Washington (CNN) - After potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Sarah Palin called the tax cut deal President Obama negotiated with Senate Republicans a "lousy deal," incoming House Speaker John Boehner brushed off the criticism and defended his vote in favor of the bill that President Obama is signing into law Friday.
Asked about Palin's comments, Boehner said "our first goal was to stop the tax hike that was coming on January 1st."
Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department has decided not to seek an expedited Supreme Court review of a ruling striking down the "individual mandate" provision in the sweeping health care reform bill, a government source told CNN Friday.
A federal judge in Virginia earlier this week ruled as unconstitutional a requirement that most Americans must purchase health insurance by 2014.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said this week that he regrets not seeking a third term in St. Paul, now that the state legislature is controlled by Republicans instead of the Democrat-Farmer-Labor party that fought much of his agenda.
Washington (CNN) - Four key GOP senators who have announced their support of a "don't ask, don't tell" repeal are prepared to join Democrats in voting to let the bill proceed, as long as Congress first deals with a measure to fund the government, aides to the four said Friday.
The aides said Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Lisa Murkowski and Scott Brown will vote Saturday to end debate on the ban on openly gay and lesbian people in the military if the Senate passes a stopgap spending bill - a continuing resolution to keep the government funded. The four have previously said that bill must be approved first.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – CNN is teaming up with the Tea Party Express for a first-of-its-kind presidential primary debate, both organizations announced Friday. The Tea Party debate, featuring 2012 Republican presidential candidates, is scheduled for Labor Day week 2011. It will take place in Tampa, Florida – the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Since the spring of 2009, the Tea Party movement has been increasingly vocal in advocating for less government spending, lower taxes and shrinking the deficit. The Tea Party debate will place specific emphasis on those issues.
Washington (CNN) - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Washington. Call it bipartisanship, political necessity or a burning desire to get home for the holidays.
A yule logjam of legislation on taxes, spending and a hot-button social issue might be breaking in an anything-but-tame lame duck session of Congress.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - On Friday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry said the Senate is prepared to vote on a nuclear arms treaty with Russia.
"We are certainly prepared to move for a vote," he said on the Senate floor. "I want to emphasize that there are no amendments from colleagues on the Democratic side. We are prepared to vote on this treaty ... We will take any amendment at any time."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The 2012 presidential election is still a long way away, and Sarah Palin hasn't even decided if she will make a run for the White House, but a second straight poll brings troubling results for the former Alaska governor if she does launch a bid.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll indicates that nearly six in ten Americans say they wouldn't even consider voting for Palin if she runs. Eight percent of the people questioned in the survey, which was released Friday, say they would definitely back Palin in 2012 if she runs and 31 percent say they would consider supporting her.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama will sign the much-debated tax cuts extension and offer a public statement from the White House on Friday afternoon, according to two administration officials.