(CNN) - Yes, Beyoncé can sing - all by herself, thank you very much.
That much she showed Thursday, when she opened her appearance before reporters in New Orleans - where she's set to headline the Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance Sunday - with a stirring, a cappella rendition of the national anthem.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic-controlled Senate passed legislation on Thursday extending the federal government's ability to borrow new money through mid-May, delaying a partisan standoff that some analysts warn could derail a fragile economic recovery.
The bill, which passed in a 64-34 vote, cleared the Republican-run House of Representatives last week. It now advances to President Obama's desk to be signed into law.FULL STORY
(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made no secret of his displeasure with the GOP primary process in 2012, which he has described as the "dumbest idea anybody ever had."
But if he sits out the 2016 White House race, it won't be because of the abrasive process, he says.
(CNN) - As if the upcoming Senate race in New Jersey couldn't get more interesting, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera said Thursday he is "truly contemplating" throwing his hat in the ring for the 2014 election.
"I mention this only briefly...fasten your seatbelt," he said on his radio program. "I am and have been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey. I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker in New Jersey."
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden is on Capitol Hill this hour to meet with Senate Democrats, and Senate aides said he was there to build support for gun legislation
The vice president was attending the Democratic Caucus meeting.
(CNN) - Glen Johnson, the political editor for the Boston Globe's website, has long covered Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts–and he'll continue to follow the veteran senator right into the State Department.
Johnson announced Thursday that he's leaving journalism to work as a senior adviser for Kerry when the senator takes on his job as U.S. Secretary of State once his resignation takes effect Friday.
Washington (CNN) - National Rifle Association President David Keene signaled Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat who has enjoyed the powerful gun lobby's support in the past, could prove pivotal in the heated debate over gun control.
Reid has found himself in a delicate position as he tries to navigate the desires of many members of his pro-gun rights Nevada constituency and the White House and members of his caucus' intensified push over gun control. As Senate majority leader, Reid has great influence to speed or slow the consideration of legislation on Capitol Hill.
Washington (CNN) – The council of economists, executives and labor leaders created to advise President Barack Obama on spurring job creation will officially cease to exist this week, the White House announced Thursday.
The Council on Jobs and Competitiveness was created in January 2011 by executive order, and its charter mandated that it would expire after two years. A White House official said Thursday that the council's charter would not be renewed.
Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain fired away at Cabinet nominee Chuck Hagel during his confirmation hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill, repeatedly interrupting his old friend and accusing him of refusing to answer direct questions.
The sharp exchange marked a years-long falling out between two long-time friends and colleagues. Thirteen years ago, McCain, then a presidential candidate, named Chuck Hagel as a man he'd like to see run the Defense Department.
(CNN) - And then there were two.
Rep. Stephen Lynch announced his bid Thursday for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, becoming the second candidate to jump into the June special election to fill the final eighteen months of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who steps down from the Senate at the end of the week to become secretary of state.