Washington (CNN) - The Senate rejected a Republican measure Wednesday to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. coastal waters, signaling a continued partisan stalemate over energy policy and, more specifically, how to respond to rising gas prices.
The bill was defeated in a 42-57 vote. Sixty votes were required for passage.
(CNN)– The United States has seen no evidence that the senior Pakistani leadership knew of Osama bin Laden's presence in Pakistan, Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters Wednesday.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama Wednesday imposed tough sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and six other senior Syrian officials in an effort to stop the regime's fierce crackdown on protests, the U.S. Treasury Department said.
The sanctions also target two top Iranian officials whose unit was a "conduit for Iranian material support" to Syrian intelligence, according to a copy of the executive order issued by the White House.
(CNN) – Just when you thought the so-called "birther" controversy had trailed off, the president's re-election campaign is stoking the fire.
The campaign sent an email to supporters Wednesday selling t-shirts and mugs with a picture of President Obama above the words "Made in the USA" and a copy of his birth certificate.
(CNN) – Democratic Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn has advanced to a July 12 special runoff election to replace former Democratic Rep. Jane Harman in Congress, according to unofficial vote returns from a special election held Tuesday.
Her opponent will either be Republican businessman Craig Huey or California's Democratic Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama and two Republicans who hope to replace him, former governors Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, are all separately holding fundraising events Wednesday.
The president will be the main attraction at two gatherings in Boston. According to a Democratic source with knowledge of the fundraisers, the first is a reception at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts and the second is a dinner at a private residence. There will be approximately 900 people at the reception and 130 at the dinner.
Washington (CNN) - Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says he is moving closer to a decision of whether to run for the Republican presidential nomination.
"I'm not going to take much longer," he told the Indianapolis Star in an interview published Tuesday. Some Republican consultants – unhappy with the current field – are urging him to enter the contest hoping he would provide a new face to the current lineup of contenders.
Dallas (CNN) - The Republican National Committee raised more than $6 million in April as Chairman Reince Priebus works to pay down the party's staggering debt load, CNN has learned.
The party organization, which began the year $24 million in the red, paid off $1 million in debt in April and reduced its total debt to $18.9 million.
Washington (CNN) - Even the commander-in-chief takes a back seat to bad weather. Wednesday, just as Air Force One was approaching Hartford’s Bradley International Airport to land, the pilot executed a missed approach and circled around.
Federal Aviation Authority spokeswoman Laura Brown tells CNN, "The plane had not yet reached the runway and the weather was 'bad' so the pilot circled around and lined up for another landing."
Washington (CNN) – Probable Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum expressed his respect for Sen. John McCain's military service Wednesday after saying McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner during the Vietnam War, "doesn't understand how enhanced interrogation works."
During an interview on the Hugh Hewitt radio show Monday, Santorum said enhanced interrogation aided the United States in its capture of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.