Washington (CNN) - Two new polls indicate that most Americans want President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans to compromise in order to get things done for the country.
According to a CBS News survey released Thursday, 72 percent of Americans say congressional Republicans should make tradeoffs in order to get things done, with just over one in five saying Republicans should stick to their positions. Thanks to the results of the midterm elections, the GOP will control the House of Representatives and will have a much larger minority in the Senate in the new Congress next year.
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:
Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel - better known in some political quarters as "Rahmbo" - found himself the target of an incoming egg during a stop Wednesday in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, NBC Chicago reports. The egg missed Emanuel, who is expected to make an official announcement soon that he's running for mayor - and the egg thrower remained unidentified, the TV station reported.
Juneau, Alaska (CNN) – For one side, the numbers in the write-in count here are encouraging. For the other, potentially daunting: nearly 98 percent for Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski – and 0.01 percent for GOP challenger Joe Miller.
Those are the current numbers in the dramatic write-in vote count in Alaska to decide the nation's last, undecided Senate race.
(CNN) – Some 200 service men and women stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany were greeted by a surprise server at a Veterans Day meal Thursday – first lady Michelle Obama.
"We are so grateful to all of you," she told the troops and their families. "Not just our service men and women, but their kids, wives, husbands and parents."
Washington (CNN) - The head of one of the best known national Tea Party groups predicts that a potential White House bid by Mitt Romney could face pushback from Tea Party activists because of the health care plan implemented in Massachusetts during Romney's term as the state's governor.
Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kremer, asked during an interview by David Brody on CBN's "The Brody File" if the Massachusetts health care situation will fly with Tea Party activists, responded by saying "Absolutely not. You can't get away from that."
Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."
Washington (CNN) - It took just eight days after the election for the two deficit commission chairmen to pounce. And the title page of their draft version of budget cuts doesn't mince words: "The problem is real - the solution is painful - There's no easy way out - Everything must be on the table - and Washington must lead."
How's that for an idea: Washington must lead!
Washington (CNN) – The White House is signaling that it is willing to negotiate on extending the Bush tax cuts, even for the wealthiest Americans, in order to deliver on its promise to extend tax cuts for middle class Americans.
In an interview with the Huffington Post on Wednesday, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod seemed to open the door to the extension of the cuts for American households making more than $250,000 a year, citing the poltical reality that has resulted from the loss of Democratic seats in Congress in last week's midterm elections.
(CNN) - She handily lost her bid for the Senate, but Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell says she's fielding plenty of other job offers.
Appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno - the Tea Party-backed candidate whose colorful comments rocketed her to the national stage but ultimately hindered her Senate hopes – said plenty of high-profile opportunities are knocking on her door.
Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin is by far the most recognized and also the most polarized of the potential 2012 Republican presidential contenders, according to a new national poll.
And an Associated Press-GfK survey conducted following the midterm elections also indicates that at this very early date in the next race for the White House, only a minority of Americans say President Barack Obama deserves to be re-elected.
Washington (CNN) - The release Wednesday of a draft proposal for reducing the federal deficit made clear how hard it will be to devise a sustainable plan that can win the necessary political support.
Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairmen of President Obama's federal deficit commission, offered up a wide-ranging set of ideas that would bring $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade.