(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid attached action to his bipartisan rhetoric by meeting with a Tea Party-backed candidate.
In an interview on CNN's "John King, USA" set to air Thursday, the Nevada Democrat said he recently had dinner with Rand Paul, the Republican Senator-elect from Kentucky who won a highly contested race in November.
HONOLULU (CNN) - After delaying the start of his Hawaiian vacation because of the lame duck session of Congress, President Obama has decided to extend his trip by a day and will now head back to Washington on January 2, according to sources familiar with the schedule.
Obama was originally planning to leave Hawaii on New Year's Day. Because the start of his vacation was delayed by several days, he has decided to tack an extra day to the tail end of the trip.
(CNN) - Despite President Barack Obama's signing of a law repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent a memo to troops warning them that it remains in effect until 60 days after the government certifies that the military is ready for implementation.
The Pentagon says it does not know how long the certification process may take.FULL STORY
(CNN) - It's full steam ahead for Rahm Emanuel's Chicago mayoral bid.
The Chicago Board of Elections decided Thursday that the former White House chief of staff should appear on the ballot in February's mayoral election, despite the fact that he has spent most of the last two years living in Washington.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The Chicago Board of Elections ruled Thursday that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel should be allowed to appear on the ballot in February's mayoral election.
(CNN) - In a rare interview, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid previewed the next Congressional session and hyped a productive lame-duck session that included a bipartisan tax deal, the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, passage of the New START and a bill to provide medical care to rescue workers sickened from their work at ground zero.
"I think you saw in this very short congested work period we had is Democrats and Republicans were working together," the top Senate Democrat said Wednesday on CNN's "John King, USA." "We accomplished a lot of stuff and we did it because we worked together."
Washington (CNN) - Economic worries are causing holiday stress for a sizeable number of Americans and the financial strain that most are feeling could lead to a drop in charitable donations this year.
According to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll, more than half of the nation says that the economy hasn't made this holiday season more stressful than previous years, but 44 percent say that they are feeling more stress. Nearly six in ten say that economic conditions may force them to cut back on the amount they give to charities.
TOPICS: Mood of nation, economic conditions, holiday stress
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CNN: President Obama hails progress made by lame-duck Congress
President Barack Obama on Wednesday hailed major legislation passed by Congress in the lame-duck session and said the progress showed "we're not doomed to endless gridlock." At a year-end news conference before leaving town for his delayed holiday, Obama emphasized the achievements of his administration and the Democratic-led Congress while also acknowledging that tough issues still face the nation in the coming year. Obama later departed for Hawaii to join the first family for the holidays, and both the Senate and House adjourned for the year. A new Congress with Republicans controlling the House and holding a stronger minority in the Senate convenes on January 5, 2011.