(CNN) - What's in a name, you say?
For one potential presidential candidate's website, a lot, it turns out.
Visitors to NewtExplore2012.com will see the new site launched by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as he unofficially tests the presidential campaign waters. Visitors to ExploreNewt2012.com, however, will be redirected to buddyroemer.com, the exploratory website set up by former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, who announced on Thursday that he has formed an official presidential exploratory committee.
(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took one more step toward launching a presidential bid on Friday by filing a "Political Organization" notice with the Internal Revenue Service.
The move makes it possible for the potential 2012 presidential candidate to accept donations via his exploratory web site, newtexplore2012.com , which he launched Thursday.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner announced Friday that he's taking action to have Congress defend the federal law barring recognition of same sex marriage, after the Obama Administration announced last month it no longer will.
"The constitutionality of this law should be determined by the courts - not by the president unilaterally - and this action by the House will ensure the matter is addressed in a manner consistent with our Constitution," Boehner said in a written statement released on Friday.
New York (CNNMoney) - Friday was the 155th day the federal government has operated without a budget, and some lawmakers spent it arguing over nickels and dimes.
Republican Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma introduced a bill Friday that would save a little more than $400 million a year by stripping all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Washington (CNN) – A day after their first formal talks to forge agreement on a long-stalled bill to fund the government, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders blasted each other's proposals as insufficient and dead on arrival.
To prove it, Senate leaders Friday scheduled votes for next Tuesday on their competing bills.
In a strategy agreed to by the bipartisan leaders at their meeting Thursday, the votes are designed to demonstrate that neither bill can muster enough support to become law and therefore lawmakers on the right and left must agree to more concessions.
Washington (CNN) - Trash talk and criticism seems the norm in these days of social networking, talk radio and cable pundits. But now it's spreading to the halls of Capitol Hill and the leadership of the Department of Defense.
Secretary Robert Gates may have started it when commenting on an idea for establishing a no-fly zone over Libya to protect the rebels.
Washington (CNN) - While Vice President Joe Biden leads negotiations to avoid the next threat of a government shutdown in a Senate conference room, talks on the other side of the Capitol between House Speaker John Boehner and GOP colleagues could be tougher and decide the final deal.
Biden sat down Thursday with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to try hammering out a deal to fund the government and cut spending. A two-week continuing resolution to fund the government that passed this week runs out March 18. The vice president said after the meeting that talks will continue.
With no end in sight in Libya, how should the world’s leaders react? Stephen Hadley, the former U.S. National Security Adviser, and Dr. Ali Errishi, the former Libyan Immigration Minister will join us.
Then, as at least a half dozen Republicans mull bids for the White House, we’ll talk with two politicians who have tried—unsuccessfully—to become their party’s nominee. Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, who ran in 1996 and 2000, and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who mounted a bid in 2008, will discuss the personal and professional challenges they faced before tossing their hat in the ring. What are the possible 2012 contenders doing now to prepare?
Finally, Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has planned hearings on the radicalization of Muslims in America. He’ll join us to explain what he’s hoping to learn. Also joining us will be Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress.
Washington (CNN) - Hollywood celebrity Ben Affleck is bringing his star power to Capitol Hill Tuesday, where he will testify about the "devastating humanitarian crisis in eastern Congo," according to a statement by the actor.
He will be appearing on behalf of the Eastern Congo Initiative, a non-profit organization that he founded in 2010. Affleck is expected to appear before the House Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee at a panel held by Republican Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey.
(CNN)–Chicago's mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel met with his former boss, President Barack Obama, in a closed door meeting at the White House on Friday. (White House Photo)