan Senor, a Defense Department adviser to former President George W. Bush, will announce within the next month whether he will run for the U.S. Senate in New York, multiple sources confirm to CNN.
Three sources, all prominent New York Republicans, also say that Senor is being encouraged by state party leaders to challenge Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Another source familiar with the situation tells CNN that Senor "is talking with state Republican leaders and that there are a lot of people pushing him to do it." The source adds that Senor "will make an announcement, either way, within a few weeks."
National Republicans are open to a potential Senor candidacy, but are not yet getting behind any specific candidate at this point in time, two additional sources tell CNN.
Senor, 38, is currently a private equity executive and author. He served as an adviser to Sen. Spencer Abraham of Michigan in the 1990's and worked for the Defense Department during the buildup to the Iraq war. After the invasion, Senor became an adviser and chief spokesman for Paul Bremer, the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.
Washington (CNN) - As the House gears up for a health care vote in the next 10 days, the top Republican in the House said he is confident Democrats "don't have the votes" right now to pass the reform bill.
"If they had the votes, then it would be law," said House Minority Leader John Boehner in an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley.
Democrats need 216 members of their 253 member caucus to vote in favor of the legislation, assuming no Republicans vote for it.
"They can pass this all on their own, the only bipartisanship involved in this town right now with regard to health care is there's bipartisan opposition to what they're attempting … If she had 216 votes, this bill would be long gone," Boehner said.
Watch Boehner's interview with Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union" this Sunday at 9am ET.
Washington (CNN) – House Democrats appear to be softening their pledge to allow the public 72 hours to review the health care reform package online before a House vote. "We will certainly give as much notice as possible, but I'm not going to say that 72 hours is going to be the litmus test," said Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Friday.
"The House bill or Senate bill, as proposed, has been online for some two-and-a-half months, otherwise known about 75 days," Hoyer added, referring to the November and December dates each chamber passed its version of health care legislation.
But Democrats could vote as soon as next week on a series of changes to the health care package - called a reconciliation bill - and the number two House Republican criticized Hoyer directly on House floor.
Washington (CNN) - Republicans continue to push for an in-depth investigation into former Democratic Rep. Eric Massa's alleged sexual harassment scandal - questioning when Democratic leaders knew, and whether they failed to act.
"Calls for additional investigations are ways to say that some people knew and they didn't act quickly enough - particularly the Speaker," said Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report. "This is about Massa, but they are trying make it more than that by bringing in other Democrats and the Democratic leadership. It's understandable and it's not unusual."
A report in The Washington Post said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office was notified of the situation within Massa's office in October by Joe Racalto, a top Massa aide, concerned about his boss' behavior. Pelosi said in published reports that she was notified about the sexual harassment claims on March 3.
(CNN) – The wife of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid underwent neck surgery Friday after being injured with their daughter in a four-vehicle wreck in suburban Washington a day earlier, her surgeon said.
Since the surgery, Landra Reid, 69, has been able "to get out of bed, her pain is well-controlled and she's able to swallow some," said Dr. Elizabeth Franco of Inova Fairfax Hospital.
She can move her arms and legs, but is expected to go through physical therapy before being released in a few days, Franco said.
Reid's wife broke her neck, a vertebra in her lower back and her nose, the doctor said.
The couple's adult daughter, Lana Reid Barringer of McLean, Virginia, suffered a neck injury and facial lacerations, the senator's spokesman, Jon Summers, said Thursday. Lana Reid was released from the hospital Thursday night.
Washington (CNN) – The Ohio truck driver charged with reckless driving in an accident that injured Sen. Harry Reid's wife and daughter has twice been convicted of speeding, and once for a vehicle registration violation, records show.
Alan W. Snader, 59, was convicted of speeding in 1998 and 2001, and of a registration violation in 2007, according to records CNN obtained from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The records do not give details of the infractions.
Records also show that he was involved in accidents in 1998 and 2004, but do not indicate if he was at fault.
On Thursday, Snader was charged with reckless driving after the tractor-trailer he was driving on I-95 in northern Virginia rear-ended a 2005 Honda Odyssey mini-van in a chain-reaction accident that involved two other vehicles.
Washington (CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to express unusually strong U.S. objections to new Israeli construction in disputed territory in East Jerusalem.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Clinton told the Israeli leader "the United States considers the announcement a deeply negative signal about Israel's approach to the bilateral relationship" with the United States.
"His action had undermined trust and confidence in the peace process and in America's interests," Crowley said, describing the discussion.