Washington (CNN) – Riding in the elevator on the Senate side of the Capitol, I stopped at the first floor, the doors opened and before me stood Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown and Connecticut's independent Democrat Joe Lieberman, chatting as they waited for the "senators only" lift.
In the 15-seconds my elevator door was open, I saw Brown pat Lieberman on the arm and ask about his future electoral prospects.
"How are you going to work your magic this time? Run as an independent?" Brown asked Lieberman, who lost his Democratic primary in 2006, forcing him to run as an independent.
Washington (CNN) – Democrats across the country are split over whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi should remain party leader in the House of Representatives next year, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday also indicates that among all Americans, the current House speaker remains an unpopular figure while House Republican leader John Boehner, who will succeed Pelosi as speaker in the new Congress, is still not well known to many Americans.
See the full results after the jump:
TOPICS: Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell
Washington (CNN) - The top Democratic and Republican Senate leadership will remain the same for the incoming 112th Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, were chosen by their Democratic and Republican colleagues, respectively, to head their party caucuses again.
Washington (CNN) – Half a million copies of a new children's book by President Barack Obama hit the shelves Tuesday.
First daughters Sasha and Malia inspired the president to write "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters," publisher Random House said.
Washington (CNN) – A bloc of conservatives on the Republican National Committee has recommended a "scoring system" to evaluate the clutch of the GOP insiders vying to replace RNC Chairman Michael Steele next year.
The 13-point "Leadership Criteria," discussed Monday on a private conference call by the Republican National Conservative Caucus but provided to CNN by a GOP source, would rate potential candidates on a range of criteria, including their vision for the party, managerial experience and an adherence to conservative principles outlined in the Republican Party platform.
(CNN) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski appears to be taking her ongoing feud with fellow Alaskan Sarah Palin to the next level, telling CBS the former vice presidential nominee is not worldly enough for the top job.
"I just do not think that she has those leadership qualities, that intellectual curiosity that allows for building good and great policies," the Alaska senator said in an interview that aired Monday. "You know, she was my governor for two years. And I don't think that she enjoyed governing."
Washington (CNN) - A 25-year-old Army staff sergeant from Iowa will be the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since three service members from the Vietnam War were honored in 1976.
President Barack Obama will award the nation's highest medal of valor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta on Tuesday. Giunta was a specialist serving with the Airborne 503rd Infantry Regiment on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked on the night of October 25, 2007.
Washington (CNN) - The House panel looking into ethics allegations against longtime Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York will resume its executive session deliberations Tuesday.
On Monday, Rangel walked out of the House ethics subcommittee trial, complaining he has not had sufficient time to hire a new legal team to respond to corruption allegations.
Washington (CNN) - Any time a possible 2012 GOP presidential contender goes to Iowa, we pay attention. So we'll pay attention Tuesday when a book tour brings former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to the Hawkeye state.
The book, titled "Valley Forge," focuses on one of the most desperate moments in America's struggle for independence: The winter of 1777, when George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, hunkered down in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to survive a brutally cold and challenging winter.