(CNN) - A second Massachusetts Republican has announced he will not seek the U.S. Senate seat vacated last week by Secretary of State John Kerry.
Richard Tisei, a former state senator and 2012 candidate for the U.S. Congress, said in a statement late Saturday that “the timing is simply not right for me.”
(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke out Saturday against potential changes which could permit, for the first time, openly gay members in the Boy Scouts of America.
The BSA is "potentially discussing" changing their longstanding national rules on the matter at an upcoming meeting, the group said last week.
(CNN) - Michael Bloomberg's effort to reduce gun violence is headed for the Super Bowl.
The New York City mayor's group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, will run a television advertisement on the station airing Sunday's football season finale in Washington, D.C.
(CNN) - Sen. John Kerry found a smooth road to confirmation as secretary of state capped by an overwhelming 94-3 vote in the Senate.
It was a road made smoother when another top prospect for the job, veteran diplomat Susan Rice, withdrew her name from consideration in mid-December amid Republicans' tough criticism of her.
(CNN) - Sen. Mike Johanns on Saturday became the second Senate Republican to say he will back former Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of defense.
In a statement from his office, Johanns said Hagel would "stand side by side with our allies, be firm with our enemies and use good judgment," as well as advocate for veterans, if confirmed.
(CNN) – Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy resigned on Saturday following a newspaper report that he used his state-issued cell phone to place thousands of late-night calls to women.
The Omaha World-Herald reported it had uncovered around 2,000 calls to four women. The calls were “long conversations held in the wee hours of the night,” according to the paper, which said it had requested records related to the calls.
(CNN) - One could say this photo shoots down any remaining skepticism.
The White House on Saturday released a photo of President Barack Obama shooting skeet last August, backing up a claim he made in a recent interview that some Republicans questioned.
(CNN) - Controversy continues to swirl around New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez - including his relationship with a generous Democratic donor whose plane he took to the Dominican Republic and who has business ties in that Caribbean nation.
Menendez first came under scrutiny shortly before Election Day last fall, when a conservative online publication cited three unidentified sources who claimed the senator had flown on private planes to the Caribbean and during the trip had sex parties with prostitutes.
(CNN) - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is staying put for now.
Villaraigosa, who some speculated would succeed Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, said late Friday he is not interested in any role on President Barack Obama's Cabinet.
(CNN) - Do you plan to watch the Superbowl with Democrats or Republicans?
A new poll found a partisan divide among fans of the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.