(CNN) – U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute Thursday to American troops who 60 years ago fought a Communist regime that he said continues to be a provocative threat to peace in the region.
Speaking on Veterans Day at the U.S. Army garrison in Yongsan, South Korea, the president drew parallels between America's ally and North Korea.
(CNN) – Tea-Party favorite and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann dropped out of the race for House Republican conference chair Wednesday night, avoiding what could have been a divisive bid against Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling for the No. 3 spot in the House GOP leadership.
Rep. Bachmann, the chairwoman of the Tea Party caucus who had hoped to use her popularity in the influential movement to gain a leadership post, ultimately voiced her support for establishment-backed Hensarling Wednesday in a statement.
Juneau, Alaska (CNN) – Officials in Alaska have released fresh numbers in the nation's last, undecided Senate battle.
The numbers look good for GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the write-in candidate, and could be a sign of trouble for her opponent, Republican Joe Miller.
(CNN) – A potential 2012 presidential candidate is feeding the flames.
Former Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum told Politico Wednesday that most of the buzzed about candidates aren't Tea Party candidates. On the other hand, he said he and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson come close.
Juneau, Alaska (CNN) - Observers who are following the drama in the nation's last, undecided Senate battle may want to re-arrange their weekend plans.
An official tells CNN that Alaska's write-in ballot count, that began on Wednesday, could stretch into the weekend. Officials had previously thought it could be wrapped up on Friday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The federal government on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to back an appellate panel's ruling that would allow the military to temporarily continue enforcing its "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bans openly gay and lesbian soldiers.
Acting Solicitor General Neal Kumar Katyal argued in the government motion that the justices should reject a request by the Log Cabin Republicans to reinstate a federal judge's injunction against the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
(CNN) - President Obama said he wants to meet with the freshman class of governors, and the country's first female Hispanic governor-elect said she knows what she wants to say to him.
"I certainly want him to focus in on New Mexico and the issues of, one, creating jobs… reviving our economy, but also on the border," Republican Governor-elect Susana Martinez said in an interview set to air on CNN's John King, USA Wednesday. "We must secure our border."
(CNN) - According to a new Gallup poll, House Minority Leader John Boehner is having a good week. His approval rating has improved following the 2010 midterm elections by seven points, from 27 to 34 percent.
Two weeks before the election, Boehner's approval rating matched the number of Americans who'd never heard of him–27 percent. In the days following the Republican takeover of the House, 4 in 10 say they have no opinion or have never heard of him, which is statistically unchanged since before the election, according to Gallup.
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail, there's always something that gets a laugh. Here are some of the things you might have missed.
The Financial Times reports that former President George W. Bush is alleged to have told a group in 2008 that he "probably won't even vote for the guy," referring to Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.
And the zinger: "I had to endorse him. But I'd have endorsed Obama if they'd asked me," according to a blog post on the Times' website.
New York (CNNMoney.com) – In a surprise move Wednesday, the co-chairmen of President Obama's fiscal commission publicly released their preliminary proposals to curb growth in U.S. debt.
The report recommends spending cuts beginning in 2012, as well as tax reform and other ways to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade.