(CNN) – Those black rimmed glasses that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has worn since returning to work following a blood clot in her head were mandated by her doctors, according to one of her top aides.
"She'll be wearing these glasses instead of her contacts for a period of time because of lingering issues stemming from her concussion," Philippe Reines said. "With them on she sees just fine."
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Reince Priebus pledged to grow his party by making direct appeals to minority and young voters as well as dedicating campaign resources to try and win in traditional Democratic states, as members of the Republican National Committee re-elected him Friday to a second two-year term at their Winter Meeting.
"We must compete in every state and every region, building relationships with communities we haven't before," he said. "At the RNC, we are dropping red and blue analysis. We must be a party concerned about every American in every neighborhood."
Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney and his wife Ann were in Washington Friday for a "social visit," according to a former senior adviser to the 2012 GOP presidential nominee.
Romney attended a reception in his honor Friday hosted by philanthropist Catherine Reynolds and businessman Bill Marriott Jr. He also attended a roundtable followed by a lunch at a DC hotel with financial backers, former staff and other supporters.
One year ago this week, Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary, blunting Mitt Romney's momentum and challenging the Palmetto State's perfect, modern day prediction of picking the GOP nominee.
When we arrived in South Carolina for the key CNN debate, we fully expected Texas Gov. Rick Perry to take the stage. We and everyone else was wrong and it capped off an intense 24 hours of political upheaval that resulted in a narrowing of the GOP field, symbolized by the removal Perry's podium from the debate set.
We were also greeted by proud South Carolinians holding banners declaring: "We pick presidents" - a nod to their track record at anointing the chosen one.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama named one of his closest and most trusted advisers as his chief of staff Friday, the fifth man to hold the job since Obama first took office in 2009.
Denis McDonough, who served as Obama's deputy national security adviser since 2010, was announced to the post at a White House event Friday. Obama told a packed East Room that McDonough is a "great friend to me and to everyone who works here in the White House."
Washington (CNN) - President Obama's recess appointments to a federal agency– made without Senate confirmation– have been struck down by a federal appeals court as an unconstitutional use of executive power.
The three-judge panel unanimously concluded Friday three people named to the National Labor Relations Board lacked authority, because the presidential appointments were made while the Senate was technically in a "pro forma" session during the winter holiday break.
New York (CNNMoney) – House Republicans have put aside the debt ceiling as leverage in their fight for spending cuts. Now their goal is to balance the federal budget in 10 years.
Leading the charge will be Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, who is drafting the GOP's proposed 2014 budget.
Washington (CNN) - Saxby Chambliss, the Republican senator from Georgia, said Friday that the "legislative gridlock and partisan posturing" had grown so impenetrable in Washington that he would not seek re-election in 2014,
"This is about frustration, both at a lack of leadership from the White House and at the dearth of meaningful action from Congress, especially on issues that are the foundation of our nation's economic health," Chambliss wrote in a statement announcing his retirement. He pointed to partisan haggling over raising the debt ceiling in 2011, and more recently to the bickering that transpired over a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - At one point, the banging of the drums and the screeching of the horns could be heard two hotel ballrooms away. The band warming up down the hall was loud enough Thursday night that it distracted some in the audience, but not Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who, at hyperspeed, laid out his vision for the Republican Party and the nation.
"We have to stop looking backwards," Jindal said in his headlining speech at the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. "We've got to boldly show what the future can look like with the free market policies we believe in."
Washington (CNN) – Sylvia Mathews Burwell, a leading corporate philanthropist and former member of the Clinton administration, is the top pick to run the Office of Management and Budget, two Democrats said Friday.
Burwell served as the deputy director of the OMB during Clinton's presidency, and also acted as chief of staff to then-Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. Former OMB Director Jack Lew also served under Rubin. Peter Orszag, a fellow former OMB director, ran a think tank founded by Rubin.