Washington (CNN) – Outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said Wednesday she is, "very, very proud of the work that was accomplished by this Congress."
Pelosi spoke to reporters just before the House was set to pass the 9/11 first responders health care bill and then adjourn.
Washington (CNN) – The Senate and the House of Representatives adjourned for the year on Wednesday night. The new Congress will convene on January 5, 2011.
Washington (CNN) - Oprah Winfrey says America may "fall in love" with Sarah Palin as a TV star, but is dismissing the idea that the country would vote for the former Alaska governor in the future.
Asked in an interview with Parade magazine if the thought of Palin's running for office scares her, Winfrey responded, "It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public."
Washington (CNN) - The vote for the 9/11 first responders health bill which passed in the house was 206-60.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, gaveled it – this was her last time presiding over the House as Speaker.
(CNN) – The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled against Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller in his appeal, denying his claim that state law was not followed on counting write-in votes and setting up the very likely scenario that write-in candidate, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, will be certified the winner of the Alaska Senate race.
In the ruling, the Alaska Supreme court affirmed the decision of the superior court, saying, “There are no remaining issues raised by Miller that prevent this election from being certified.”
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama held a news conference Wednesday to discuss the lame duck session of Congress and plans for the upcoming year.
Washington (CNN) - Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden returned to the Senate to vote on the START treaty just two days after surgery for prostate cancer.
Wyden had surgery for early stage prostate cancer on Monday at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
(CNN) - The Senate voted Wednesday to approve the new nuclear arms control treaty with Russia - a major foreign policy victory for the Obama administration near the end of the lame-duck session of Congress.
The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, was cleared with the help of solid Democratic support, as well as the backing of several Republican senators.
(CNN) – James Bopp, a longtime member of the Republican National Committee, whom Chairman Michael Steele last week called an "idiot," has thrown his support behind Reince Priebus in the race for the RNC's top post.
"I view our goal to elect a Chairman of the RNC who has the vision and skill set to maximize the effect of the RNC on the 2012 elections. A corollary goal is the defeat of Michael Steele, as he has demonstrated that he is not capable of accomplishing this goal," wrote the outspoken Bopp in a letter to committee members Wednesday.
(CNN) - The Senate on Wednesday passed a compromise bill that provides free health care to first responders of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York.