Washington (CNN)-A Republican source familiar with the negotiations tells CNN that Speaker Boehner told Republican lawmakers Friday that to get the debt ceiling raised by August 2nd, the House must vote on legislation by next Wednesday-and that means it must be posted online this coming Monday.
A House GOP leadership aide tells CNN that Boehner is telling members he believes a House vote has to happen by Wednesday in order for the Senate to have enough time to vote on it before August 2nd. This is because House GOP leaders assume that conservatives in the Senate will force the Senate to overcome a number of procedural options that could take days to do.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen have certified that the U.S. military is prepared to accept openly gay and lesbian service members, and that doing so will not harm military readiness, the White House announced Friday.
Under a bill passed last year that set up a process for repealing the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy, all three men needed to sign a certification confirming the military's ability to move forward with the integration of openly gay and lesbian troops.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – Could a failure to raise the debt ceiling spark the same kind of credit crisis that plunged the global economy into a recession in 2008?
Short answer: Yes. That's exactly the situation some experts are warning the United States will find itself in if the Treasury Department were to miss interest payments.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Conservative Republicans love to invoke the name of Ronald Reagan, the icon of GOP purity, in the eyes of many.
But as the debt ceiling stalemate drags into the weekend, former Republican Congressman Vin Weber is urging the party's present-day rank-and-file to be more like Reagan - and that means compromising.
Listen to Constantini's interview with Rep. Weber: Download: race.08.html
Urbandale, Iowa (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty hit the hockey rink Friday in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama took his call for compromise on Washington's contentious debt reduction talks on the road Friday, telling an audience at the University of Maryland that politicians need to "wind it back" and stop "demonizing the other side."
He didn't hesitate to lash out at GOP resistance to tax hikes in the marathon negotiations, however, declaring that it's time for "the wealthiest Americans and the biggest corporations (to) do their part."FULL STORY
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – In an exclusive CNN interview, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty unleashed unusually caustic language against President Obama on Friday, claiming the president is "ducking, bobbing and weaving" to avoid offering specifics on entitlement reform.
Pawlenty made the comments to CNN Anchor and Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley in an interview to be aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – His poll numbers have remained low despite a vigorous campaign. And he admits he must "show some progress" at a looming, high-stakes contest.
But Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty on Friday said any notion that he will soon quit the race is "preposterous."
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's approval rating is down to 45 percent, driven in part by growing dissatisfaction on the left with the president's track record in office, according to a new national survey.
A CNN/ORC International Poll also indicates that the Republican "brand" is taking a beating in the minds of Americans.