(CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan, now one of the highest profile Republican congressmen following his bid for vice president, is backing Rep. Tom Price for a top role in the House GOP leadership over the top Republican woman in the House, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
In a letter to colleagues, obtained by CNN Tuesday, Ryan says Price is "uniquely qualified for the job of [Republican] Conference Chairman."
New York (CNNMoney) - Republicans have officially gotten on board with raising revenue for deficit reduction - by curbing tax breaks in conjunction with lowering tax rates.
The idea of curbing tax breaks isn't new. Tax policy experts have touted it for years and Democrats, including President Obama, have proposed it in one form or another. That's why it may offer a key to resolving the fiscal cliff.
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Susan Collins, the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, joined other lawmakers Tuesday in expressing concern about how much time had passed before the FBI got word out that former CIA Director David Petraeus was associated with an FBI investigation.
Meeting with reporters after a private meeting with Maine's senator-elect Angus King, Collins said "It does seem like there was an inordinate amount of time that passed. But we really don't have facts yet to reach any kind of conclusion."
(CNN) - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is no longer being treated at the Mayo Clinic for what he described last month as "several serious health issues," clinic spokesman Nick Hanson said Tuesday.
The Illinois congressman had returned to the center in September for what Hanson described as a "follow-up evaluation to ensure he is on the path to properly manage his health." He won his bid for a tenth term in the U.S. House last week despite making no public campaign appearances and having been out of the public eye since May.
Washington (CNN) - The new Congress is still a month and a half away from being seated, but the battle for the next Congress is already heating up.
And the fight for the 2014 Senate may end up being the most compelling storyline as the dawn of the midterm campaign approaches.
Washington (CNN) - When Sen. Mark Begich looks at the next two years, he says he is not concerned about the tough votes he is bound to have to make that could have an impact on his re-election in 2014.
The moderate Democrat from Alaska even laughs a bit when he says, "Every vote we take here is tough."
(CNN) – Senator-elect Angus King, who will represent Maine as an independent in the upper chamber, said Tuesday he had yet to make a decision on whether to caucus with Republicans or Democrats, but that he would make his choice in the next two days.
Members of both parties expect King to caucus with Democrats, though he has yet to publicly declare his intentions. He did not say during his campaign which party he would choose. The Senate's other independent member, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, caucuses with Democrats.
(CNN) - When President Barack Obama holds a news conference on Wednesday, it will be the 16th solo, formal White House press conference of his presidency.
It will be his first since winning re-election and since the resignation of his CIA director over an affair - both topics likely to come up on Wednesday.
(CNN) – An appeal calling on the federal government to allow Texas to "withdraw from the United States of America" following President Barack Obama's re-election doesn't have the support of the Lone Star State's governor, his office said in a statement Tuesday.
"Gov. [Rick] Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it," his press secretary Catherine Frazier wrote in a statement. "But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government."
(CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is keeping mum about his interest in running for president in 2016, but is speaking out about the Republican Party's direction and will soon find himself with an opportunity to prove his chops as a party leader.
"I got the best job in the world and I'm going to be focused on being governor of this great state for the next three years and being chairman of RGA next year and getting a bunch of great Republican governors elected," he said in an interview with Politico published Tuesday morning.