Washington (CNN) - Democrats and Republicans tried to force versions of a jobs bill through the Senate late Thursday, but both fell short of the 60 votes they would have needed to bring their proposals to the floor.
In a 50-50 vote, senators blocked a component of President Barack Obama's jobs bill - $35 billion for states and localities to hire more teachers and first responders while preventing current ones from being laid off.
Washington (CNN) – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outpaced its Republican counterpart for the month of September, according to numbers released late Thursday.
In a push to regain control of the House of Representatives, the fundraising arm for House Democrats raised $6.64 million last month, compared with $3.8 million raised by the National Republican Campaign Committee.
Treynor, Iowa (CNN) – Mitt Romney on Thursday said he has a "good shot" at becoming president.
At an economic roundtable of business leaders in Treynor, Iowa, the candidate began the question-and-answer session by saying: “Your topics are at your choosing. But there’s a good shot I might become the next president of the United States. It’s not a sure thing, but it’s a good shot.”
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved the nomination of former utility executive John Bryson as commerce secretary, replacing Gary Locke.
President Barack Obama lauded the development Thursday in a press release, vowing that Bryson "will be a key member of my economic team, working with the business community to promote job creation, foster growth and help open up new markets around the world for American-made goods."
(CNN) – Democratic super PAC Priorities USA packed a punch Thursday in a web ad aimed at GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney.
In the video, the former Massachusetts governor is berated for his attitude toward taxes, or what the political-action committee calls the “Romney rule.”
Council Bluffs, Iowa (CNN) – On Thursday, Mitt Romney said President Obama deserves some praise for Moammar Gadhafi's death.
At an appearance in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the Republican presidential candidate was asked about the Libyan leader who was killed as transitional government troops clashed with the ex-ruler's loyalists.
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden indicated that international coalitions working together serve as a template for boosting causes in the Middle East while speaking with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
“When, in fact, there is a cause that the Arab world can unite on and the West wants to help…we don’t have to do it ourselves, Biden said in an interview set to air Sunday, October 23 on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
(CNN) – It’s truly amazing to see the dramatic changes that occurred in North Africa and the Middle East this year. Gadhafi, bin Laden, al-Awlaki dead. Mubarak in jail. Other despots have fled or are on the verge of being removed from power. Bashar al-Assad brutally fighting for his survival in Syria.
Anyone who would have predicted these changes a year ago would have been dismissed as weird.
Washington (CNN) - U.S. Capitol Police said Thursday that they are investigating a reported threat made against Illinois Rep. Bobby Schilling.
The Republican's spokeswoman confirmed the threat and said Schilling is grateful for the "professionalism of local law enforcement in responding to this situation."
(CNN) - Rick Santorum made his presidential candidacy official in New Hampshire Thursday, filing his nominating petitions with the Secretary of State's office in Concord.
"I'm here to affirm that we are going to be here in New Hampshire," Santorum said as he filed the requisite paperwork to appear on the New Hampshire ballot. "We know we can do well. We really feel very good about the support we've been given. We're going to continue to fight here."