Washington (CNN) - They voted, and they participated in the Republican-mandated reading of the Constitution on the House floor.
But two Republicans missed their official swearing in on the House floor on Wednesday and weren't officially members of Congress as the chamber began its first full day of official business on Thursday.
(CNN) - Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now part of the minority party in Congress, but don't expect her to be introspective after the November losses.
"I do introspection, I don't do public introspection," Pelosi said Thursday on CNN's "John King, USA."
(CNN) - Independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's poll numbers have suffered in the wake of the recent snow blizzard, according to a new poll.
The NY1-Marist survey released Thursday and conducted on January 5th shows the mayor with a 37 percent approval rating, the lowest figure since taking office. Eleven percent of respondents said he is doing an excellent job, 26 percent said he's doing a good job, 34 percent rate his performance as fair and 26 percent said he is doing a poor job.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - New White House Chief of Staff William Daley will be on the job before the State of the Union, according to senior administration officials, and there are early signs he also will be bringing in some of his own senior aides.
The decision is leaving some current White House staffers feeling uneasy about where they will fit in the flow chart.
Several Democratic sources said Daley is planning to bring along to the White House at least some close allies, people who date back to his time as commerce secretary during the Clinton administration as well as other stops in his impressive resume.
(CNN) - In her first television interview since she became the Democratic leader in the House, Nancy Pelosi said William Daley, the president's choice for chief of staff, will do a good job.
"Mr. Daley does every job that he's assigned to do very well," Pelosi told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King in an interview set to air Thursday.
(CNN) – Asked about a report he is telling friends he will run for President in 2012, Donald Trump told CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King that "a lot of people" are asking him to run for the Republican nomination, but would only say he is "seriously considering" the possibility.
In an interview for CNN's "John King, USA", Trump said he's very concerned that other countries are taking advantage of the U.S. particularly pointing to South Korea, China, and OPEC.
Trump also expounded on William Daley's appointment as chief of staff as well as Mayor Bloomberg's handling of the New York snowstorm. The full interview with Donald Trump will air at 7 p.m. EST on CNN's "John King, USA."
Washington (CNN) - The Republicans are looking to lead by example cutting their own office budgets by 5 percent. Rep. John Campbell (R-CA) is one member who's taking the effort to heart by making difficult choices-and he bristles at the suggestion the effort isn't meaningful.
"Outside (of) the entitlement programs, this is how we're going to do this... a bite at a time, finding various departments, various agencies, various places where we can save $10 million, $20 million, $30 million… and start adding (it) up to get the deficit down."
(CNN) - Weighing in on President Obama's choice for chief of staff, the progressive organization MoveOn.org criticized William Daley for his close ties to "big banks and big business."
"With Wall Street reporting record profits while middle class Americans continue to struggle in a deep recession, the announcement that William Daley, who has close ties to Big Banks and Big Business, will now lead the White House staff is troubling and sends the wrong message to the American people," Justin Ruben, executive director of MoveOn.org said in a statement.
The move was initially conceived primarily as an expression of the GOP's small-government values and a nod to conservative Tea Party activists who helped propel the Republicans to their landslide victory in last November's midterm elections.
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.
Buckle up ... or not
The Hill's "In The Know" blog asks, "Does President Obama wear a seatbelt in his presidential limo? He is supposed to, but there are indications that he doesn't."