Washington (CNN) - The 112th Congress is set to convene Wednesday as Republicans officially take charge of the House of Representatives for the first time in four years and dramatically change Washington's political landscape.
Democrats will maintain control of the Senate, but with a smaller majority.
More signals from Rick Santorum that he's gearing up for a run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
A source close to the former senator from Pennsylvania confirms to CNN that later Wednesday Santorum will announced that he's bringing on board one of the top GOP political strategists in New Hampshire, a state that plays a crucial role in the race for the White House. Santorum will also next week make another visit to the state, which traditionally holds in nation's first primary in the presidential calendar.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's press secretary, Robert Gibbs, will leave the White House after the State of the Union address later this month, he told CNN Wednesday.
Gibbs will become a pundit, supporting White House positions on cable television and in speeches, White House staff said.
Gibbs was Obama's spokesman during the 2008 presidential campaign.
(CNN) - When Rep. Michele Bachmann heads to Iowa later this month, she just might have a potential presidential campaign on her mind.
"She's not taking anything off the table, her focus remains on Minnesota's 6th District, but she hasn't ruled anything out," Doug Sachtleben, Bachmann's communications director, told CNN.
Washington (CNN) - Add a stop in South Carolina this weekend to Rep. Mike Pence's schedule.
This, as speculation grows over whether the Republican from Indiana will make a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, or whether he'll run for governor in his home state.
(CNN) – In this age of Twitter, there's a new sign of the change of political control happening on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has officially changed her Twitter handle, from @SpeakerPelosi to the slimmed-down @Nancy Pelosi.
It may seem difficult for Pelosi to drop the distinct title from her Twitter name, but the California Democrat sees at least one silver lining:
(CNN) - Actor Alec Baldwin says he is "very, very interested" in running for political office but to leave acting would be "extremely painful."
The "30 Rock" star made the comments in an interview to air Wednesday on CNN's "Parker Spitzer."
New York (CNNMoney) - The Republicans about to take over the House have big plans to try to cut federal spending. First on the chopping block: Congressional travel, postage, staff salaries and other office expenses.
The new House Speaker, John Boehner, says he will move on Thursday to cut lawmakers' office budgets by 5%.
Washington (CNN) - As the new Congress convenes Wednesday, the initial focus for Republicans, fresh off their 2010 midterm election victories, will start off symbolic with the legislative meat to be served shortly after.
House Speaker John Boehner recently laid out his vision for the upcoming session, vowing to make the "people's House" more transparent. His first order of business will be passing a new set of rules for the legislative chamber.
Washington (CNN) – Republican and Democratic leaders will launch the new Congress Wednesday pledging to make job creation their No. 1 priority.
After that, bipartisanship may be tricky.