Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that the Obama administration is exacerbating rising energy costs and adding an extra financial burden to struggling American families and small businesses.
"The Obama administration has consistently blocked American energy production that would lower costs and create jobs in our country," Boehner said at a press conference announcing a House GOP initiative to push for more domestic energy production.
(CNN) – A White House official tells CNN the President will hold a news conference at 11:15am on Friday to discuss rising gas prices and other issues.
(CNN) – Bad weather prevented Mitt Romney from making it to Tallahassee, Florida Thursday, but it didn't prevent him from scoring an important endorsement.
State Senator John Thrasher, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, says he's ready to throw his support to Romney if the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate makes another run for the White House, as expected.
(CNN) – U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords plans to attend the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour next month - a little more than three months after she was shot in the head outside a Tucson, Arizona, supermarket - her spokesman said.
Giffords' husband, Capt. Mark Kelly, will command the shuttle. After spending the days after the shooting at his wife's hospital bedside, he decided in February that would continue his assignment as the mission commander. At the time, Giffords' spokesman C.J. Karamargin said the Arizona Democrat "fully understands" that her husband is flying the shuttle and supports his decision.
Washington (CNN) – Testimony by the director of national intelligence has prompted a leading Senate Republican to call for his resignation even as other senators expressed support.
In a statement, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, criticized James Clapper's statement, given during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, that Moammar Gadhafi's regime would "prevail" over the rebels in Libya.
(CNN) – Wisconsin's Republican-controlled state Assembly has passed an amended version of a controversial bill that curbs the collective bargaining rights of most of its state workers.
The measure was passed 53 – 42 in favor of the bill.
(CNN) – In a new web video released Thursday potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitch Daniels called his suggestion that potential Republican candidates declare a truce on social issues in the next election "a tactical suggestion."
In an interview with "Uncommon Knowledge," a webcast in conjunction with the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, the Indiana governor said avoiding moral issues during the primaries would prevent the party from alienating voters: "all I was really saying was I don't want to lose one person."
Washington (CNN) – Nearly a year after Congress passed health care reform and the President signed it into law House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she's "pretty confident" the law will stand.
"I feel pretty confident about it, because this is a very balanced bill despite the misrepresentations that were made about it," Pelosi said when asked during a Capitol Hill news conference how confident she is that the law will stay intact.
New York (CNN) - As businessman Donald Trump continues to mull over a possible run for the presidency in 2012, one thing he made clear Thursday is that he is unhappy with the current leadership in the country.
"You see what can be done with proper leadership. We in this country, we don't have unfortunately that leadership," said Trump when specifically asked about President Obama and what he would do differently. Trump was speaking at a press conference in New York City.
(CNN) - Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill will write a hefty check to the U.S. Treasury Department soon, as payback for using taxpayer money to fly her family's plane around the state.
McCaskill's office confirms that she will repay $88,000 including $76,000 to charter the plane owned by a holding company registered to her husband and $12,000 in pilot fees.