Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he has picked Clinton-era Commerce Secretary William Daley to serve as his new chief of staff.
(CNN) – Following a spate of criticism over his plans to hold a private swearing-in ceremony, Ohio Gov.-elect John Kasich reversed course on Wednesday, announcing that the event - set for January 10 at 12:01 a.m. - will now be open to the media.
Kasich's decision to make his and Lt. Gov.-elect Mary Taylor's swearing-in ceremony private, as well as to restrict media access to other inauguration events, sparked immediate outrage, particularly from the Ohio Statehouse press corps, who took issue with being barred from the traditionally open events.
Washington (CNN) - The reading of the Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives was going smoothly Thursday morning, that is until someone in the visitors gallery shouted aloud when the subject of presidential eligibility was read.
According to a tweet from Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn), who was sitting in the chamber, an individual yelled out about President Barack Obama, apparently rejecting the notion that the president is a natural born citizen.
Washington (CNN) - The new Republican-led House of Representatives voted Thursday to cut its operating budget by 5% - a move meant to reflect the GOP's desire to reduce the size of the federal government.
The measure, which GOP aides claim will save $35 million, passed 410-13.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Under fire for already backtracking on promises for more openness, House Speaker John Boehner admitted Thursday there are limits.
"I promised a more open process. I didn't promise that every single bill was going to be an open bill," said Boehner during his first news conference as the new House Speaker.
Washington (CNN) – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a fan of Bill Daley.
The president of the pro-business group that spent millions on behalf of Republican candidates last year called Obama's decision to name the current J.P. Morgan banker as his chief of staff a "strong appointment."
Washington (CNN) - Legislation being pushed by House Republicans to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul will add $230 billion to the federal debt by 2021, according to an analysis released Thursday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Democrats immediately pounced on the report, arguing, among other things, that it undermines the new GOP House majority's emphasis on fiscal responsibility.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Obama will name former Clinton Commerce Secretary William Daley his new chief of staff, according to three senior administration officials, as a dramatic reshuffling of the White House staff kicks into high gear.
The officials said Obama will also elevate interim chief of staff Pete Rouse, who had been serving as a senior adviser before replacing Rahm Emanuel on a temporary basis, to the role of counselor to the president. Obama himself will make the announcements official at 2:30pm ET in the East Room at the White House.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Democrat Peter Shumlin was officially elected governor of Vermont Thursday in a joint session of the state legislature. He received 145 votes compared to 28 votes for the Republican nominee, incumbent Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie.
Though Dubie conceded the race shortly after the November 2010 election, the Vermont state constitution requires that the legislature elect the governor, lieutenant governor, and other statewide officials if no candidate receives a majority of the votes.