Washington (CNN) - I was one nervous little cub reporter when I had my first sit-down interview with Sen. Ted Stevens way back in June 1997, shortly after he had taken over as chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee.
The Alaska Republican always seemed so gruff and hot-tempered - especially at an Appropriations Committee hearing weeks earlier where he warned Democrats he was far different than his predecessor as chairman, mild-mannered Sen. Mark Hatfield, R-Oregon.
"Sen. Hatfield had the patience of Job and the disposition of a saint. I don't," Stevens shouted into the microphone, adding: "I'm a mean, miserable SOB."
Washington (CNN)- Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the Democrats' number two man in the Senate, underwent surgery Thursday to remove a small, potentially cancerous tumor from his stomach, his office announced.
Durbin's doctors said the mass was completely removed during surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and there was no sign of cancer in the senator's stomach or esophagus, according to the statement. A Durbin spokesman said there was "no evidence that the tumor had spread beyond the site from which it was removed."
A full biopsy will be conducted, but his office said "preliminary biopsy results demonstrate a favorable prognosis." According to the statement, doctors said they did not expect further treatment to be needed after his recovery.
(CNN) - "Just too extreme," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's campaign calls Republican challenger Sharron Angle in a new ad.
The ad features Bill Ames, President of the Peace Officers Research Association of Nevada and a self- identified Republican, saying Angle "goes way over the line."
The ad uses a January 14th radio interview in which Angle said, 'If this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking towards those 2nd Amendment remedies."
"Look, I'm a member of the the NRA and a Republican," Ames says, "but that kind of talk is dangerous and way too extreme."
TOPICS: Obama, generic ballot, midterm elections, mood of the country
(CNN) - New York Democrat Charlie Rangel, under fire for alleged financial wrongdoing and harming the credibility of Congress, defiantly declared Thursday that nothing "will stop me from clearing my name from these vile and vicious charges."
Among other things, Rangel has been accused of using his influence to solicit donations for a college policy center bearing his name from corporate heads and others with business before the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
(CNN) - Despite two ongoing, high-profile ethics investigations of two senior House Democrats, more than half of all Americans say most Democrats in Congress are ethical, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll.
Fifty-three percent of respondents say most Democrats are ethical; 52 percent feel the same way about Congressional Republicans.
"In 2006, when the Republicans had a number of congressional ethics investigations, the Democrats had a seven-point edge on that question," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "Those numbers may change if either case drags on in public for a long time."
TOPICS: Are congressional Democrats and Republicans ethical?
On Thursday, the Senate passed a measure to provide $600 million in emergency funding for border security. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)
Washington (CNN) - Two senators - Democrats Charles Schumer of New York and Ben Cardin of Maryland - returned from their August recess Thursday to give the chamber's approval for $600 million in emergency funding to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border.
The measure, which has already been approved by the House of Representatives, now advances to President Barack Obama's desk. Obama is expected to sign it on Friday
The bill passed by unanimous consent, a parliamentary term for a voice vote that doesn't require the return of the entire Senate chamber. GOP leaders had agreed to the maneuver.
(CNN) - A former aide to New York Gov. David Paterson, whose alleged attack on a former girlfriend led to cover-up allegations against the governor, has been charged with assault, authorities said Thursday.
The charges against David Johnson relate to the October 2009 non-fatal incident during which Johnson allegedly choked his girlfriend.
Johnson will be arraigned Thursday, according to Steven Reed, a spokesman for the Bronx District Attorney's Office.
In July, a retired judge tasked by the New York Attorney General to investigate the incident and its alleged cover-up recommended charges against Johnson, but not Paterson.
The hard-charging storm that moved through Washington, DC Thursday morning didn’t spare the White House.
Massive winds took down a large fence currently used to separate members of the media from construction currently under way.