NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Sen. Dick Durbin on Tuesday urged customers unhappy with Bank of America's new $5-a-month debit card fee to take their business elsewhere - calling the fee a golden opportunity for other banks "not as greedy" to drum up new business.
"I believe in something called competition," the Illinois Democrat said on a conference call with reporters.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday called legislation moving through Congress to crack down on China's manipulation of its currency "dangerous," arguing it's not Congress' role to intervene in the issue.
"I think it's pretty dangerous to be moving legislation through the United States Congress forcing someone to deal with the value of their currency," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill. "This is well beyond, I think, what the Congress ought to be doing."
Washington (CNN) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved legislation Tuesday keeping the federal government funded through November 18 - effectively ending another partisan showdown over taxes and spending.
House members passed the bill easily in a 352-66 vote.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – The Senate has moved quickly to confirm a replacement for slain federal Judge John Roll, killed in the mass shooting at a Tucson shopping center in January.
Judge Jennifer Guerin Zipps was elevated from a magistrate to a seat on the U-S District Court in Arizona. She works in the same Tucson courthouse as her predecessor. As a former federal prosecutor Zipps, 47, had appeared often in Roll's courtroomFULL STORY
(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Jerry Costello will not run for reelection to Congress in 2012, he announced Tuesday.
The twelve-term Illinois congressman, who serves as dean of the Illinois delegation, said he is leaving the House to pursue "other interests and opportunities that may come along."
(CNN) - And then there was one; maybe two.
I’m talking about Republicans still flirting with the idea of running for the party’s presidential nomination even though it’s very late in the process.FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Barack Obama is set to blast a top congressional Republican Tuesday for announcing that the GOP-controlled House of Representatives will not bring the administration's $447 billion jobs bill to a vote, calling the decision another setback for an already shaky economy.
Obama strongly criticizes House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, in excerpts of a speech scheduled to be delivered in Texas. The excerpts were released early by the White House.
(CNN) - Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey will announce he will not run for president in 2012, a GOP source in New Jersey told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
The first-term governor, who has considered launching a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, will make the announcement at a news conference in Trenton on Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET. A handful of operatives and friends who made clear they were ready to help his bid told King they received no call to arms ahead of Tuesday's announcement.
Washington (CNN) - Members of Congress have received between 200% to 1,000% more constituent mail in the last decade than they ever have before, says a report released Tuesday.
The report, titled "Communicating With Congress: How Citizen Advocacy is Changing Mail Operations on Capitol Hill," found that on average, Senate offices reported a 548% increase in mail volume since 2002, while House offices reported a 158% increase.
Washington (CNN) - A second national poll indicates a dramatic decline in voter support for Texas Gov. Rick Perry following a shaky debate performance and questions about his stance on social security and immigration.
According to a Washington Post/ABC News survey released Tuesday, 16% of likely Republican voters back Perry, a virtual tie with Godfather's Pizza executive Herman Cain. Both men trail former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who stands at 25%.