Washington (CNN)– Two senior administration officials confirm to CNN that there have been conversations about the possibility of asking former Commerce Secretary William Daley to join the Obama administration in a senior position, most likely as White House chief of staff. But it was difficult to determine from a handful of email exchanges and conversations Monday afternoon whether the idea had moved beyond the discussion phase.
One of the senior officials, who does not work at the White House, told CNN that the possibility of Daley joining the administration was definitely being discussed and "felt somewhat real" before the holidays. But this official said associates inside the White House "insist it is not happening."
Washington (CNN) - A prominent Tea Party group intends to send a message to those lawmakers it helped elect: we intend to hold your feet to the fire – in a "supportive way."
That will be the intended message from the Tea Party Express as it holds an upcoming town-hall-style meeting in Washington. Details of the event are still being worked out. There is no firm date yet, though it could be held in the middle of January, a spokesman for the Express told CNN on Monday. One item the group is clear on is the event's goal.
Washington (CNN) - CNN has learned that Republicans plan to try to repeal the health care law almost immediately after taking control of the House, setting the stage for an early confrontation with President Obama.
House GOP sources tell CNN that they will unveil repeal legislation Monday night, even before they claim the majority Wednesday. Then, on Friday, Republicans will hold a critical procedural vote – the first step towards passing the repeal. A final House vote will likely take place next Wednesday.
Washington (CNN) - Facing his rivals for the Republican National Committee chairmanship in public for the first time since announcing his re-election bid, Michael Steele on Monday defended himself in the face of criticism that he let the party's finances languish during a historic election cycle.
Steele was appearing at a debate between RNC candidates sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, the Susan B. Anthony List and The Daily Caller.
(CNN) – It's not grabbing the national spotlight like the fight for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, but this month's battle to lead the New Hampshire Republican party is just as fascinating.
The race is a showdown between a longtime party insider versus an organizer for the Tea Party movement in a state that plays an extremely important role in choosing the next GOP presidential nominee.
Washington (CNN) - Veteran Washington attorney James Cole whose nomination was blocked by the Republican Senate last year was sworn in as deputy attorney general Monday, less than a week after receiving a controversial recess appointment from President Obama.
Cole was sworn in by Attorney General Eric Holder at a private event in the Attorney's General's office in the Justice Department. A few dozen guests including Cole's family and associates from Holder's staff and Cole's new office were present for the oath-taking.
New York (CNNMoney) - Three days on the job and staring at a $9 billion budget gap, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he would cut his $179,000 salary by 5% amid reports he will freeze the pay of most state workers.
Cuomo said he is planning a 5% salary cut for senior state officials, including Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, as well as the governor's secretary, counsel, director of state operations, counselor and chief of staff.
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(CNN) – Now that it's 2011, potential GOP presidential candidates are being asked left and right about their Oval Office ambitions.
The latest to sound off is Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a dark-horse favorite among many Beltway insiders who believe his economic conservatism and no-nonsense personality might jibe perfectly with the broader mood of the electorate.
Washington (CNN) – New Congress, meet the National Debt. Many in the 112th Congress resolve to tackle America's $14 trillion mountain of IOUs. But do they understand and are they ready for what that means?
In this week's American Sauce, we lay out exactly what decisions lawmakers face if they are serious about cutting down the debt.
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(CNN) – Former President Ronald Reagan's history-making float at the Rose Bowl Parade Saturday has been awarded a trophy for best depiction of life in the United States, past, present or future, the Tournament of Roses announced.
The float was designed to kick off a celebration events to commemorate the centennial of Reagan's birth. He would have been 100 years old on February 6, 2011.