Washington (CNN) – A family friend says Ted Kennedy Jr., son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, is seriously considering running for senate if John Kerry vacates the seat to become the next secretary of state.
Kerry is said to be the frontrunner to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is leaving her post next year.
Friends and some Democratic Party leaders are encouraging Kennedy to run for the Massachusetts seat held by Kerry since 1985.
(CNN) - Governors around the country have called for a moment of silence Friday morning in memory of the 20 students and 7 adults killed December 14 in Newtown, Connecticut, by a gunman who also took his own life.
President Barack Obama will hold a moment of silence himself, the White House said. He traveled to the town Sunday evening and spoke at an interfaith vigil, noting the students and faculty killed "lost their lives in a school that could have been any school, in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America."
(CNN) - Jake Tapper, most recently an ABC News correspondent and author, is joining CNN as chief Washington correspondent and an anchor, the network announced Thursday.
Tapper was previously the senior White House correspondent for ABC News. ABC's White House team will pick up the network's political correspondent, Jonathan Karl.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner's proposal to avert the looming fiscal cliff's automatic tax increases has failed to get enough Republican support, throwing yet another monkey wrench into the contentious debate.
Boehner said earlier Thursday that he was confident that his so-called Plan B - which would extend tax cuts that are set to expire at year's end for most people while allowing rates to increase to 1990s levels on income over $1 million - would pass the House, and in the process put pressure on President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate. But that gambit seemed in doubt Thursday, as Republican leaders struggled to get all their members to sign on, knowing the chamber's Democrats oppose it.
Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is launching a political comeback that may begin within days.
Sanford is planning to run for the Congressional seat he held almost a decade ago, a Republican source familiar with his thinking told CNN late Thursday.
New York (CNNMoney) - Congress and the White House created the fiscal cliff. And now they've waited too long to avert it, even if they do somehow eke out a deal by Dec. 31.
Dragging out the negotiations this far has created needless uncertainty and pushed some individuals and businesses to try to protect themselves against something the government may or may not do.
Washington (CNNMoney) - When Wisconsin's Gov. Scott Walker fought off a tough recall effort earlier this year, he did so with the National Rifle Association's political backing as well as $10,000, thanks to his work expanding gun rights in the state.
The NRA, the most well-known gun rights advocate and lobbying group, is in the spotlight following last week's shootings at the elementary school in Newton, Connecticut, that killed 20 children and six adults.
(CNN) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told Congress to put their bickering on the fiscal cliff aside to handle a more pressing issue: emergency aid for the communities hit by superstorm Sandy.
"I'm counting on the fact that our congressional delegation and the leaders of Congress, while I know they are consumed with fighting and bickering with each other about the fiscal cliff and all these other things, don't forget that people are suffering," he said.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 20, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: JAKE TAPPER JOINS CNN… Accomplished Washington journalist Jake Tapper, who has served the last four years as ABC’s senior White House correspondent, joins CNN as anchor of a new weekday program and CNN’s chief Washington correspondent. “With CNN’s impeccable reporting during the elections and the exciting changes in the works for the network, this is a perfect time to join the CNN team,” said Tapper. LINK
POSTURING: MESSAGING RULES THE DAY AS FISCAL CLIFF TALKS REMAIN STUCK IN NEUTRAL… Speaker of the House John Boehner will bring his fiscal cliff “Plan B” to the House floor on Thursday evening, even though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said it won’t be taken up in the Senate and the White House has issued a veto threat.
GOP PROPOSALS: One of the proposals would amount to both a concession by Republicans and a hard-line stance against the president on taxes. It would extend tax cuts scheduled to expire at the end of the year for most people while allowing rates to increase to 1990s levels on income over $1 million. The second proposal would change the automatic spending cuts set to kick in next year under the fiscal cliff, replacing cuts to the military with reductions elsewhere. “We're going to have the votes to pass both the tax, permanent tax relief bill” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. – Deirdre Walsh, Dana Bash and Tom Cohen
VETO THREAT: PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY AT THURSDAY’S WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING… “The speaker and his lieutenants have spent days trying to twist arms and wrangle votes for, within their own conference. It's an exercise in Republican vote counting that will not result in anything for the American people. It can not pass the Senate. The president would veto it if it got to his desk.”
‘NOTHING’: SPEAKER BOEHNER AT HIS WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE ON CAPITOL HILL… “For weeks the White House said that if I moved on rates that they would make substantial concessions on spending cuts and entitlement reforms. I did my part. They’ve done nothing. The president’s last offer of $1.3 trillion in new revenues with only $850 billion worth of spending reductions fails to meet the test of balance that he continues to call for. And frankly, I am convinced the president is unwilling to stand up to his own party on the big issues that face our country.”
BREAKING: JAKE TAPPER JOINS CNN… Accomplished Washington journalist Jake Tapper, who has served the last four years as ABC’s senior White House correspondent, joins CNN as anchor of a new weekday program and CNN’s chief Washington correspondent. “With CNN’s impeccable reporting during the elections and the exciting changes in the works for the network, this is a perfect time to join the CNN team,” said Tapper.