New York (CNNMoney) - Bowing to public pressure, the Obama administration said Thursday it will delay a decision on the controversial Keystone oil sands pipeline expansion until at least 2013.
Citing concern over the proposed route through Nebraska's Sand Hills region and over the Ogallala Aquifer, the State Department said it needs more time to study the issues and look at possible alternative routes.
UPDATE 4:06 pm: The attorney for a woman who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment in the late 1990s said Thursday his client is not prepared to hold a news conference about the allegations until other victims agree to join her.
Washington (CNN) - Herman Cain accuser Karen Kraushaar is "not considering a press conference" if only she and the other named accuser, Sharon Bialek, are willing to participate, according to a source close to Kraushaar.
"She still would like to have a press conference with all four women" who have accused Cain of sexual harassment, the source said, but it has not yet come together.
Washington (CNN) - Dennis Ross, one of the president's top advisers dealing with Middle East policy, announced Thursday he's stepping down from his post, leaving prospects for the administration's efforts to restart the peace process even more uncertain.
He cited a promise he made to his wife to serve in the Obama administration for only two years.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dismissed a recent GOP deficit reduction plan Thursday, saying it isn't a serious attempt at compromise despite the tax increases it includes.
Asked if he was encouraged by negotiations among members of the congressional "super committee" that is trying to forge a debt-reduction agreement, the Nevada Democrat curtly told CNN: "With that phony deal the Republicans offered? No."
Washington (CNN) - While controversy swirls around Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, his campaign is continuing to see a major financial boost.
The campaign announced Thursday it has brought in more than $9 million since October 1. In the last 10 days, when stories about the controversy first appeared, it has raised $2.25 million.
Washington (CNN) – Foreign Service officers are firing back at Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's charges that some State Department employees are not working in the best interest of the country.
In a written statement, the American Foreign Service Association said Thursday the Texas governor's comments "reflect a serious misunderstanding" of the role of Foreign Service officers "in promoting American interests overseas."
Washington (CNNMoney) - Heading into Veterans Day, the Senate unanimously passed a bill to help unemployed veterans seeking jobs as well as federal contractors facing a new tax burden in 2013.
The Senate voted 95-to-0 to pass the first and so far only piece of President Obama's jobs package to get out of the chamber. The House is expected to take up the bill and pass it next week.
New York (CNNMoney) - Take that Rick Perry! Ben Bernanke headed down to Texas to rally the troops Thursday, and didn't get treated so "ugly" after all.
The Federal Reserve Chairman spoke to soldiers at Fort Bliss, offering up tips to improve their job prospects and personal finances. His speech - along with a question-and-answer session - came about three months after Perry, the Texas governor and a Republican presidential candidate, mildly threatened Bernanke and called him "almost treasonous."
(CNN) - It's been dubbed the "'Oops' heard around the world," and now there's YouTube evidence to back that up.
According to the video share site, the 53-second clip of Perry's stumble during Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate was the top-rising search that night and was the most-viewed YouTube video in the U.S.on Thursday morning.
(CNN) – It’s been pretty amazing how significant the Republican presidential debates have proven to be this year. They have clearly shaped attitudes in rather dramatic ways.
Presidential historians may write one day that this was the year of the debate.