Washington (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been admitted to a hospital in Washington after reporting he wasn't feeling well.
A spokesman said he saw his doctors Friday afternoon at George Washington University, and upon their advice, was admitted for further tests.
Spokesman Peter Long says Cheney is expected to remain in the hospital over the weekend.
Cheney has a history of heart trouble, but the cause of the discomfort wasn't disclosed.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama nominated Ambassador James Jeffrey, currently the U.S. ambassador to Turkey, to be the next ambassador to Iraq on Friday.
Jeffrey has served as ambassador to Turkey since November 2008. He also served as special advisor to the Secretary of State for Iraq in Washington and was Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d'Affaires in Baghdad. He is replacing Christopher Hill, who began serving as ambassador in April 2009. It's not clear what called for the replacement.
Washington (CNN) - One million votes have been cast through the House GOP's YouCut website, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor announced Friday.
YouCut, a site launched May 12, allows the public to vote on which programs they think the government should eliminate. Each week, five spending cuts are proposed on the GOP Whip's website. The proposal that receives a majority of votes during a particular week is then brought to the House floor for an up-or-down vote.
New boom was placed in the water in Cocodrie, Louisiana Thursday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
(CNN) - The U.S. Department of Justice has a filed a motion asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to stay, pending appeals, a district court judge's order blocking the government's moratorium on deepwater drilling.
Washington (CNN) - Like Dr. Evil learned in the Austin Powers movies, a billion dollars isn't quite what it used to be.
This weekend's G8 and G-20 summits are expected to top $1 billion in costs. At such a large price tag, it's reasonable to ask if the meetings are worth it. But according to former top White House aides, even with the hefty price the meetings more than pay for themselves in both tangible and intangible ways.
According to David Gergen, who worked for five presidents and has participated in several of these summits, the world has already seen a return on the current $1 billion investment.
Washington (CNN) - Top White House officials expressed confidence Friday that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will earn the respect and votes of senators during her confirmation hearings, which begin next week.
In a conference call with reporters, senior political aide David Axelrod dismissed suggestions Kagan's lack of judicial experience and political service in two Democratic administrations will hurt her chances to sit on the high court.
"We know it's an extremely polarized political climate, and we are preparing to make a vigorous case," for her confirmation, he said. "We are prepared and she is certainly prepared to respond. And we anticipate once the hearings are done, she'll take her seat on the court."
Washington (CNN) - Gen. David Petraeus intends to undertake a sweeping review of American military operations in Afghanistan - including the rules of engagement for troops - if he is confirmed by the Senate as the top U.S. commander in that country, U.S. military officials told CNN Friday.
President Obama joined the other world leaders who are part of the G-8 along with two leaders from the European Union in Ontario, Canada Friday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Toronto, Ontario (CNN) - President Obama arrived in Ontario on Friday for a series of high-stakes economic meetings with leaders from around the world.
Obama, who was greeted in Toronto by America's ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson, is set to meet first with his counterparts in the G-8 nations, followed a broader G-20 summit over the weekend.
The meetings are taking place against a backdrop of continued economic uncertainty, with demands for more government stimulus balanced against fears of runaway deficits. At home, the Obama administration is struggling to push a new economic relief package through an increasingly skittish, debt-wary Congress. Overseas - particularly in Europe - leaders are increasingly being forced to enact unpopular fiscal austerity measures.
Also hovering over this weekend's meetings is the specter of protests and violence, which have plagued other recent meetings of world economic leaders.
Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden is headed to the Gulf Coast region Tuesday to "assess efforts to counter the BP oil spill," according to the White House.
The Vice President is scheduled to visit the National Incident Command Center in New Orleans, and will also tour the Florida panhandle. The White House says additional details will be released in the coming days.
In a news conference Friday, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the government's point man overseeing spill recovery efforts, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and environmental advisor Carol Browner will also visit the region next week.