(CNN) - As questions about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's presidential ambitions swirl, her remarks to a group of Pennsylvania students Tuesday night certainly did little to dispel the rumors.
Palin began her remarks at the Plumstead Christian School's Founders Forum by complimenting a student who had just finished performing, asking if he would like to sing at an inauguration, and then added, "not necessarily mine," as the crowd cheered.
(CNN) - Alaska election officials will begin counting write-in ballots Wednesday despite a federal court challenge by the campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller, state director Gail Fenumiai said.
The complaint filed in federal court Tuesday afternoon asks Fenumiai's office to "adhere" to state law in the counting of write-in ballots, limiting what the suit called "subjective" voter intent rules that were issued this week.
Washington (CNN) - The chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus said Tuesday that two African-American Republicans elected to Congress last week were welcome to join the group, but one of the new members-elect - Tim Scott of South Carolina - indicated he would decline.
"I grew up in an environment where we were just very much integrated, and life worked out really well," Scott told reporters Tuesday. "I think the best for America is finding a way to fuse all of our communities together and erase all those lines that separate us."
(CNN) – Two House Democrats are circulating a letter asking Democratic leaders to push their party's leadership elections for the next Congress until December.
Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D- Ohio) and Peter Defazio (D-Oregon) say in the letter that the "historic results" of the Democrat's 60-seat loss in the House is one reason to push back leadership selection.
(CNN) - In some post-election hardball between the Obama administration and newly-elected Republicans, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is threatening to take back stimulus funds from states if they do not follow through on proposed rail projects.
CNN obtained copies of letters LaHood sent to incoming Republican governors in Ohio and Wisconsin who have stated their opposition to rail projects already underway in their states. In the letters, LaHood said a rail link between Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati in Ohio, and a high-speed rail connection between Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are vital to economic growth in both regions.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, said Tuesday that he and several newly elected Tea Party-backed Republican senators will try to force GOP senators to give up earmarks altogether. The move is a direct challenge to Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and other senior GOP senators who support earmarking funds for home state projects.
A vote on the proposal is expected next Tuesday when the Senate Republican Conference meets in the Capitol to formally elect its leaders and adopt GOP rules for the upcoming session of Congress.
(CNN) - Republican Tom Emmer said he plans to move forward with a vote recount in the undecided Minnesota gubernatorial race.
Emmer trails Democrat Mark Dayton by just over 8,700 votes, but says he intends to "see the process through."
Washington (CNN) – Newly-minted Kentucky Republican Senator-elect Rand Paul is fighting a Wall Street Journal article that he says misquoted him as supporting the use of earmarks.
"I never, ever said I would earmark and I will not use the earmark," Paul said in an interview with CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room. "No matter what the Republican Caucus says or what anybody does, I will not put earmarks on bill."
Washington (CNN) – Multiple senior Democratic sources say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stepped into the battle between Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, for the number two Democratic leadership post, and is personally trying to negotiate a compromise. The sources say her goal is to avoid forcing the caucus to cast what many fear could be divisive votes.
"The speaker and everyone else think it's good to settle this quickly." said one of the senior Democratic sources with knowledge of the private conversations.
Washington (CNN) – A new survey suggests that Americans are split and conflicted about their opinion of the new health care reform law.
According to a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, 42 percent have a favorable opinion of the law, compared with four in ten who have an unfavorable view of the new measure. The survey indicates that roughly one-third of Americans are enthusiastic about the law, almost one-third are angry about it, but more than half are confused when it comes to health care reform.