Washington (CNN) - A new national poll, but the same headline: When it comes to the battle over raising the nation's debt ceiling, Americans want compromise!
According to a Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday, 68 percent of the public says that lawmakers who share their views on the issue should compromise, even if it means striking a deal with which they disagree. Just 23 percent of people questioned in the poll say lawmakers should stand by their principles, even if that leads to a government default. The 68 percent who call for compromise is up 13 points from April.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner is in a tough position: between a rock and a hard place, wedged squarely into a corner.
On one side, he has President Obama painting him as a stubborn teenager who is unwilling to meet halfway on the debt ceiling.FULL STORY
NEW YORK (CNN) - In court documents filed Tuesday, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman challenged the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
The controversial legislation, often called DOMA, defines marriage for federal purposes as unions only between a man and woman, and excludes same-sex unions, even those valid under state law. According to a news release from the DA's office, the filings come as part of the ongoing case of Windsor v. United States and call for the court to acknowledge Schneiderman's assertion that DOMA violates same-sex couples' constitutional right to equal protection under the law.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Oregon Rep. David Wu's resignation announcement Tuesday has most likely provided relief to national Democrats worried about holding onto what should be considered a safe seat.
The seven term Democratic congressman said that he will resign from the House of Representatives after being accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward a fundraiser's daughter. In a statement issued by his office, Wu said he would step down once the current standoff between Congress and the White House over raising the U.S. debt ceiling is resolved.
(CNN) – Need another sign that former New York Gov. George Pataki is once again flirting with a bid for the Republican presidential nomination?
If so, here it is: One week after making stops in Iowa, the state that votes first in the presidential primary and caucus calendar, he's now heading to New Hampshire, which holds the first primary in the race for the White House.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House made clear Tuesday that August 2 remains the deadline for Congress to extend the federal debt ceiling, with Press Secretary Jay Carney telling reporters "beyond that date, we lose our capacity to borrow."
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner "has exercised all the wiggle room available to him" to extend the ability of the government to pay its bills since the nation hit its debt limit in May, Carney said.
Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had some choice words on the debt ceiling vote for other Republicans during a closed door meeting Tuesday.
"The debt limit vote sucks," the Virginia Republican declared directly to members during the House GOP conference meeting, according to two sources behind the closed doors.
Washington (CNN) – Embattled U.S. Rep. David Wu will resign from the House of Representatives after being accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward a fund-raiser's daughter, he announced Tuesday.
In a statement issued by his office, the seven-term Oregon Democrat said he would step down once the current standoff between Congress and the White House over raising the U.S. debt ceiling is resolved.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Capitol Hill is ringing busy Tuesday due to a high volume of calls and jammed phone lines in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to an email from the House's call center.
The phone traffic comes after President Barack Obama asked Americans to contact their elected leaders in his primetime speech Monday.