(CNN) - South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson is recovering from gallbladder surgery on Tuesday, his office said in a statement.
"The surgery went exceedingly well," Johnson's doctor, Dr. Donald J. Wingert, said in a statement. "…The Senator is resting comfortably. All of our findings point to the gallbladder as the primary problem, but it is still possible that he is having some lingering effects from the antibiotic drug reaction."
The 63-year-old Democrat was admitted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Sunday after what his office said was a negative reaction to medication.
(CNN) - The man who has taken over the government agency that regulates off-shore drilling said Tuesday he can't see the Obama administration's ban on the practice "lasting longer than November 30."
"Obviously, we can't predict everything that we learn or everything that may happen in the outside world before then, but Secretary [Ken] Salazar thought that was an appropriate ending point. I see no information so far that would justify extending the moratorium... not impossible but unlikely," Michael Bromwich, the head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (the former Minerals Management Service), said in Mobile, Alabama.
(CNN) - The White House is tamping down recent statements from Press Secretary Robert Gibbs that targeted the "professional left" for not giving President Obama a sufficient amount of credit for the administration's accomplishments.
"I think what Gibbs was doing was having one conversation with one reporter and in response to questions about frustrations he answered honestly and it shouldn't be read anything more than that," spokesman Bill Burton told reporters Tuesday.
But Burton, who was filling in last minute for Gibbs at Tuesday's White House briefing, didn't deny the president himself grows frustrated at times with criticisms from liberal commentators.
(CNN) - Aviation gave and aviation took away throughout Ted Stevens' adult life.
The former U.S. senator, who died with several other people aboard a plane that crashed Monday night near Dillingham, Alaska, was a decorated Army Air Corps pilot during World War II, and the international airport in Anchorage, Alaska, was renamed in his honor in 2000.
Stevens survived the crash of a Learjet at that airport in 1978, but his first wife, Ann, and four other people perished. He remarried in 1980.
Often re-elected to the Senate with a share of the vote approaching 80 percent, Stevens served 40 years and 10 days and was the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history. (Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina was a Democrat for part of his 47-year tenure.)
Washington (CNN) - The state dinner crasher scandal may have pushed Desiree Rogers out of Washington but the former White House social secretary has found a soft landing in Chicago.
Rogers has accepted a position as Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc (JPC), according to a company statement. JPC is an African American owned and operated publishing company, which manages a portfolio that includes Ebony and Jet Magazines.
Rogers announced her intention to leave the social office 14 months into her tenure as social secretary. She had been charged with shaping the Obama brand when President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama first moved into the White House in January 2009.
(CNN) – Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, said on the House floor Tuesday that he has no intention of resigning from Congress.
"If it is the judgment of the people here that I should resign," then the ethics committee should expedite its consideration of the charges against him, he said.
But "I am not going away. I am here."
Rangel is facing 13 counts of ethics violations, including a failure to pay taxes and properly report income.
The House of Representatives has rejected a GOP measure that would have prevented the chamber from meeting in a lame duck session after this year's November midterm elections.
Key Republicans believe Democrats may attempt to use such a session to advance controversial legislation - an idea publicly rejected by Democratic leaders.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday blasted top Republicans in the House of Representatives for characterizing a $26 billion bill designed in part to reduce teacher layoffs as a special interest measure.
This "should not be a partisan issue," he said. Teacher layoffs "should not be a Democratic problem or a Republican problem. It's an American problem."
Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives approved $600 million in emergency funding Tuesday to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border.
The measure, which passed in a voice vote, will now advance to the Senate for final congressional approval before being signed into law by President Obama.
Senators passed a similar plan last week.
Among other things, the bill provides for roughly 1,500 new law enforcement agents, new unmanned aerial vehicles, new forwarding operating bases and $14 million in new communications equipment.