(CNN) - The Census numbers released Tuesday will reshape the presidential playing field in 2012. States that will gain or lose seats based on the new population numbers will also gain or lose electoral votes.
These are the states gaining electoral votes, based on the new population counts: Arizona (+1), Florida (+2), Georgia (+1), Nevada (+1), South Carolina (+1), Texas (+4), Utah (+1) and Washington (+1).
(CNN) - Sen. Arlen Specter, the outgoing Pennsylvania Republican-turned-Democrat, directed a parting blow Tuesday to members of the Supreme Court's conservative bloc.
In his final speech on the Senate floor, Specter, the former GOP chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, chastised Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito for "eroding the constitutional mandate of separation of powers."
Washington (CNN) - As Congress races to the wire to approve a temporary spending bill to keep the government open for business, a new national poll indicates that if a legislative impasse shut down the federal government for a few days, most Americans would take it in stride.
But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday also indicates it might be a different story if the shutdown lasted for a few weeks.
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(CNN) - The U.S. Census Bureau numbers are out and the news is good for red states when it comes to adding new seats in the House of Representatives.
The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census be conducted every 10 years to reflect the population shifts in the country accurately. The new numbers spell out congressional reapportionment as the states divvy up the 435 seats in the House.
(CNN) - At least nine Senate Republicans plan to vote for the START treaty, giving it enough support for Senate approval, according to a CNN estimate.
Senators prepared to cast a key procedural vote Tuesday on the new arms control treaty with Russia as backers and opponents of the accord made their final arguments.
(CNN) - The Obama administration is facing a fresh round of heat from Republicans Tuesday amid the passage of a Federal Communications Commission proposal that aims to impart new regulations on internet providers.
The so-called "net neutrality" rules, proposed by the Obama administration, is the federal government's most high-profile move yet in connection with a debate nearly as old as the modern-day Internet itself. The proposed rules would require high-speed providers to treat all types of Web content equally, instead of allowing providers to favor some types of websites or apps at the expense of others.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the Senate nears a crucial vote over a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia, according to a new national poll nearly three-quarters of all Americans say senators should approve the accord.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday also indicates that a majority says that Moscow would live up to its obligations if the START treaty is approved.
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Washington (CNN) - One of Michael Steele's challengers in the Republican National Committee chairman's race is questioning Steele's temperament and demanding that the chairman apologize after he called a veteran RNC member "an idiot" during a recent radio appearance.
The RNC Chairman used the term to describe Indiana Committeeman Jim Bopp, Jr., a longtime RNC member and vocal critic of Steele, after Bopp suggested last week that Steele was "playing the race card" in his re-election bid. Bopp was bothered by Steele's remarks during a conference call with RNC members to announce his bid for a second term, in which Steele said that his re-election would "speak volumes about our willingness to truly be the party of Lincoln."
(CNN) - As Gov. Chris Christie finishes up his first year in office, a new poll indicates New Jersey voters are split on their at-times blunt, in-your-face-style governor, who has become extremely popular among Republicans nationwide.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday, 46 percent of Garden State voters approve of the job Christie's doing as governor, with 44 percent saying they disapprove. Christie's approval rating is down 5 points from November, with his disapproval up 6 points from last month.
(CNN) - Sarah Palin is losing a key member of her inner circle.
Lawyer Tom Van Flein is departing Palin's world to work for incoming Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, according to Gosar's office. The Anchorage Daily News first reported the story Monday.
"I am pleased to have Tom Van Flein, with his experience and background, help me in D.C. with my District issues and the issues facing our country," said Gosar. "As one of my trusted advisers, I look forward to working with him in Washington and ensuring that we listen to the American people and work to uphold the principles that make this country great."