House Republican leaders say White House lunch found common ground
February 9th, 2011
03:53 PM ET
8 years ago

House Republican leaders say White House lunch found common ground

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.

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Filed under: House Republicans • President Obama
Webb decision inches Stewart closer to running
February 9th, 2011
03:23 PM ET
8 years ago

Webb decision inches Stewart closer to running

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."
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Filed under: GOP • Jim Webb
Lugar responds to targeting by tea party group
February 9th, 2011
03:07 PM ET
8 years ago

Lugar responds to targeting by tea party group

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.
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Filed under: Congress • Dick Lugar
Dems see House GOP struggles in Patriot Act vote
February 9th, 2011
01:26 PM ET
8 years ago

Dems see House GOP struggles in Patriot Act vote

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.
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Analysis: Webb retirement a mixed blessing for Virginia Democrats
February 9th, 2011
01:11 PM ET
8 years ago

Analysis: Webb retirement a mixed blessing for Virginia Democrats

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.
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Filed under: Democrats • Jim Webb • Virginia
Webb won't run
February 9th, 2011
01:03 PM ET
8 years ago

Webb won't run

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.
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Filed under: Congress • Jim Webb
CPAC taps Allen West for top speaking spot
February 9th, 2011
12:49 PM ET
8 years ago

CPAC taps Allen West for top speaking spot

(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.

West announced the news in a tweet Wednesday: "I've been asked today to have the honor of giving the closing keynote address at CPAC Saturday. I'm humbled."
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Filed under: 2010 Election Live Blog • Allen West
Political Circus: GOPer sick of 'nuts'
February 9th, 2011
12:37 PM ET
8 years ago

Political Circus: GOPer sick of 'nuts'

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.
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Filed under: Political Circus • Republican Party
House Republicans release first specific spending cut proposals
February 9th, 2011
12:04 PM ET
8 years ago

House Republicans release first specific spending cut proposals

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.
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Filed under: Congress • House Republicans
Breaking: Webb not running for reelection
February 9th, 2011
11:43 AM ET
8 years ago

Breaking: Webb not running for reelection

(CNN) - Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, a Democrat, has decided not to seek reelection, the one term senator announced Wednesday.

Full statement:
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Filed under: Jim Webb
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