(CNN) - As the counting of write-in votes continues in Alaska, the country's sole remaining uncalled Senate election, the latest numbers show incumbent Republican and write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski leading Tea Party-backed Republican challenger Joe Miller in the Senate race.
Until Monday night, there were more write-in votes than votes for Miller. But for the first time, the votes actually counted for Murkowski top Miller's numbers.
Washington (CNN) - The congressman who will likely take charge of the House committee that controls the Pentagon's wallet has no intention of seeing the defense budget shrink.
"Cutting defense spending amidst two wars, is a red line for me and should be a red line for all Americans. You do not need to be a policy expert to realize that investment is key to maintaining a robust defense" Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-California - currently the ranking member of the House Armed Service Committee - told an audience at the Foreign Policy Institute on Monday.
(CNN) – For several members of the incoming House class of 2010, freshmen orientation seems a bit like déjà vu.
Ohio Congressman-elect Steve Chabot was first elected as part of the GOP class of 1994, which helped give Republicans control of the House of Representatives after 40 years as the minority party. He lost his seat two years ago during the wave of Democratic support for President Barack Obama, but was elected again in November – a choice by the voters, Chabot says, that brings a strong message to Washington.
(CNN) - Forget saying the president took a shellacking in the midterm elections, Gen. Colin Powell thinks it was a "body blow"
"The American people are losing some focus on President Obama, what he's trying to do," Powell said in an interview Monday on CNN's "Larry King Live." "When you look at the election results … I think it was more than a shellacking. I think it was a real body blow that he now has to reflect on and figure out how to come back."
Washington (CNN) – Thirteen gay rights activists handcuffed themselves to the White House fence Monday afternoon, calling for President Barack Obama to work harder for repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gay service-members serving openly.
Former Army Lt. Dan Choi, the Iraq war veteran and West Point graduate who has become the face of the movement to remove the ban, led the midday protest on the opening day of the lame-duck session of Congress, to put pressure on Democrats and the president to jettison the law before January.
(CNN) – Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski was warmly embraced by some of her fellow Republicans who shunned her for launching a write-in campaign instead of accepting the results of the GOP primary she lost.
Murkowski was one of 11 Republicans to attend a swearing-in ceremony in the Senate chamber Monday for two Democrats who won special elections.
(CNN) - Sen. John Cornyn is expected Tuesday to formally make a bid for another two years as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
GOP sources confirm to CNN that the Texas Republican will put his name up for nomination for re-election as NRSC chairman, as the Senate Republican Conference meets behind closed doors. According to the sources, the two-term senator is not expected to face any opposition in his bid to remain as NRSC chairman, and has already secured the support of a number of new Republican Senators, including Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.
Washington (CNN) – Americans' views of George W. Bush's presidency have improved since he left office, according to a new national poll. But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates that four in ten continue to say that Bush was a poor president, and another third rate him as average.
In January, 2009, at the end of his second term, one in five said that Bush was a good president or one of the greatest. That number is up to 28 percent now, indicating how much Bush's stock has risen with the passage of time.
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