Washington (CNN) - Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California has chosen to face a House ethics trial rather than accept a finding of wrongdoing by the House ethics committee, according to a source familiar with the process.
The ethics committee has been looking into whether Waters violated any House rules when she helped arrange a meeting in September 2008 between a bank she and her husband had ties to financially and Treasury Department officials.
The bank was seeking federal assistance. Waters is a senior member of the House Financial Services committee.
Waters met with the House ethics committee Wednesday evening, but she declined to comment to CNN when she left the meeting.
If Waters' trial goes forward, she would be undergoing the same sort of procedure begun just this week for another prominent House Democrat, Rep. Charles Rangel of New York.
Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed legislation Friday which would lift the current $75 million liability cap for oil spills while imposing new safety standards for offshore drilling.
The Senate has yet to act, however, so the prospects for final oil spill and energy legislation are unclear.
The House measure passed by a vote of 209 to 193.
The entire town has been sworn to secrecy, but many storefront windows bear signs saying "Congratulations Marc & Chelsea" and similar messages.
"You could make a case that this is the most significant thing to happen in Rhinebeck since Washington's army drove the British out of Rhinebeck back in the 1700s," said Jim Langon, editor of the Hudson Valley News newspaper, who was the first to report that the wedding would take place there.
The parents of the bride, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Clinton, were seen arriving at a formal dinner at the Beekman Arms Inn in Rhinebeck on Friday night.
Also attending were former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, presidential adviser Vernon Jordan and numerous young couples presumed to be friends of the bride and groom.
"This is the wedding of the century," wedding planner Tatiana Byron said.
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
Iowa 3rd – Rep. Leonard Boswell (D) is seeking an 8th term
Primary: June 8, 2010
Location: Des Moines/Central Iowa
Days until Election Day: 94
Washington (CNN) - A popular target of Republicans looking to pick off a seat in the Midwest is Rep. Leonard Boswell, a seven-term Democrat who has had some close calls in recent election cycles. In 2008, he won re-election with 56 percent of the vote after outspending his opponent by almost 10 to 1. In 2006, when Democrats picked up 30 House seats and every House Democrat won re-election, Boswell eked out 52 percent of the vote against a state senator who nearly outspent him.
The presidential motorcade filled a D.C. street Friday night as the president and his family visited the International Spy Museum. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Washington (CNN) – Well, it seems that sometimes even the first family wants to take in Washington’s tourist attractions.
President Obama, the first lady, daughter Sasha, and an unidentified friend of Sasha’s made an impromptu visit Friday night to Washington’s International Spy Museum.
Washington (CNN) - Delivering this week's Republican internet and radio address, Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Nebraska, discusses a number of new policies and laws which the GOP says hurt - rather than help - small businesses.
"Isn’t it time, Mr. President, to tone down the rhetoric and to govern?," Johanns says in the weekly GOP address.
Johanns adds, "You talk about creating jobs and that sounds good, but your policies just do the opposite – with a fiercely anti-business tone."
(Read Johanns' full remarks after the jump)
Washington (CNN) - President Obama used his weekly internet and radio address to discuss the auto industry's future and to press for passage of the Small Business Jobs Act, a measure which Obama says Senate Republicans are blocking.
(Read Obama's full remarks after the jump)