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.
Time magazine's Josh Sanburn asks in a new story, "Why Is John Boehner's Gavel So Big? During the ceremonial handing over of the Speaker of the House's gavel, Boehner's predecessor noted the larger size of the gavel that he was presented with.
Washington (CNN) - By a 46 to 40 percent margin, Americans want their representative in the House to vote to repeal the new health care law, according to a new national poll.
A Gallup survey, released Friday, also indicates that 14 percent say they have no opinion. The poll's release came minutes before an early test vote in the House on repealing the legislation, which was passed by the then-Democratic controlled Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama last March.
Washington (CNN) - Legislation repealing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul cleared a key procedural hurdle in the House of Representatives Friday, likely setting up a final House vote to undo the measure next Wednesday.
(CNN) - Congressional Democrats are going on the offensive against GOP efforts to repeal the Democratic-back health care bill that was passed last year.
In a moment of particularly heated rhetoric on the House floor, California Rep. John Garamendi suggested the Republican effort will directly lead to "more Americans dying."
Washington (CNN) – The 2012 election may be 22 months away, but the battle for a what may be a vulnerable Democratic-held Senate seat in North Dakota is already heating up.
Commonsense Ten, an independent Democratic aligned organization, tells CNN that its launching radio ads Friday defending the record of Sen. Kent Conrad, who faces what could be a difficult bid for re-election in 2012. Jim Jordan, one of the Democratic operatives who last year founded the group, says they'll spend around $30,000 on the ad buy. The group spent around $4 million in last year's midterm campaign.
New York (CNNMoney) – The U.S. economic recovery is finally getting stronger, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday morning.
Bernanke, in remarks prepared for testimony before the Senate Budget Committee, said there is increased evidence that a self-sustaining recovery in consumer and business spending may be taking hold.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is firing away at House Republicans for what appears to be a backtracking of a pledge they made during the midterm election campaign.
The DNC is out with a new web video Friday morning that attacks GOP lawmakers for now saying that the $100 billion in spending cuts in the federal budget that they promised to cut is likely out of reach, blaming it on the fiscal calendar among other things. The video uses clips from cable newscasts, including CNN's "John King USA" and "Parker-Spitzer." The video is on YouTube and the DNC website. Democratic officials say they are pushing it on the social networks as well.
(CNN) – As he gets closer to officially deciding on a White House run, likely presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is heaping praise on one potential rival in particular - Sarah Palin.
But the former Minnesota governor quickly adds he's not afraid of a candidacy from the GOP rock star - even though Palin's name recognition far surpasses his own.
New York (CNNMoney) – The U.S. economy added 103,000 jobs in December, and the unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 9.4% - its lowest level since May 2009, the Labor Department reported Friday.
Businesses were hiring, adding 113,000 jobs to payrolls in the month. But the government continued to shed staff, cutting 10,000 workers from payrolls.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will announce key members of his economic team Friday as the administration tries to nudge the U.S. economy into a higher gear, a White House official said.
Gene Sperling will be named as the director of National Economic Council, a key policy post.