(CNN) - Republican House leaders are calling for a vote on an earmark ban next week when Congress returns for a lame duck session.
In a statement, House Republican leader Rep. John Boehner and Republican House whip Rep. Eric Cantor said the GOP conference will hold a vote and call on the Democratic leadership to do the same.
(CNN) - Incumbent Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who launched a write-in campaign for re-election after losing the Republican primary, believes the race in Alaska will be closer to resolution by the end of this weekend but added that her opponent, Tea Party-backed Republican Joe Miller, is working to "disenfranchise" voters.
Miller vote-count observers are challenging ballots that misspell the senator's name – or, in some cases, spell it correctly but aren't written clearly.
(CNN) - San Francisco, California, Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed Friday the city's ban on most McDonald's Happy Meals with toys.
In making the veto, the mayor released a new report on how a public-private partnership is combating childhood obesity and how San Francisco's more than 55,000 public school students are now eating fresher and healthier foods.
(CNN) - Rahm Emanuel will face one less challenger in his bid to become Chicago's next mayor.
Two days after reports that former Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias was asked to consider challenging Emanuel, his spokesman set the record straight.
Washington (CNN) - Two Senior Democratic sources tell CNN Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid discussed with Colorado Senator Michael Bennet the possibility of taking over the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, but one of the sources now says Bennet has said no.
The two talked this week, the sources said.
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.
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Baltimore, Maryland (CNN) - Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey used a Friday news conference for FreedomWorks, his leading conservative grassroots organization, to speak out against talk of friction between Tea Party members and the Republican Party leadership heading into the next Congress.
"For everybody in the press who thinks they've discovered a conflict, I'm sorry you missed the boat. The conflict is on the other side of the aisle," Armey said at the press conference following a two-day FreedomWorks retreat.
Washington (CNN) - Two senior Democratic sources tell CNN Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has discussed with Colorado Senator Michael Bennet the possibility of taking over the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
The two talked this week, the sources said, but there was no resolution to the conversation.
(CNN) - She's coming off a successful midterm election season, is on the heels of releasing a second book, and about to star in an adventure-packed reality television show, but Sarah Palin's poll numbers are going in the wrong direction.
A new survey by Gallup suggests more than half of all Americans (52 percent) now hold a negative view of the former Alaska governor, the highest unfavorable rating Palin has ever registered in the organization's polling. Her 40 percent favorable rating meanwhile ties her lowest score in Gallup history, registered in the fall of 2009 shortly after she quit her post as governor.