(CNN) - Donald Trump says he's recently received more pressure than ever before to run for president, but he'd rather not throw his name in the ring.
"I love this country and I have had tremendous pressure over the years for me to run, but I've never had it like now," Trump said on CNN's "John King, USA." "I'd rather not do it. I'd rather have somebody in there that's gonna straighten out the country."
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate approved a $1.15 billion measure Friday to fund a settlement initially reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago.
The 1997 Pigford v. Glickman case against the U.S. Agriculture Department was settled out of court 11 years ago. Under a federal judge's terms dating to 1999, qualified farmers could receive $50,000 each to settle claims of racial bias.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday that New York Rep. Steve Israel will take over as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the 112th Congress.
Israel currently serves as recruiting chair for the DCCC, and according to Pelosi, Israel "knows how to win in tough districts."
(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Bob Etheridge has conceded to Republican Renee Ellmers in the race for the 2nd District seat of North Carolina after a recount of ballots showed Ellmers ahead.
Etheridge, a six-term Congressman, released a statement announcing his decision:
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance.
'So you think you can dance?'
Former President George W. Bush appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" for the first time in 10 years Thursday night. Leno, who joked that Bush provided him with a decade's worth of material, asked the former president who is the better dancer - him or President Obama.
And the winner is ...
Washington (CNN) - Days of caucuses, leadership elections, freshman hellos, "what you thought would happen, did happen" news conferences and a few significant, but not conclusive, votes have kept Capitol Hill staff and reporters scrambling this week.
But aside from scattered House and Senate votes (food safety, unemployment compensation and the Medicare 'doc fix'), the hefty Washington news was elsewhere - in the action by and reaction to the Federal Reserve's latest rescue plan.
(CNN) - MSNBC has suspended anchor Joe Scarborough for two days without pay due to eight contributions he made to political candidates between 2004 and 2008, according to MSNBC president Phil Griffin.
Scarborough made eight contributions of $500 each to local candidates.
Washington (CNN) - There is a looming rift on the right as many newly elected Republican congressional members want defense spending on the chopping block as they head to Capitol Hill, a position not shared by some of the old school Republicans in Congress.
Military and foreign policy analysts see the incoming group as game-changers in the Republican party.
Washington (CNN) - A House ethics subcommittee trial originally scheduled for Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, on November 29 will not be held, according to an ethics committee statement released Friday.
The committee decided to instead return the issue to investigators "due to materials discovered that may have had an effect" on the case, the statement said.