Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in the House agreed Wednesday that their lunch meeting at the White House yielded some common ground.
Obama considered the meeting with House Speaker John Boehner and his top deputies "constructive" and cited general agreement with them on the need to reduce spending and the deficit, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters.
Washington (CNN) - Virginia Republican Corey Stewart told CNN Wednesday that Sen. Jim Webb's decision not to seek reelection makes it more likely he will enter the high profile Senate race himself later this year.
"It significantly changes the race," Stewart, the GOP chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, told CNN of Webb's decision. "The Democrats have a weak bench and the odds a Republican will win are significantly higher."
Washington (CNN) - A senior adviser to Sen. Dick Lugar says the Indiana Republican will keep reaching out to tea party groups, even though a leading national tea party organization is now working to defeat him.
"Senator Lugar has met with Tea Party leaders and corresponded with many members in Indiana. He will continue to do so with the hope that they will support his efforts to reduce spending and create a business climate that supports job growth," senior Lugar adviser Mark Helmke told CNN Wednesday.
Washington (CNN) - House Democratic leaders got a chance to gloat the morning after Republicans failed on Tuesday to pass a bill extending key provisions of the Patriot Act that are due to expire at the end of the month.
"I think our Republican colleagues are struggling with the burden of leadership and clearly they have not found their footing going forward," said Maryland Democratic Rep Chris Van Hollen.
Washington (CNN) - Virginia Sen. Jim Webb's announcement Wednesday that he will not seek re-election did not come as a major surprise to state Democratic insiders who always understood the former Navy Secretary to be something of a lone wolf, content to keep his political ruminations to himself.
And given that Webb sometimes seemed to radiate disdain for the political process, the reality is that Democrats might have a better shot at keeping the seat with someone else on the ticket.
Washington (CNN) - In a potential setback for Democrats' hopes of maintaining majority control of the Senate, first term Virginia Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, a surprising winner in the swing state five years ago, announced Wednesday he won't seek re-election.
He is the third member of the Democratic caucus to announce he won't run in 2012. Democrats already faced the formidable task of defending 23 seats - many in purple states – compared to just ten, relatively safer, seats for Republicans.
(CNN) - Rep. Allen West, the at-times controversial congressman from Florida in his first term, will deliver the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday.
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.
Sometimes you (don't) feel like a nut
The Denver Post reports that Colorado GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams unexpectedly dropped his re-election bid, noting that the GOP's chances in 2012 could be "severely undermined" by a conservative-only based approach.
Washington (CNN) –After months of being vague on exactly what federal programs they would slash in their quest to cut spending, House Republicans Wednesday released a list of some 70 specific cuts.
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers is putting a wide range of agencies and programs on the chopping block, from environmental and energy spending, to job training and longtime GOP targets, like the arts.