(CNN) - Rep. Mike Castle who lost the Republican Senate nomination in Delaware has decided not to launch a write-in bid for the seat.
"While I would have been honored to represent Delaware in the U.S. Senate, I do not believe that seeking office in this manner is in the best interest of all Delawareans," Castle said in a statement released Wednesday night.
In the statement Castle declined to endorse either candidate now running.
(CNN) - Freshman Rep. Walt Minnick of Idaho is the latest House Democrat to distance himself from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying he hasn't decided if he would back Pelosi again for speaker.
"I'm going to have to see who's running," Minnick responded when asked whether he supports Pelosi.
But Minnick also seemed to send a signal he will consider a change in the leadership lineup even if Democrats retain the majority but lose House seats, saying " when a party loses seats, that leads to leadership changes."
(CNN) - House Democratic leaders barely headed off a revolt Wednesday from 39 moderate Democrats who sided with Republicans and voted against a procedural resolution that would let Congress adjourn before the midterm elections.
GOP leaders framed the measure as a de facto vote on agreeing to leave Washington without voting on whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts due to expire at the end of the year. The Democrats who split with their party face tough re-election battles and didn't want to give the GOP a political talking point by going on record that they were ready to leave without taking up the issue.
The measure ultimately passed 210-209, allowing Congress to officially leave town after it finishes business likely late Wednesday night. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who rarely votes on these routine resolutions, had to step in and break the tie.
Washington (CNNMoney.com) - On a 69 to 30 vote, the Senate Wednesday approved a $219 billion measure to keep the government operating until December 3.
The bill would fund the budget just $9 billion shy of current levels, due to savings in Census Bureau funding and military base closings. Most other government agencies and programs will be funded at current rates.
Now the bill goes to the House, which is expected to vote later Wednesday.
If Congress doesn't pass the funding bill, the federal government would shut down on Friday, which is the first day of fiscal year 2011. And that would have been hard for lawmakers to defend when they leave town this weekend to campaign for the November 2 midterm elections.
(CNN) - Democratic lawmakers scrambled Wednesday to wrap up an already truncated work session.
In the Capitol hallways, many of them made it clear they are anxious to get home with enough time to convince uneasy voters to keep them in office and their party in power.
"I'll really be glad to get home," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada who is in a tough re-election fight against Tea Party-backed Republican Sharron Angle. "I've spent a lot of time here working through the procedural morass that the Senate has become."
"I'm always more comfortable being at home," said Minnesota Democratic Rep. Tim Walz, who is in a close race for a third term. "Especially now making the case for why they should give me another shot at it and I think when I'm not there it's easier to say things that I can't defend."
(CNN) - Jerry Brown, the Democratic nominee for governor in California, has responded to allegations that GOP nominee Meg Whitman subjected her former housekeeper, Nicky Diaz-Santillan, to emotional and financial abuse.
"Once again, Meg Whitman has shown that she thinks the rules don't apply to her," Brown said in a statement. "From the start, Meg Whitman has failed to tell Californians the truth."
At a press conference today, Nicky Diaz said she was fired in 2009 for political reasons.
"Nicky Diaz has a compelling story, and it is our hope that she will be treated with respect and dignity as this story unfolds," Brown said.
Washington (CNN) - The president of the conservative watchdog group Media Research Center has responded to conservative activist James O'Keefe's attempt to embarrass CNN by misrepresenting himself and plotting to film a meeting with CNN investigative reporter Abbie Boudreau.
"The MRC unequivocally denounces James O'Keefe for his attempted assault on CNN. It isn't just childish and immature; it's ugly, dishonest and filthy," Brent Bozell said in a statement.
(CNN) - Several Republican lawmakers Wednesday urged Attorney General Eric Holder to immediately force states and counties which missed the deadline for mailing military absentee ballots to act promptly to ensure men and women in uniform can vote in time for the November election.
By law, military ballots were to have been sent by September 18th. The Senators led by Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, insisted the Justice Department "initiate immediate litigation to enforce voting rights law– otherwise many service members will not receive ballots in time," the GOP letter said.
The letter comes two days after the independent Military Voter Protection (MVP) Project informed the Justice Department that a survey of 14 states found two states and 13 counties had failed to meet the 45-day deadline prior to the election.