It's never too early to ask for contributions
January 5th, 2011
03:01 PM ET
3 years ago

It's never too early to ask for contributions

Washington (CNN) – Just minutes after being handed the speaker's gavel by outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, new Speaker John Boehner is already asking for financial support.

In an email put out by the National Republican Congressional Committee, Boehner points out that "with President Obama in the White House and Democrats running the Senate, we're still outnumbered in Washington."
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Obama warns Republicans may cause country to 'fall backward'
January 5th, 2011
02:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama warns Republicans may cause country to 'fall backward'

(CNN) - While new House Speaker John Boehner received the gavel from the new House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Wednesday, President Obama shot back at the Republican agenda saying:

"It's up to you to show that you care too much about this country to let it fall backward."
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Filed under: Health care • President Obama
Political Circus: Roseanne blasts Palin
January 5th, 2011
02:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Political Circus: Roseanne blasts Palin

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.

From the 'Nut Farm'

Roseanne Barr - comedian, author, political activist and former star of the hit television sitcom "Roseanne" - took shots at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during an interview about her new book on ABC's "Nightline" on Tuesday.
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Filed under: Political Circus • Sarah Palin
Specter going to law school
January 5th, 2011
02:08 PM ET
3 years ago

Specter going to law school

(CNN) – The move from the halls of Congress to those of academia appears to be a popular one this year.

Former Sen. Arlen Specter has taken a new role at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, set to teach an upper-level course next fall on the relationship between Congress and the Supreme Court. The move comes on the heels of news former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold will teach at Marquette Law School next fall.
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Pelosi still in the GOP bulls-eye
January 5th, 2011
01:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Pelosi still in the GOP bulls-eye

Washington (CNN) - She may not be the House Speaker anymore, but Nancy Pelosi still finds herself the target of congressional Republicans.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, GOP Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, takes direct aim at Pelosi, who becomes the House Minority Leader.
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Filed under: Congress • House Republicans • Nancy Pelosi
Republicans change the House rules
January 5th, 2011
01:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Republicans change the House rules

Washington (CNN) - How a bill becomes a law is the educational building block of every American civics class. But as House Republicans take control of the House today, they will shift, ever so slightly, that civics lesson.

First, all bills and joint resolutions submitted for approval will be required to have an accompanying statement explaining their Constitutional authority. Republicans and the members of the Tea Party have argued that Democrats regularly overreached the Constitutional powers granted to the House of Representatives and believe this rule will refocus legislative priorities.
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John Boenher of Ohio officially elected speaker of the House
January 5th, 2011
01:39 PM ET
3 years ago

John Boenher of Ohio officially elected speaker of the House

Washington (CNN) - Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, has been officially elected speaker of the House of Representatives for the 112th Congress.

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Filed under: Congress • John Boehner
Feingold plans book and teaching stint
January 5th, 2011
01:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Feingold plans book and teaching stint

Washington (CNN) - It appears that former Sen. Russ Feingold has no intention of going away quietly in the wake of his loss to Republican Ron Johnson in Wisconsin last November.

Feingold is joining the faculty of Marquette University Law School, the Milwaukee school announced Wednesday, to teach a class on the U.S. Senate to upper-level law students.
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Gingrich and Santorum heading to South Carolina
January 5th, 2011
01:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich and Santorum heading to South Carolina

Washington (CNN) – Two Republicans increasingly likely to seek the White House in 2012 are returning to South Carolina this month to court key constituencies.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will address the Grand Strand Business Association in Myrtle Beach next Thursday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum • South Carolina
112th Congress officially convenes
The 112th Congress convened Wednesday
January 5th, 2011
12:04 PM ET
3 years ago

112th Congress officially convenes

Washington (CNN) - The 112th Congress officially convened Wednesday as the House of Representatives was gaveled into session.

The U.S. Senate was also gaveled into session Wednesday by Vice President Joe Biden, who then began the process of swearing in the newly elected members of that chamber.

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