(CNN) - As Rahm Emanuel attempts to prove that he's a Chicago resident, a new poll indicates that the former White House chief of staff is far ahead of his rivals in the battle to be the city's next mayor.
According to a Chicago Tribune/WGN survey, 32 percent of Chicago voters support Emanuel, with former Chicago City Colleges Board Chairman Gery Chico and Rep. Danny Davis each at nine percent, state Sen. James Meeks at six percent, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun at six percent, City Clerk Miguel del Valle at three percent, former Sen. Roland Burris at two percent and 30 percent undecided.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate approved a controversial $858 billion tax cut package Wednesday, overwhelmingly voting to extend the Bush-era tax reductions despite a series of objections from both the left and the right.
The measure, which passed 81 to 19, now advances to the House of Representatives.FULL STORY
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Top Democrats blasted their GOP counterparts Wednesday for intentionally delaying consideration of the new nuclear arms treaty with Russia - a top presidential priority in the current lame duck session of Congress.
The Senate is set to begin debate on ratification of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty - known as New START - Wednesday afternoon after passage of the recently negotiated tax deal.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - One day after CNN announced it is co-producing the first 2012 Republican Presidential Primary debate in New Hampshire, Fox News followed a similar plan.
On Tuesday, CNN announced it will partner with the Granite State's WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union leader for a debate scheduled for June 7, 2011.
(CNN) - Everyone seems to have an opinion about whether big men should cry, given Speaker-elect John Boehner's soggy "60 Minutes" on Sunday. Just for the record: fine by me, no big deal, even a good thing.
Now that that's out of the way, there is one exchange that actually matters way more than a few tears: Boehner's refusal to let the word "compromise" pass between his lips.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney.com) - The tax-cut compromise before the Senate Wednesday is expected to pass Congress largely intact even though everybody dislikes at least some piece of it.
Politically, of course, the compromise may work because everybody got at least something they wanted.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Constitutional 101 is coming to Congress by way of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia when he leads the first constitutional conservative seminar for members of Congress in late January.
Justice Scalia will lead the first session of the series created by Republican Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, according to Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtleben.
Washington (CNN) - Add Rep. Mike Pence to the list of possible 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls who are coming out against the tax cut compromise between President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders.
Pence took to the floor of the House Wednesday morning to spell out his opposition:
New York (CNNMoney.com) - President Obama said Wednesday that a meeting with 20 CEOs will help "find new ways to spur hiring, put Americans back to work and move our economy forward."
Obama plans to meet with some of the most prominent U.S. corporate leaders for a discussion covering such issues as trade, clean energy, the deficit and tax code reform.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Americans' approval of Congress has hit a new low, according to a new national survey.
A Gallup poll released Wednesday indicates that only 13 percent of the public gives Congress a thumbs up on the way its handling its job, with 83 percent saying they disapprove. The 13 percent approval rating is the worst Gallup has measured in the more than three decades it has been tracking public opinion of Congress, with the 83 percent an all time high for a disapproval rating.