Washington (CNN) - House Republicans have signaled they plan to ask the Supreme Court by month's end to get involved in a constitutional fight over same-sex marriage.
In a federal court filing Wednesday in Connecticut, the House of Representatives' Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group asked a judge to put on hold consideration of a pending lawsuit in that state over the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The person who Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calls "the most powerful man in Washington" - and who "has the entire Republican Party in the palm of his hand" - visited Capitol Hill Thursday for a briefing with House GOP members and their aides.
But even before anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist entered the ornate Ways and Means Committee hearing room to talk about tax reform on Thursday, Democrats pounced, saying his appearance proves the GOP is beholden to one man's uncompromising position against any tax increases. They also sought to highlight recent reports that Norquist may be losing some support among Republicans.
Orlando, Florida (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign is gathering its major donors and bundlers for a three-day Utah retreat where supporters with deep pockets can rub elbows with the candidate, his wife and major supporters.
The event, which is being held in Park City, Utah, begins Friday and will feature a dinner speech by Romney, according to an invitation obtained by CNN.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 21, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING… OBAMA HAS SLIGHT LEAD IN CNN POLL OF POLLS: President Barack Obama has a 4 point lead over likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a compilation of polls from Gallup, Bloomberg, Pew Research Center, AP/Gfk and Reuters/ Ipsos. Forty-eight percent of respondents said Obama was their choice for president, while 44% said their choice was Romney.
LEADING… RUBIO TALKS IMMIGRATION WITH WOLF BLITZER: “Look, what I first encountered when I came to the Senate was no one wanted to talk about immigration. There were too many scars. People had gone through too much in years past. It was a very highly charged, very politicized issue. And the argument that I was making was that this was a humanitarian issue, not simply an immigration one. … And then in comes the president, without talking to anybody, and basically does it by executive order. And it's five months before the election, in a blatant effort to try to win Hispanic votes, or at least to energize the Hispanic vote and to turn it against Republicans. He's politicized it.”
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's change in immigration policy, unveiled last week, will only heighten the political gamesmanship surrounding the issue, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday.
Speaking on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," Rubio said he and his colleagues in the U.S. Senate would have a harder time pushing through longer-term solutions after Obama's move.
The full interview airs on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" Thursday at 5 p.m. ET.
(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner issued a warning Thursday to fellow House Republicans, firmly stating they should avoid celebrating if the Supreme Court overturns the controversial health care law passed by Democrats.
"No one knows what the Court will decide, and none of us would presume to know. But if the Court strikes down all or part of the president's health care law, there will be no spiking of the ball," Boehner said in a memo to GOP members of the chamber.
(CNN) - A growing list of Democrats in competitive districts and states will not attend this year's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The elected officials said they intend to spend the time with their constituents, especially given the four-day event's close proximity to Election Day.
Washington (CNN) - With time running out for Congress to prevent a doubling of interest rates on federal student loans, the White House and Republican leaders exchanged accusations Thursday on who was to blame for the lack of an agreement.
President Barack Obama chided Republicans for holding up a deal with unreasonable demands, and he urged college students to continue raising their voices on the issue.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Senators approved a giant farm bill Thursday that is estimated to cut the deficit by almost $24 billion, largely by ending direct payments to farmers and replacing them with taxpayer- subsidized crop insurance to assist farmers in need.
Passage of the bill, by a vote of 64-35, was a rare agreement in a chamber that has been fractured by partisan gridlock over much of this session.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Bias against a Mormon presidential candidate hasn’t budged in 45 years, with 18% of Americans saying they would not vote for a well-qualified candidate who happened to be Mormon, according to a Gallup Poll released Thursday.
The survey points up potential challenges for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who is vying to be the first Mormon in the White House.FULL STORY