Washington (CNN) – A day after remaining coy about any possible bid for the White House, CNN's confirmed that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will speak at a major conservative conference next month which is often seen as a cattle call for possible Republican presidential hopefuls.
Daniels will speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference next month here in the nation's capitol, a CPAC official tells CNN. Politico's Jonathan Martin first reported the story.
(CNN) - It was a moment on the House floor Wednesday that instantly made for a powerful photograph – newly installed House Speaker John Boehner clearly weeping as Democrat Nancy Pelosi gets ready to hand the gavel over.
Interestingly however, only two of the major, national papers featured this memorable and unique photograph in their Thursday editions, and they both happen to share one thing in common – conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
Capitol Hill (CNN) – The first day was ceremony and rules, today the 112th Congress gets in the saddle for substantive health care action, our first taste of the partisan battleground and some historic symbolism.
I'll be tweeting all day @LisaDCNN. But here's a quick, American Sauce guide to events (all times Eastern):
(CNN) - A warning Thursday from a Tea Party movement leader to new House Speaker John Boehner.
"As you get down to work, there are a few things to remember. You did not become Speaker because America suddenly fell in love with you or the Republican Party. You became Speaker because America, led by the Tea Party, repudiated Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and the party of socialism," writes Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, a national Tea Party organization that's based in Tennessee.
(CNN) - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is stepping down as chairman of President Obama's outside economic advisory panel, according to Democratic sources familiar with the move, as the reshuffling of the White House's economic team continues.
The announcement comes as senior officials say Obama is expected on Friday to make a much more substantial move by officially naming Gene Sperling to replace Larry Summers as the chairman of the National Economic Council, the key policymaking office inside the White House.
(CNN) – The number of Americans identifying themselves as Democrats is at its lowest point in seven years, according to a new survey by Gallup - a warning sign for the president and his party as the next race for the White House gets set to begin.
According to the annual Gallup survey of party identification, 31 percent of Americans say they are Democrats – a number that is down five percentage points from 2008 and is the same as it was in 2003 – the year following impressive Republican gains in the House and Senate.
Washington (CNNMoney) - At the open house gathering to celebrate the official swearing in to Congress of Rep. Bobby Schilling in Washington, D.C., the pizza and ice cream were shipped in from Illinois.
The pizzas came in overnight from Saint Giuseppe's Heavenly Pizza, the shop that Bobby Schilling has owned for 14 years in Moline, Ill. Before deciding to run for Congress, Schilling was a pizza man. And lucky for supporters, there are pizza ovens in the historic D.C. office building, so the pizza was hot.
Washington (CNN) - Holly Petraeus, the wife of the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, is getting a high profile role of her own. Thursday she will be named to a key position in the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a source who would not speak for attribution because the announcement has yet to be made.
Petraeus, a longtime advocate for military families, will be named to head the Office for Service Member Affairs, tasked with protecting military families from abusive lending practices.
(CNN) - Elizabeth Edwards left everything to her children, with no mention of her estranged husband, John Edwards, in her will.
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"All of my furniture, furnishings, household goods, jewelry, china, silverware and personal effects and any automobiles ... to be divided among them ..." Edwards says in the document dated December 1.
Washington (CNN) - Republicans will have the Constitution read on the House floor Thursday morning in a nod to the conservative Tea Party freshmen that helped put them back in the majority.
The reading will start at 10:30 a.m., with members taking turns until they complete the document - a process that could take up to a couple of hours.