Washington (CNN) - After spending the weekend considering replacements for retiring Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday that she will not appoint a "placeholder" senator who will hold the office until a special election is held in 2014.
"As I continue to consider the impending U.S. Senate vacancy, many have discussed the possibility of a 'placeholder' appointee who would pledge to serve for only two years and not seek election to the seat in 2014," Haley said in a statement released by her office. "While there are some good arguments in favor of that approach, I believe the better case is against it."
Washington (CNN) - These are the kind of poll numbers any politician would love to have.
According to a new Politico/George Washington University Battleground poll, 60% of registered voters have a favorable impression of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with 35% seeing her in an unfavorable light.
Washington (CNN) - It's crunch time for avoiding the fiscal cliff, with President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner and their aides holding private talks on issues that will affect every American.
Three weeks remain to cut a deal before the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts of the fiscal cliff go into effect on January 1.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Anyone hoping to see President Barack Obama launch into this year's dance fad will have to keep waiting.
When the commander-in-chief met Korean pop star PSY at Sunday's "Christmas in Washington" charity concert, the pair exchanged a handshake and a greeting – but not a boogie.
Washington (CNN) - A new national poll indicates a majority of American voters say they support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
According to the Politico/George Washington University Battleground survey released Monday, 62% of registered voters say they back an immigration reform proposal that would allow illegal or undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship over a period of several years, with 35% opposed.
(CNN) – He hasn't yet announced whether he'll make his own bid for New Jersey governor, but Newark Mayor Cory Booker claimed Monday his potential rival, Republican incumbent Chris Christie, is politically out of alignment with voters in the Garden State.
"Christie is vulnerable, as it should be, because there's a lot of issues in the state he's not falling in line with," Booker, a Democrat, said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien." "From women's issues, environmental issues, from really going in a balanced way."
(CNN) - "Saturday Night Live" parodied the relationship between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.
Washington (CNN) - Twenty-three days since they last met face-to-face and 23 days before the fiscal cliff becomes a harsh reality, the two men most pivotal to the contentious budget talks sat down Sunday.
There was no evidence of a breakthrough, though President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner at least did agree on something: what, and what not, to say.FULL STORY
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CNN: Obama, Boehner meet about fiscal cliff and agree - not to say much
Twenty-three days since they last met face-to-face and 23 days before the fiscal cliff becomes a harsh reality, the two men most pivotal to the contentious budget talks sat down Sunday. There was no evidence of a breakthrough, though President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner at least did agree on something: what, and what not, to say.
CNN: Gingrich on 2016 run: 'One never knows'
His 2012 presidential bid ended in defeat during the primaries, but that may not have been the last of candidate Newt Gingrich. Asked Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" if he would run for the White House again, the former House speaker put on an enormous Cheshire cat grin and said: "I doubt that, but one never knows."