WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Republican leaders under fire from fellow conservatives for backtracking on a promise to cut $100 billion in spending this year are suddenly trying to meet that goal, according to a senior House GOP aide.
"Right now there are a lot of moving parts but the leadership is working with the RSC (Republican Study Committee), the freshmen and the (House) Appropriations Committee to coalesce around a unified strategy to cut $100 billion," the senior House GOP aide tells CNN. He would speak only off the record because he was discussing internal GOP deliberations.
Washington (CNN) – The Tea Party Express is hyping, what it calls, "exclusive news": that the group has placed another name on its list of political targets.
On Wednesday, Sal Russo - chief strategist of the Tea Party Express - distributed an email to supporters.
It states that the group is "pleased to tip you...to the exclusive news that we will be making another Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, one of our top targets for defeat in these upcoming 2012 elections."
Washington (CNN) - Another House Republican bill went down to defeat Wednesday, the second time in as many days.
The latest setback - a GOP spending cut bill calling for a refund to the U.S. Treasury of $180 million overpaid to a U.N. fund - failed to pass. The bill was part of Majority Leader Eric Cantor's weekly spending cut program called "You Cut."
Washington (CNN) – Has President Obama dyed his hair to avoid those pesky signs of age?
It's a question most recently asked by London's The Daily Mail, which compared a recent photo of the president with one taken only a few weeks earlier. In the more recent photograph, the president's hair appears dark black while the older photograph shows a more seasoned look on the Commander-in-Chief.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Christopher Lee of New York resigned his House seat Wednesday following a report that the married congressman had tried to meet a woman on Craigslist.
"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York," said a statement by Lee posted on his website. "I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness."
Washington (CNN) – It's back to New Hampshire for Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor and likely candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
Pawlenty will visit the Granite State on March 10 to address a house party organized by Granite Oath, a conservative political action committee. The group is headed by Ovide Lamontagne, a former candidate for US Senate and a prominent New Hampshire conservative.
New York (CNNMoney) - House Republicans released a dramatic budget proposal on Wednesday that would result in sweeping cuts to federal agencies and government services.
The GOP would slash the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by 16%, cut $758 million from a program that provides food to low-income children and eliminate almost $1 billion in assistance for local police departments.
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Standard & Poor's lowered its credit rating on New Jersey's debt to AA- from AA, citing concerns about its massive retirement obligations.
"The lower rating reflects our concern regarding the stresses from the state's poorly funded pension system, substantial post-employment benefit obligations, and above-average debt levels," said Standard & Poor's Credit Analyst Jeffrey Panger.