Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee brought in nearly $200 million dollars during the just concluded 2010 midterm election campaign cycle, out-raising the Republican National Committee by around $30 million.
According to filings Thursday night with the Federal Election Commission, the DNC raised $15.9 million from October 13 through mid-November, bringing to $195.6 million the amount raised for the entire cycle. That is the DNC's highest total in the years since the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act of 2002, which put restrictions on the political party committees fund-raising abilities.
Editor's note: Watch Sen. Lieberman discuss "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Thursday on AC360° beginning at 10 pm ET.
(CNN) – A longtime personal friend and political ally of Sen. John McCain implied Thursday that the former GOP presidential nominee is moving the goalposts when it comes to his support for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
McCain’s past comments suggested he might support repeal of the federal law that prevents gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military if a repeal was supported by military leadership. But the Arizona Republican has recently taken issue with results of a Pentagon survey of troops that supports a repeal and with the positions of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen, both of whom also support a repeal.
(CNN) - Two of former presidential hopeful John Edwards' top aides testified Thursday to a federal grand jury looking into payments from the North Carolina Democrat's campaign to his one-time mistress.
Jonathan Prince, who was Edwards' campaign manager during his unsuccessful 2008 presidential run, and then-spokesman Jennifer Palmieri were called before the grand jury, two sources familiar with the case said.
Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives censured veteran New York Rep. Charlie Rangel on Thursday - a stunning downfall for a congressman once considered one of the most powerful members of Congress.
The 333-79 vote required Rangel to stand in the well of the House as a formal censure resolution was read aloud by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats may soon follow the House Democrats lead and bring tax cut votes to the Senate floor.
According to Jim Manley, spokesman Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, those votes could take place either Friday or Saturday.
(CNN) Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, asked the House for "fairness" Thursday in imposing a punishment on him for ethics violations.
"Nobody has ever suffered the humiliation of a censure when ... (the ethics committee) found no evidence at all of corruption," Rangel said.
Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Gov.Tim Pawlenty's political action committee spent more than $300,000 in the final weeks leading up to the midterm elections, as the possible 2012 GOP presidential candidate criss-crossed the country helping campaign for fellow Republicans running for office.
Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC spent $302,000 from mid-October to mid-November, according to records filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.
Washington (CNN) - With Republicans steadfast in supporting an indefinite extension of all Bush-era tax cuts, Democrats in the House and the Senate moved Thursday to limit the reductions, in full, only for families making $250,000 a year or less.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced on Thursday night that he was told a single unnamed Republican scuttled an agreement over a plan for several tax-related votes. Despite that, Democrats would go ahead and weigh in Saturday only on the two bills that many of their members supported.
Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed a sweeping child nutrition bill Thursday designed to promote better eating habits in part by giving the federal government more authority to set standards for food sold in vending machines and other venues on school grounds.
Among other things, the $4.5 billion measure provides more money to poor areas to subsidize free meals and requires schools to abide by health guidelines drafted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To help offset the higher cost of including more fruits and vegetables, the bill increases the reimbursement rate for school lunches.
(CNN) - An Alaska state court judge has set a date for arguments in the case to resolve the dispute over the Alaska Senate race between incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who ran as a write-in candidate, and Tea-Party backed Republican candidate Joe Miller.
The arguments are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 8th, at 9 am Alaska time– 1 pm ET.