(CNN) - A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Tuesday that the provision in President Barack Obama's health care initiative requiring individuals to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional.
The bill, which was signed into law last year, has faced a deluge of lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Former Obama administration official and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren will announce her candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, opening a race between Warren and Republican Sen. Scott Brown.
Kyle Sullivan, a Warren campaign advisor, confirmed the announcement to CNN.
Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - High school students chanted "pass this bill" to a rousing speech Tuesday by President Barack Obama touting his $447 billion jobs plan, while senior administration officials said the push for Congress to approve the legislation would last months.
White House spokesman Jay Carney, meanwhile, opened the door to Obama's proposal getting passed in pieces, rather than as a single package.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Moderating a presidential debate is not easy. That is especially true when you have eight candidates on the stage – each one eager to get as much time as possible to make his or her points.
Four years ago, I moderated five CNN presidential debates. Some had eight or even nine candidates on the stage. The final one I did had only two – Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - On the day Democrats hope to win a special election in ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner's district, several Democratic members of Congress from New York showed their support Tuesday for candidate David Weprin.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said both candidates would be strong supporters of Israel, a crucial position in perhaps the strongest Jewish district in the country. But with the Democrat, Schumer said, "you're going to get someone who's going fight to preserve Medicare and Social Security, in addition."
(CNN) - The independent GOP group American Crossroads put up two billboard ads this week, slamming Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri for a private jet scandal earlier this year.
Posted outside airports in St. Louis and Springfield, the signs read: "Sky-high airfares got you down? Senator Claire McCaskill: Flies in her own jet – and you pay for it!"
Washington (CNNMoney) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor critiqued the Obama jobs plan on Tuesday, pointing out areas lawmakers can agree on as well as areas that House Republicans will oppose - including stimulus spending and tax hikes on the rich.
"We need to work very hard to try to peel off things that we can actually agree on," Cantor said at a summit hosted by the American Action Forum, a right-leaning think tank created by deficit hawk Doug Holtz-Eakin, a former Congressional Budget Office director.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Well, that didn’t take long.
As quickly as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Monday that she was moving the state’s 2012 presidential primary to February 28, the South Carolina Republican Party said on Tuesday that they will leapfrog any state that tries to move ahead of the Palmetto State.
Tampa (CNN) - Perhaps it was because Rep. Michele Bachmann was in her element at the CNN/Tea Party Republican Debate. With her campaign flagging, the founder of the Tea Party Caucus in Congress delivered a surprise body blow to the GOP front-runner, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Challenging Perry on his 2007 executive order that required Texas schoolgirls to receive vaccinations against the sexually transmitted HPV virus, Bachmann suggested the governor acted for purely political reasons.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The statement: "President Obama, in a stunning, shocking level of power, now just recently told all private insurance companies, 'You must offer the morning-after abortion pill, because I said so. And it must be free of charge.' That same level coming through executive orders and through government dictates is wrong."
- Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, at Monday night's CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential debate
The facts: In August, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a list of several women's health services it will require health insurance plans to cover, including screenings for conditions such as gestational diabetes, human papillomavirus (HPV) and counseling on sexually transmitted diseases.FULL STORY