(CNN) – Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren of California will lose his battle for re-election against Ami Bera, CNN projected Thursday, meaning Democrats will pick up another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Vote tallies from the Sacramento County elections office show Bera leads Lungren 51.1% to 48.9%, with a raw vote margin of 5,696.
(CNN) – Gov. Bobby Jindal – the newly elected chair of the Republican Governors Association and a frequent subject of 2016 presidential speculation – reiterated Thursday his irritation at Mitt Romney's comments explaining his defeat in the presidential election.
Romney was recorded telling donors on a conference call that President Barack Obama won votes by offering "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – States would see massive cuts in federal spending should the nation fall over the fiscal cliff, according to a new report. But they could also see their tax revenue jump as federal tax rates rise.
The fiscal cliff is a combination of expiring tax policies and federal spending cuts that are set to take effect in January. President Obama and lawmakers are now scurrying to come up with a plan to avoid this scenario, which the Congressional Budget Office projects would push unemployment above 9% by the end of 2013 and shave 0.5% off the nation's economy.
NEW YORK (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Thursday designated Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan the federal point person to lead New York's storm recovery effort, just more than two weeks after a rare mix of converging weather slammed into the Northeast.
"We thought it'd be good to have a New Yorker," Obama said Thursday, referencing Donovan's previous stint atop the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The agency is thought to be among the nation's largest municipal developers of low- to mid-income housing.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 15, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: HOLDER: No national security threat in Petraeus investigation: In his first comments on the investigation, Attorney General Eric Holder says because it was determined there was no threat to national security, he didn’t tell the White House. Holder said that if there had been a threat, he would have advised President Barack Obama immediately.
Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking to reporters in New Orleans: “We follow the facts. We do not share outside the Justice Department, outside the FBI, the facts and ongoing investigations. We made the determination as we were going through that there was not a threat to national security. Had we made a determination that a threat to national security existed, we would, of course, had made that known to the president and to the appropriate members on the Hill.”
DEVELOPING: CNN confirms that the CIA inspector general is opening an exploratory investigation on the “general conduct” of former CIA Director David Petraeus. – CNN’s Carol Cratty
(CNN) – The key committee dedicated to electing Democrats to the U.S. House announced on Thursday several promotions as it builds a team for the 2014 congressional elections.
The group's political director, Kelly Ward, will take Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's top staff spot as Executive Director. The current communications director, Jesse Ferguson, and finance director, Missy Kurek, will become deputy executive directors.
Washington (CNN) - Lawmakers on congressional intelligence committees got a detailed account Thursday of what happened during an attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya that left four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, dead.
In closed-door sessions, lawmakers saw video recovered from the compound as part of their most comprehensive account, to date, of what happened on the ground in Benghazi on September 11, a senior intelligence official told CNN. They also heard an explanation as to what U.S. officials were doing behind the scenes to respond, the official said, adding that the presentation would clarify some mischaracterizations about the nature of the attack.
(CNN) - Most of the Republican members of a Senate committee investigating the terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, skipped a classified briefing by administration officials on the incident Wednesday, CNN has learned.
The missing lawmakers included Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who at the time of the top-secret briefing held a press conference in the Capitol to call for the creation of a Watergate-type special Congressional committee to investigate how and why the attack took place.
New York (CNNMoney) - States have until Friday to decide whether they will set up health insurance exchanges, a key provision of President Obama's controversial health reform law.
The health exchanges, which are scheduled to open their doors in 2014, will create online marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can find more affordable insurance plans. Uninsured Americans whose incomes range from 100% to 400% of the federal poverty level will be eligible for federal subsidies.