Washington (CNN) – In the heat of the political debate over the debt ceiling last week, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado) may have crossed the line when he said that being associated with President Obama would be similar to touching a "tar baby".
"Even if some people say, well the Republicans should have done this or they should have done that, they will hold the president responsible," said Lamborn said Friday during an interview on a Denver radio station. "Now I don't want to even have to be associated with him. It's like touching a tar baby and you get, you get it, you know… you are stuck and you are part of the problem now and you can't get away."
Washington (CNN) - President Obama and congressional leaders have agreed to a plan that would lift the nation's credit limit and avoid an unprecedented default on its debt, which could have widespread economic ramifications ranging from higher interest rates to a predicted stock market crash. Congress still must approve the deal by Tuesday.
Here's the situation at a glance:
The two-stage plan calls for $2.4 trillion in savings over the next decade, although the the Congressional Budget Office pegs the savings at $2.1 trillion.
Washington (CNN) – The U.S. House on Monday passed the debt-ceiling deal worked out by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, sending it to the Senate for consideration a day before the deadline for the government to face possible default.
A Senate vote was expected Tuesday, according to multiple Senate leadership aides from each party.
Washington (CNN) – It's not likely to be found on any Washington-area menus soon. Congressional Black Caucus chair Emanuel Cleaver blasted the final debt deal brokered between congressional leadership and President Obama on Twitter as a "Satan sandwich" Monday.
"This deal is a sugar-coated Satan sandwich," he said. "If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see."
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The U.S. House on Monday passed the debt ceiling deal worked out by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, sending it to the Senate for consideration a day before the deadline for the government to face possible default.
Read the full vote count after the jump.
Washington (CNN) – U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, grievously wounded during a January assassination attempt, returned to the floor of the House of Representatives Monday evening to vote in support of a plan to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.
Giffords was met by a wave of applause from colleagues as she walked into the chamber to support the hard-fought measure, passed a day before a deadline for the government to face possible default. It was the Arizona Democrat's first vote since being shot through the head at a meeting with her Tucson-area constituents January 8.
Washington (CNN) – Here is more information from Democrats familiar with today's closed-door House meeting, with Vice President Biden.
The Vice President said the 14th amendment was NOT an option for the President. Context: Rep. DeFazio (D-Oregon) wanted to know why the president didn't just use the 14th amendment. The VP explained the president had his legal scholars look into it and decided it was not appropriate. We've previously been advised that VP Biden consulted with the White House counsel's office about options – including whether the 14th amendment could be invoked.
On reports that the VP called tea party lawmakers "terrorists": Multiple Democratic sources say the VP was listening to angry Democrats vent about Republicans who said they "negotiate like terrorists" "how can you negotiate with hostage takers" and that they "feel pick pocketed."
Washington (CNN)-With "sacred cows" on the table for both parties in the debt deal brokered between Democrats and Republicans, it's no wonder protests are drowning out cheers.
But the loudest protests are being hurled on the same side of the aisle, as Democrats accuse their own leaders of "capitulating" while Republicans say their leadership has accepted a deal that doesn't do enough.
(CNN) – When it comes to fashion, Lady Gaga has Hillary Clinton's back.
Gaga defended the secretary of state Monday in response to recent criticism by "Project Runway" star Tim Gunn, who stirred controversy when he made fun of Clinton's pantsuit-heavy wardrobe last week.