Washington (CNN) – Freshman Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul stood firm today on his position against raising the debt ceiling. In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room," the libertarian-leaning senator said he would only consider voting "yes" if the bill came with a balanced budget amendment.
"If (Democrats) want to spend the money, they need to be honest with the American people and say 'We've got to borrow $2 trillion because that's what we want to spend,' " Paul said. "I don't want to spend that much money."
Orlando, Florida (CNN) - Starting on July 1 in Florida, anyone who applies for welfare must first pass a drug test.
Some welfare recipients say it's a good idea, for the most part.
Washington (CNN) – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman had dinner Wednesday with five influential Republican senators in Washington as he puts the finishing touches on his near-certain presidential campaign.
Huntsman and wife Mary Kaye were seen entering The Monocle, a popular steakhouse and political watering hole on the Senate side of Capitol Hill, according to a GOP source.
Washington (CNN) – A Democratic lawmaker familiar with discussions with and about Anthony Weiner told CNN that Weiner’s colleagues are telling him this afternoon he should resign “to preserve his own dignity.”
This Democratic congressman says this afternoon’s public call by Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pennsylvania, for Weiner to resign is part of a new stepped up effort to force Weiner out. Schwartz heads up recruiting efforts for House Democrats for the 2012 election cycle. The source said the effort includes private and public calls explicitly telling Weiner it’s time to leave Congress.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – It is looking more likely that Rep. Anthony Weiner, embroiled in a sexting scandal, could lose his 9th congressional district as part of a redistricting deal, multiple New York Democratic sources told CNN on Wednesday.
New York will lose two seats when Congress gets reconfigured to reflect population shifts recorded in the 2010 national census. The state's redistricting will be decided by the state legislature in Albany, the capital, with the expected result being an overhaul that would cut a Republican seat upstate and a Democratic seat downstate.
WASHINGTON (CNN)– The economic recovery may not be moving a fast as some had expected, but despite a slowdown in gains, President Obama has no plans to change his economic strategy or to add more road trips and ramp up his public message, according to a senior administration official.
"What he says isn't going to change," stressed the official.
(CNN)- Embattled Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner called former President Bill Clinton Monday to express regret for his actions, CNN has confirmed.
A source familiar with the call would not characterize it in more detail and called it a private conversation.
Washington (CNNMoney)- Despite intense pressure from banks, the Senate failed Wednesday to delay rules capping fees that banks charge retailers to process debit card transactions by consumers.
While the vote was 54 to 45 in favor, 60 votes were need to approve the measure. The legislation would have pushed back by a year the July 21 deadline by which the Federal Reserve must cap so-called "interchange" or "swipe" fees at 12 cents per transaction, down from an average of 44 cents now. Such a move could cost the banking industry more than $13 billion.
WASHINGTON (CNN)– Pressure continued to mount on Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, to resign Wednesday - one day after Democratic leaders turned their backs on the embattled liberal congressman.
Weiner, who is married, admitted earlier this week that he engaged in sexually tinged communications with multiple women and lying about it.
Washington (CNN) – Although Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he has no advice for embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner, two prominent Democrats offered some guidance on how he might weather what one called a "perfect storm" of controversy.
"For Anthony Weiner, it's about showing true remorse and removing politics from the calculation," Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman said. "He has to then not just worry about his constituents but worry about whether he'll have a district to run for."