Washington (CNN) - A time-honored tradition of any presidential address to Congress is the jockeying for prime seating by lawmakers on both sides of the center aisle of the House chamber. Hours before President Barack Obama was scheduled to present his jobs plan to a joint session of Congress Thursday, a handful of seats were already spoken for.
According to a congressional source familiar with the speech plans, Democratic Rep. Dale Kildee, Michigan, Rep. Barbara Lee, California, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, California, Rep. Joe Baca, California, and Rep. Silvestre Reyes, Texas had all staked out positions even before 9 a.m. ET.
Washington (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama has invited a diverse array of business executives, military personnel and workers – both well known and unknown – to sit in her box at President Barack Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress on Thursday.
The selection of 24 guests and what each guest is noted for in the White House release of guests are considered indicators as to what the president's speech may address.
Washington (CNN) – In back to back news conferences Thursday, rank and file Republicans pounced on President Barack Obama's jobs proposal, saying the president should instead focus on eliminating burdensome government regulations on small business owners.
Ahead of Thursday night's presidential address to a joint session of Congress, Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, took the first swing, demanding "details" on Obama's proposal.
New York (CNNMoney) - Sounding a bit like a broken record, Ben Bernanke once again urged lawmakers to not put the recovery at risk as they focus on slashing government spending over the long haul.
While the Federal Reserve Chairman's comments were nothing new, they seemed perfectly timed to coincide with the first meeting of the 12-member bipartisan debt super committee Thursday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Just one week after David Bitner announced he was stepping down as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, the former state representative has died.
Bitner announced in April that he had Lou Gehrig's disease but said he would maintain the chairman's responsibilities as long as he could.
(CNN) - An Indiana group called Hoosiers for a Conservative Senate will hold a straw poll later this month to endorse a GOP candidate to primary challenge longtime Republican Sen. Richard Lugar.
The group tells CNN that their convention will be held on September 24th in Greenfield, Indiana and that it will include both a convention style format and a straw poll, with two delegates each from 55 tea party groups from across the state voting. Hoosiers for a Conservative Senate will make their Senate endorsement based on the results of the straw poll vote.
Washington (CNN) – Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday that twelve "job creators" will sit in the speaker's box at President Barack Obama's joint address to Congress tonight.
Boehner said that each of these guests exemplify regulations that have effected businesses around the United States.
(CNN) - The criminal trial of former presidential candidate and U.S. senator John Edwards has been delayed until January, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
The trial had been scheduled to start next month. The order authorizing the delay was signed by James Beatty, the chief judge for the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of North Carolina.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Ever heard of a State of the Union speech in September?
Um, not usually. That is, except for tonight. The president called for the session-and Republicans couldn't figure out a way out of it, so they're attending, reluctantly. No Democrat-sits-with-a-GOP-buddy system this time; some Republicans have even threatened to boycott.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A federal appeals court has tossed out Virginia's lawsuit against the sweeping health care reform effort championed by President Barack Obama, after the three-judge panel concluded Thursday the state lacks the jurisdictional authority to challenge the 2010 law.
The unanimous decision sets up a certain Supreme Court review in coming months.FULL STORY