Washington (CNN) – In the wake of the gains by Republicans in last week's election, the prospects for a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" appear to be diminishing daily.
Over the weekend, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that while he continues to support the repeal of the policy, which bans openly gay troops from serving, he does not see it as a foregone conclusion.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is walking back remarks he made on conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's show last month in which he called President Obama "one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times."
In an interview with CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room, Issa initially said, 'It was a campaign and I make no bones about it - if I had to do it over again I'd have parsed my words a little more carefully."
(CNN) - Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus told a local Chamber of Commerce group last week that the candidates backed by the Tea Party and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may be to blame for the Republican Party's failure to take back control of the Senate in last week's midterm elections.
"The Senate would be Republican today except for states (in which Palin endorsed candidates) like Christine O'Donnell in Delaware," Bachus said, according to the Shelby County Reporter. "Sarah Palin cost us control of the Senate."
(CNN) – The Kardashians are apparently not must see television for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Clinton tossed a barb at the Kardashians when asked about the way America is perceived by the rest of the world during an interview with Australian radio hosts Hamish and Andy at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Washington (CNN) – Three senior House GOP leadership sources told CNN on Monday that they are planning to add a leadership slot for a freshman member.
Two of the sources said that South Dakota's Kristi Noem has expressed interest in the leadership post and appears to have the backing of the current GOP leadership.
Washington (CNN) – To no one's surprise, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected the first constitutional challenge to the sweeping health care reform effort championed by President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress.
The justices without comment refused to get involved at this early stage, while various state and federal challenges are continuing. The high court rarely accepts cases before they have been thoroughly reviewed by lower courts.
(CNN) - Jeb Bush for president isn't happening – at least in 2012, according to his older ex-president brother.
Though many White House aspirants fend off early questions about running for the Oval Office, former President George Bush says "no" means "no" when it comes to his brother.
Washington (CNN) - A new poll suggests that GOP Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah may be looking over his shoulder for a 2012 challenge, and not just from the Democrats.
A Salt Lake Tribune/Mason-Dixon survey released Monday indicates that a plurality of likely voters in Utah favor electing a fresh face for Utah's U.S. Senate seat in 2012.
(CNN) – Republican Tom Foley, the Connecticut gubernatorial candidate, has conceded defeat to Democrat Dan Malloy.