(CNN) - A source close to Maria Shriver tells CNN it would be a mistake to assume that the former California first lady is a wreck in the wake of revelations of her husband's infidelity.
"It's a misperception that Maria is adrift, that she's lost trying to figure out where to go next," this source says, adding, "This is an empowered woman. Even her decision to leave (her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger) was the choice of an empowered woman who knows where she's going and what she wants in life."
Washington (CNN) - On a mostly party-line vote, the Senate on Tuesday defeated a Democratic measure to strip major oil companies of about $20 billion in tax subsidies over the next 10 years and use the savings to pay down the deficit.
Three Democrats and two Republicans crossed sides in the 52-48 vote, preventing the bill from reaching a required 60-vote threshold for passage.
Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich spoke late Tuesday afternoon with Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin in the wake of his comments regarding Ryan’s plan to reform Medicare.
Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler told CNN Gingrich was “reaching out” and that the call “went very well.”
(CNN)-House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King will hold a hearing on how the death of Osama bin Laden impacts homeland security in one week, according to a written statement on his website.
"The national conversation has revolved around details emerging from the killing of Bin Laden by U.S. Special Operations Forces," he said.
Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich carried a revolving charge account between $250,001 and $500,000 in 2005 and 2006 for the high-end Tiffany & Co. jewelry store when his wife worked as a congressional staffer, according to public records.
The liability was reported in Callista Gingrich's financial disclosure forms filed in 2006 and 2007 covering activity from 2005 and 2006. Her job on the House Agriculture Committee ended on Jan. 1, 2007. As a high-level congressional employee, Callista Gingrich was required each year to file such a form detailing her personal finances from the preceding year.
Washington (CNN) - There is growing support in Congress for cutting off some U.S. aid to Pakistan because leaders there turn a blind eye to terrorists who go after U.S. targets, the powerful chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Tuesday.
"I believe there is strong feeling inside the Democratic group of senators, and probably inside Republican senators as well, that the continued harboring of the Haqqani network and the Quetta Shura by the Pakistanis, where those people are crossing the border freely and killing our troops and Afghan troops, represents a real problem in terms of continuing financial support for Pakistan," Sen. Carl Levin told reporters in a Capitol hallway.
Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, is pulling out of so-called "Gang of Six" bipartisan negotiations for now – dealing a potentially fatal blow to the group that has been working intensely for some five months to find agreement on a deficit reduction plan.
Coburn believes the group has reached an "impasse."
(CNN) – Potential presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann may expedite an announcement about her presidential intentions.
"The recent response from people, in terms of Facebook activity and donations, has been amazing," Bachmann said in a statement Tuesday. "And it is forcing us to probably speed up our timing. We were looking at June, but we may make a decision in May."
Dallas (CNN) - With former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee taking a pass on a second presidential bid and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin still only eyeing the race for the GOP nomination from the sidelines, there remains room for a plain-spoken, Tea Party-friendly Republican to jump into the mix.
But Texas Gov. Rick Perry insists he isn't giving the race a second look, despite a new report that some of his political supporters still want him to join the presidential fray.
(CNN) - David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Obama's re-election campaign talked with CNN's Piers Morgan about political scandals and whether he misses working in the White House.
Watch the full interview on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" at 9 p.m. ET.