Washington (CNN) - A late evening meeting between President Barack Obama and the leaders of the House and Senate failed reach agreement Wednesday on a spending plan to avert a government shutdown, but all the participants said progress was made and talks would continue.
If there is no deal by midnight Friday, when the current spending authorization measure expires, parts of the government will close down.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - After returning to the White House from a trip to Pennsylvania and New York, President Barack Obama will meet with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday night to "help them bridge the narrow, but important gaps that remain," said a White House official.
Earlier in the day, the president had received a more optimistic assessment on the negotiations after speaking by phone with Boehner and Reid, according to the official.
Washington (CNN) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump received some good news Wednesday if he chooses to run for the White House in 2012.
According to the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, "the Donald" and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tied for second place with support from 17 percent of likely Republican primary voters, falling behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 21 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin trailed with 11 percent and 10 percent respectively.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner became choked up during a meeting with House Republicans Wednesday, according to several GOP sources in the room.
Two Republican sources said he became emotional when he expressed gratitude for GOP conference support over his decision to move ahead on another stopgap bill that would fund the government for an additional week. Those in the meeting then applauded the Ohio congressman, praise that CNN could hear outside the room.
Washington (CNN) - Actor Alec Baldwin made a cameo on Capitol Hill Wednesday, advocating for a bill aimed at changing finance regulations for congressional elections.
At a press conference accompanied by Democrats Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Connecticut Rep. John Larson, and Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree. Baldwin stressed the importance of "reducing the influence of corporate lobbyists and special interest money."
(CNN) - A once-obscure election for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court that turned into a referendum for Gov. Scott Walker's controversial anti-union initiatives is too close to call Wednesday and likely headed toward a recount.
Kevin Kennedy, Wisconsin's chief election official told reporters Wednesday that the unofficial totals show "about a 200 vote difference" between Justice David Prosser, who is expected to be sympathetic toward the governor's policies and JoAnne Kloppenburg, a state attorney general who enjoyed support from several unions.
Washington (CNN) - As the clock ticks toward a government shutdown, Tea Party activists are turning up the heat. Hundreds of conservative activists rallied Wednesday near the steps of the U.S. Capitol chanting, "Shut it down."
"It's time for taxpayers to take back the government. And let's shut it down for a few days. It's not going to come to a catastrophic end," said David Williams with the Taxpayer Protection Alliance.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama has invited House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to a White House meeting on Wednesday night because "not enough progress has been made" on a budget deal to avoid a government shutdown, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.
The meeting is set for 8:45 p.m., Carney said.
Washington (CNN) - More than 100,000 Justice Department employees, including federal law enforcement officials from the FBI, ATF, DEA, U.S. Attorney offices and many other agencies, will know by Friday whether they will be required to work during a looming government shutdown.
Attorney General Eric Holder sent a memo to employees, obtained by CNN, that promised, "Should it become necessary to implement our contingency plans, you will receive notice from your manager no later than Friday April 8th regarding the designation of your position and status."
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The fiscal year is 188 days old, and the federal government is still operating without a long-term spending bill. And now, if lawmakers can't cut a deal, the government will shutdown.
Usually, lawmakers make some effort to pass a real, 365-day budget. Not this year.FULL STORY