(CNN) - A new poll shows the former GOP standard bearer Mitt Romney and the Republican Party's image took a hit after the election.
An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll conducted one month after Election Day and released Wednesday indicates the GOP's favorable rating slipping with 30% percent of respondents viewing the party favorably, down from 36% before the election. Forty-five percent now view the party unfavorably, up from 43% before the election. Before the election, Romney's favorable rating was at 43%. The number has since dropped to 35%. His unfavorable rating has remained at 44% from before November 6.
(CNN) – Sen. Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama who serves on the Senate Budget Committee, said Congress has been left in the dark on the process of on-going budget negotiations.
Sessions told CNN's Ashleigh Banfield appearing on "OutFront" he knows "almost nothing" about the negotiations between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner to find common ground to avoid the looming fiscal crisis.
(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya before the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on December 20, the committee announced Wednesday.
The September 11, 2012 attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens and called into question the security of U.S. diplomatic personnel abroad.
Washington (CNN) - For the tea party movement, change is brewing on Capitol Hill.
Florida Republican Rep. Allen West, who rode the conservative wave into the House of Representatives two years ago only to be swept away in November, has already moved out of his office.
Washington (CNN) - Former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel has met with both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, as the president considers tapping him to replace Leon Panetta as defense secretary, according to several knowledgeable sources.
Several sources familiar with the process say Hagel appears to have the inside track for the job. CNN has previously reported Hagel is on the short list of potential nominees. One Democratic source familiar with the process simply dubs Hagel "the frontrunner." Another Democrat with knowledge of the process calls Hagel’s nomination "almost a done deal." But according to an administration official, no decisions have been made.
(CNN) - Doctors said Wednesday the prognosis is excellent for California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is undergoing treatment for localized prostate cancer.
"Fortunately, this is early-stage localized prostate cancer, which is being treated with a short course of conventional radiotherapy," said oncologist Dr. Eric Small of the University of California, San Francisco, according to a statement from Brown's office.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Time is running out for congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama to strike a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. If the two parties can't come to an agreement before the end of the year, a combination of broad tax hikes and deep government spending cuts take effect . Experts warn of a new recession if Washington goes over the fiscal cliff.
Here's a by-the-numbers look at the fiscal cliff and its impact:FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - One of the toughest critics of Wall Street will soon be policing it.
Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren has been tapped to take a seat on the Senate Banking Committee, the Senate Democrats' steering committee announced Wednesday.FULL STORY
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pushed back at critics doubting his ability to lead because of his weight, calling it "ridiculous" to say he couldn't be president because of his size.
Though Christie admitted to ABC's Barbara Walters he's "more than a little" overweight in an interview released in part Wednesday, when asked if his size could hinder his ability to run for the White House he said "I don't know what the basis for that is."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 12, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
DEVELOPING: CENSUS BUREAU PROJECTS AN OLDER COUNTRY WITHOUT RACIAL MAJORITY IN THE NEXT 50 YEARS… “The U.S. will become a plurality nation, where the non-Hispanic white population remains the largest single group, but no group is in the majority,’ said Acting Director Thomas L. Mesenbourg. … According to the projections, the population age 65 and older is expected to more than double between 2012 and 2060, from 43.1 million to 92.0 million. The older population would represent just over one in five U.S. residents by the end of the period, up from one in seven today. The increase in the number of the ‘oldest old’ would be even more dramatic — those 85 and older are projected to more than triple from 5.9 million to 18.2 million, reaching 4.3 percent of the total population.”