Washington (CNN) - In her last news conference as Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi pledged Tuesday that Democrats will zero in on the economy and reducing the deficit in the new Congress.
"House Democrats will keep our focus on the creation of jobs - putting the American people to work," Pelosi said.
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Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business, but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance.
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Funnyman Jon Stewart compared President Obama to a "Star Wars" hero for his legislative accomplishments during the lame-duck session of Congress. "Obama's not the comeback kid. That's just a trite way of looking at it. He's Luke Skywalker," Stewart joked.
Washington (CNN) - John Boehner will be sworn in Wednesday as the new House Speaker, but his congressional aides were sworn in Tuesday morning by Chief Justice John Roberts in a private ceremony in the Capitol.
According to a senior Boehner aide, the incoming Speaker requested that the Chief Justice perform the swearing in for his aides, and attended the ceremony.
Boehner will take the oath as Speaker on Wednesday afternoon.
Washington (CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the White House on January 10, according to a White House statement released Tuesday.
France is assuming the presidency of the G-8 and G-20 economic groups in 2011.
Obama "looks forward to working with President Sarkozy to sustain the global economic recovery and create jobs," the White House statement noted. "The two presidents will also discuss a broad range of current foreign policy and security issues."
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is dismissing Republicans' plans to ram a repeal of his health care overhaul through the House of Representatives in the opening days of the new Congress, portraying the move as little more than a hollow nod to the GOP's conservative base.
Republicans unveiled repeal legislation Monday night - two days before they officially take charge of the House. They plan a key procedural vote on Friday and a final vote the following Wednesday, according to House GOP sources.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's top aide is departing the White House to become president of Case Holdings, the holding company of AOL co-founder Steve Case.
Ron Klain, Biden's chief of staff, will leave his post in late January. Klain is a former member of the Clinton administration and an attorney who played a key role in the 2000 Florida recount. He was portrayed by Kevin Spacey in the HBO movie "Recount."
Washington (CNN) - Former Democratic Governors Association communications director Emily Bittner is heading over to Capitol Hill. Bittner's been named as the communications director for Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia for his office here in the nation's capitol.
Before her time at the DGA, Bittner served as communications director for the Arizona Democratic Party when now Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was the state's governor.
(CNN) – Normally, it’s what Sarah Palin tweets that makes news. This time it’s what she has re-tweeted.
The former Alaska governor Monday relayed a comment from gay conservative pundit Tammy Bruce, who was expressing her criticism over continued Republican opposition to the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell military policy that won congressional repeal late last month.
Now the political world is wondering just what Palin meant to express.
(CNN) - Nancy Pelosi, who made history as the first female Speaker of the House, ends her tenure this week as a new Republican majority prepares to take power Wednesday.
Led by incoming speaker John Boehner, the GOP has pledged to roll back many of the reforms implemented by the Obama administration and Democrats, including health care reform, which were outlined in the Republican "Pledge to America."FULL STORY