Washington (CNN) - Rhode Island Rep. Jim Langevin, who is a quadriplegic, will be the first person in a wheelchair to preside over the House of Representatives Monday.
A series of lifts and platforms will allow the Democrat to get in the Speaker's chair position on the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act. The House will take up a resolution in honor of the anniversary later in the evening.
In addition to installing the lifts, the gavel has also been altered – a smaller version was fashioned with a hook and a Velcro attachment that can attach the gavel to Rep Langevin's hand.
The congressman was paralyzed as a teenager while on a Boy Scout Explorer program at a local police department when a gun accidently discharged. The congressman credits the community support he received following his injury for inspiring him to go into public service.
(CNN) - The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is going on the offensive against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of risking the livelihoods of American workers in order to score political points.
In a video published on YouTube and set to be projected onto the side of buildings Monday night in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, the union charges McConnell is holding up federal funding for his own state to keep from adding to the national debt.
"Tell Mitch McConnell: stop playing politics with state budgets and people's lives," a message says in the 30-second video.
The organization also ran a full-page ad in McConnell's hometown newspaper featuring editorials from eight newspapers that advocate congressional action to help states ward off unemployment.
Washington (CNN) - Classified military documents posted by WikiLeaks contained no major new revelations, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.
"In terms of broad revelations, there aren't any that we see in these documents," Gibbs said.
However, Gibbs said the public posting of names of military personnel and their sources, as well as details of operations, could do harm.
Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich will deliver a major national security address at the conservative American Enterprise Institute on Thursday in which he will reprimand the Obama administration's "willful blindness" to the threat of extremist Islam.
The speech - a direct challenge to the president's foreign policy judgement at a venue that's become an important stopover for Republican luminaries - is the latest sign that Gingrich is serious about a potential White House bid in 2012.
Gingrich "will warn," according to a synopsis of the event, "that now is the time to awaken from self-deception about the nature of our enemies and rebuild a bipartisan commitment, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, to defend America."
Never one to shy away from his somewhat professorial reputation, Gingrich plans to draw on "the lessons of Camus and Orwell" to explain "the dangers of a wartime government that uses language and misleading labels to obscure reality."
Washington (CNN) - Only a quarter of Americans are angry about the number of illegal immigrants in the country, according to a new national poll. But the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that nearly three-fourths of the public are dissatisfied on the same issue.
Twenty-three percent of people questioned in the poll say they are angry, with 51 percent adding they are dissatisfied, one in five saying they are satisfied on the issue and six percent saying pleased."
"Anger is highest among blue-collar white men," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Thirty-seven percent of white men with no college degree say they are angry about illegal immigration. That figure drops to 27 percent among white women with no college degree, and to 15 percent among whites who graduated from college."
The poll's Monday release comes three days before the scheduled implementation of a new tough and controversial immigration law in Arizona. The measure, signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April, requires police to question people about their status if they have been detained for another reason and if there is reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally. It also targets those who hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transport them.
(CNN) - A new poll in Missouri provides more evidence that President Barack Obama and his administration's agenda are hurting more than helping Democratic candidates running in moderate to conservative states in this year's midterm elections.
The president's approval rating stands at 34 percent in Missouri, according to a new Mason-Dixon survey conducted for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KMOV-TV, with 57 percent saying they disapprove of the job Obama's doing in the White House.
The poll, released over the weekend, also indicates that in the battle for Missouri's vacant Senate seat, seven-term Republican Rep. Roy Blunt leads Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan 48 percent to 42 percent, with one in ten likely voters undecided.
(CNN) – Republican Rep. Zach Wamp of Tennessee wants to make one thing clear: If elected governor, the Volunteer State will remain part of the United States.
"Of course we will not secede from the union," Wamp told reporters at a campaign stop in Franklin, Tennessee over the weekend, according to the Associated Press. "But we will also not have a governor who will cave in to Barack Obama."
"I hope that the American people will go to the ballot box in 2010 and 2012 so that states are not forced to consider separation from this government," Wamp told the Hotline.
(CNN) - With just over two weeks until Colorado's primary, a leading Republican Senate candidate who enjoys strong support from the Tea Party movement is apologizing for calling Tea Party activists "dumbasses."
The Denver Post and 9News reported Sunday that GOP Senate hopeful Ken Buck was caught on tape saying "will you tell those dumbasses at the Tea Party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I'm on camera."
Buck, who was recorded without his permission by a Democratic operative while arriving at a campaign event last month in Crowley, Colorado, was referring to Tea Party activists who question the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate. As he continued to walk with the Democratic operative, Buck added "God, what am I supposed to do?"
The audio was obtained by the the Denver Post, which links to the audio clip in their on-line report, and 9News, a local news station in Denver.
(CNN) - "The Jersey Shore" may be a hit for MTV, but the Garden State's governor is making clear he's no fan of the raunchy reality show.
Appearing on ABC's This Week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday that not only is the show "unrealistic," but also "negative for New Jersey."
"What it does is it takes a bunch of New Yorkers, who are - most of the people on 'Jersey Shore' are New Yorkers - takes a bunch of New Yorkers, drops them at the Jersey shore, and tries to make America feel like this is New Jersey," Christie said.