Washington (CNN)-The debt debate got ugly over the internet between two Florida representatives on either side of the House aisle. Freshman Congressman Allen West ripped into Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz over e-mail following her comments on the House floor Tuesday.
Calling the Democratic National Committee Chair the "most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member" of the House, West said, "Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige."
Washington(CNN)-Should lawmakers be concerned about repercussions from action taken during the debt-ceiling debate reverberating to 2012? Two new polls indicate Americans are already thinking that far ahead.
According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday, eight in 10 are either “dissatisfied or “angry” about the way federal government is working, the highest number since the 1990s. The frustration comes at a time when negotiations to raise the amount of money that the nation can borrow constantly stop and start and the heels of negotiators dig in.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. House on Tuesday passed the so-called "cut, cap and balance" measure backed by conservative Republicans that would impose strict caps on all future federal spending while making it significantly tougher to raise taxes. The plan opposed by President Barack Obama now goes to the Senate, where Democrats are expected to defeat it.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. House on Tuesday night passed the "cut, cap and balance" deficit reduction plan backed by tea party conservatives but dismissed by President Barack Obama, who offered strong praise for another proposal put together by a bipartisan group of senators.
The so-called Gang of Six plan - drafted by three Democratic and three Republican senators - presents a possible compromise to Obama and congressional leaders as they approach a deadline for a deal on cutting federal deficits in order to gain Republican support for raising the federal debt ceiling to avoid an unprecedented default.FULL STORY
WASHINGTON (CNN) - What would Ronald Reagan do? It's a question many Republicans often ask, but on Tuesday Democrats turned to the former president's words to argue he would raise the debt limit.
House Democrats released new video that features a Reagan radio address from September 1987 during which he called on Congress to raise the debt ceiling.
Washington (CNN) - The top two Democrats in the Senate said they don't think there is enough time before the debt ceiling is reached Aug. 2 to pass the comprehensive debt reduction plan unveiled Tuesday by the Gang of Six debt negotiators.
"The Gang of Six plan has not been drafted nor has it been scored by the CBO (Congressional Budget Office)," said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Assistant Majority Leader and a member of the debt gang who supports the compromise. "It's not ready for prime time."
Austin, TX (CNN) - For Republicans who are dissatisfied with the current presidential field for 2012, it could be divine intervention.
GOP insiders see Texas Governor Rick Perry as a potential game-changer. As his state's longest serving governor, the pro-business Perry appeals to both tea party activists and Christian conservatives, all with a Texas swagger.
Washington (CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign is giving its version of what happened at a campaign appearance on Tuesday amid claims that two Bachmann bodyguards "manhandled" a reporter who was trying to question the presidential candidate.
At issue is an altercation involving the Minnesota Republican and ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross at a campaign stop in Aiken, South Carolina.
(CNN) - Republicans will face off in New York next year on April 24, a date that falls more than two months later than the state's last presidential primary on Feb. 5, 2008.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday that scheduled the primary to coincide with three nearby states: Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
It's not easy to get to Michele Bachmann. Her appearance at a rally on Tuesday in Aiken, South Carolina, attended by perhaps 150 people, featured three uniformed police officers and two body guards in plain clothes. One of those guards spent much of the day preventing reporters from getting too close to the candidate.
As she greeted fans and signed autographs after her speech, he planted himself directly in front of another man filming her chit-chat with a hand-held video camera. (At another event on Tuesday I had seen the same man making hand gestures to another Bachmann staffer when I came near with a pen and pad.)FULL STORY