(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nevada) has said he will try to bring a measure to repeal the controversial Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy - which prevents gays from serving openly in the military– to the Senate floor after Thanksgiving.
"During the work period following the Thanksgiving holidays, I will bring the Defense Authorization bill to the floor, including a repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Our Defense Department supports repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' as a way to build our all-volunteer armed forces. We need to repeal this discriminatory policy so that any American who wants to defend our country can do so," Reid said in a statement.
Washington (CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush is one of 15 individuals who will receive America's highest civilian honor early next year, the White House announced Wednesday.
Bush will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is "presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors," according to a White House statement.
(CNN) - A majority of Americans believe that China's growing economic strength is a threat to America, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll conducted last week.
Almost half of all Americans say that China is now an economic and military superpower and 58 percent believe China's strength is a threat to the U.S. Released today, the poll comes as a special commission assembled to provide guidance on how to manage America's economic and military relationship with China compiles its annual report, which is expected to link Chinese government practices with the U.S.-China trade deficit.
See the full results after the jump:
Washington (CNN) - It's John Boehner's birthday, and on his 61st he got quite a present from his House Republican colleagues – a vote electing him to be their leader and the next Speaker of the House.
But a planned afternoon press conference with Boehner to roll out his new GOP leadership team for the new Congress hit a snag on Wednesday. That's because Republicans are still trying to figure out procedures for electing new slots in the GOP leadership for freshmen.
TOPICS: Is China a superpower? Is China a threat to U.S.? Opinion of foreign trade
(CNN) - In a yet to be aired interview, Sarah Palin said she believes it would be possible for her to beat President Obama if she ran for President.
During an interview for an upcoming Barbara Walters special, Palin said "I believe so," when Walters asked Palin "If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?"
"I'm looking at the lay of the land now, and ... trying to figure that out, if it's a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family, if it's a good thing," Palin said.
Palin appears to be inching the ball ever slightly toward acknowledging she is seriously thinking about running for president next year.
In a lengthy interview for a profile in this weekend's New York Times magazine, the former Alaska governor flatly said she is considering launching a White House bid and is currently in discussions about the possibility with her family and trusted allies.
New York (CNNMoney.com) - The unemployed would have three more months to file for extended jobless benefits under a bill being introduced in the House.
The legislation would extend the deadline to file for federal unemployment benefits to Feb. 28, sparing 4 million people from falling off the rolls. The deadline is now Nov. 30.
Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska will declare victory later Wednesday in the nation's last Senate race, putting her one step closer to becoming the second person in history to win a write-in bid for the U.S. Senate.
Murkowski's 10 p.m. ET statement will be a dramatic climax in the state's bitter and prolonged Senate battle. It will also essentially be a triumphant declaration of beating back a three-pronged attack: from her opponent and fellow Republican Joe Miller, from the Tea Party Express, and from Sarah Palin.
(CNN) - Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, was unanimously selected as the Republican House leader for the incoming Congress Wednesday - putting him in line to become the next speaker.
Washington (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs vowed Wednesday that President Obama will have the votes to get an arms control treaty ratified during the lame duck session of Congress, despite a top Republican Senator's insistence that it be delayed until next year.
The time frame is crucial because if there is a delay for the treaty, which needs 67 votes for passage, a new Senate with a slimmer Democratic majority will be sworn in come January. In that case Obama would suddenly need to line up seven more Republican votes from GOP freshmen who are generally very skeptical of both the Obama administration's foreign policy in general and the treaty in particular.