Washington (CNN) - Congressional Democrats, frustrated that President Obama is including entitlement changes in debt negotiations, pushed back Friday, insisting they will not support any benefit cuts to Medicare or Social Security.
They also reminded the White House it should heed their concerns if it wants to get Democratic votes necessary to pass any agreement.
(CNN) - The moon isn't what it used to be.
When President John Kennedy promised the country a lunar landing within eight years, his famous declaration became a symbol of the American can-do ideal, stating that we do such endeavors, "Not because they are easy, but because they are hard."
(CNN) - Betty Ford, the widow of late President Gerald Ford and a co-founder of an eponymous addiction center in California, has died at the age of 93, according to the director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.
Ford died Friday evening with family at her bedside, according to a family member.
(CNN) - The race is heating up in former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner's congressional district.
Republicans chose their nominee, businessman Bob Turner, on Friday to run in a special election set for Sept. 13.
Washington (CNN) - Welcome to the 2012 campaign, where rapid response comes in the form of poison-tipped tweets fired by the nation’s top political operatives.
Witness the battle being waged in the Twitter-verse over the disappointing June jobs report.
Washington (CNN) - Veteran Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel made an impassioned plea to religious leaders Friday, calling on them to lobby members of Congress and the Obama administration to remember the "lesser of my brothers and sisters" during this weekend's debt negotiations.
"What would Jesus do this weekend? Or Moses. Or Allah. Or anyone else," the New York congressman said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. "I don't want this book (debt negotiations) closed without the clergy having an opportunity to forcefully express themselves as well as I know they can do."
(CNN) – The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee responded Friday to a scathing letter from a top executive at Koch Industries, Inc., who blasted the group after he was solicited for campaign contributions.
Philip Ellender, president for government and public affairs at Koch Industries, a frequent Democratic target, said he received a letter and voicemail from DSCC Chair Patty Murray in June. He posted the audio from the voicemail on KochFacts.com, a website dedicated to defending the influential conservative Koch brothers - David and Charles.
(CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann jokingly welcomed comments made earlier in the week by a top adviser for rival presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty's campaign, who said the congresswoman had "sex appeal."
"Listen, I'm 55 years old. I've given birth to five kids, and I've raised 23 foster kids," the Minnesota Republican said Friday in a radio interview on the Scott Hennen Show. "So that sounds like good news to me."
Washington (CNN) - Top congressional Republicans on Friday used the new dismal jobs report to blast Democrats' push for more tax revenue in the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations, arguing that such a move would derail an already shaky economic recovery.
Federal officials reported Friday that the economy added only 18,000 jobs in June - far below the number predicted by most economists. Unemployment inched up another tenth of a point to 9.2 percent.
(CNN) - Crossroads GPS, an independent Republican advocacy group, announced a new wave of ads Friday, the second phase of a $20 million campaign focused on government spending and the national debt.
The $7 million ad buy will include a spot on national cable and television stations in battleground and early presidential contest states, as well as state-specific ads targeting Democratic senators, according to the group.