President Obama on Thursday signed a $17.6 billion job-creation bill. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)
The Department of Justice has issued subpoenas to at least six Las Vegas businesses as part of a criminal investigation into whether Nevada Sen. John Ensign used his influence to financially benefit a former aide, according to a Las Vegas television station.
CNN affiliate KLAS reports the DOJ issued several subpoenas March 8 as part of an investigation that arose after Ensign admitted to an affair with the aide's wife.
CNN has not yet independently verified this report.
Washington (CNN) - The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Democrats' revised health care bill will cost $940 billion over the next 10 years, two House Democratic sources told CNN Thursday.
The bill cuts the deficit by $130 billion during that period of time, according to the sources, and would reduce the deficit by another $1.2 trillion in the following decade.
The measure extends health insurance coverage to 32 million Americans, helping to guarantee that 95 percent of Americans will be covered, the sources said. It also reduces Medicare expenditures by 1.4 percent annually while extending Medicare's solvency by at least 9 years, they added.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California, told CNN that the CBO estimates are "better than expected."
Waxman said that many of the remaining undecided House Democrats have been concerned about the bill's impact on future federal deficits.
The CBO estimates "will go a long way to get them to feel comfortable with the legislation," he predicted.
GOP leaders said the new CBO estimates had not changed their opinion of the bill, which they vehemently oppose.
The Democrats are "still going to spend a trillion dollars to impose government health care on the American people," said House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.
(CNN) - Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will travel to Haiti next week to meet with government officials and others involved in relief efforts after January's massive earthquake.
The two former presidents will make the trip on behalf of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, established to raise money for long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in the impoverished nation, according to a statement from the fund Thursday.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake January 12 killed at least 220,000 people and demolished large parts of Port-au-Prince, the nation's capital. About 300,000 people were injured and 1 million were left homeless, the government said.
In the aftermath of the January earthquake, President Barack Obama asked President Clinton and President Bush to raise funds for high-impact relief and recovery efforts to help those who are most in need of assistance," said the fund's statement. "In response, the two presidents established the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to respond to unmet needs in the country, foster economic opportunity, improve the quality of life over the long term for those affected and assist the people of Haiti as they rebuild their lives and 'build back better.' "
(CNN) - Tom Foley, the former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, has a big lead over his Republican gubernatorial rivals in Connecticut, according to a new poll released Thursday.
The Quinnipiac University survey suggests Foley has 30 percent of the vote while none of his competitors get more than four percent of the vote. Fifty percent of Republicans are undecided.
Meanwhile, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont holds a 28 to 18 point lead over his nearest competitor, Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy. Forty-four percent of Democrats said they were undecided.
Lamont won the Democratic nomination for U.S. senator in 2006 but lost in the general election to Joe Lieberman. Lieberman ran as an independent candidate after losing the Democratic primary.
Moscow, Russia (CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Russia on Thursday to jump-start talks on two diplomatic fronts: a new nuclear treaty between the countries and the stalled Mideast peace process.
Clinton will spend Thursday in talks with senior Russian officials, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Both sides have expressed optimism that they can reach a long-delayed agreement to reduce their nuclear warheads to about 1,500 each before an international summit on nuclear non-proliferation in Washington next month.
The two sides have been trying to negotiate a successor to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which expired in December.
Washington (CNN) – The House is expected to vote this week on the health care bill passed by the Senate in December.
The Senate bill is unpopular among some House Democrats because it doesn't include a public health care coverage option favored by liberals, while some moderate House Democrats object to what they say are provisions that would allow more federal funding for abortions.
Here's the latest on where the debate stands: