(CNN) - Republicans opposed to Jack Lew's nomination to be treasury secretary may have a new line of criticism against him.
It's one which has been public for several years, but until recently received little scrutiny.
(CNN) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta isn't known for his stand up comedy.
But he clearly loves his dog.
Washington (CNNMoney) - President Obama plans to propose a 1% pay hike for civilian federal workers in his budget proposal for 2014.
The White House's Office of Management and Budget officials briefed federal labor leaders late Friday on the proposed pay hike.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama will honor the six teachers and staff killed in the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre last December with the second highest civilian honor, the Citizens Medal in a ceremony next Friday at the White House.
In announcing the honor, the White House said, "the names of six courageous women were forever etched into the heart of our Nation as unthinkable tragedy swept through Newtown, Connecticut."
CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for February 8, 2013 | 5 p.m.
— n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
MAKE WAY FOR RAND PAUL ... THE TEA PARTY SAVIOR?... Tea party leaders are turning to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, to deliver their message following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, a speech that will compete with the official Republican response. Paul will make his remarks soon after Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, wraps up the GOP response Tuesday night, a Paul spokeswoman confirms to CNN. "We are giving a voice to the tea party movement when the mainstream media and the Republican establishment wants to write us off as dead," said Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express. This is the third year in a row that Kremer's organization has sponsored the tea party response. The back-to-back addresses Tuesday night also features two young stars in the GOP, each of whom are expected to seriously consider running for the White House in 2016. – Mark Preston
Gut Check DVR: Sunday at 9 a.m. & Noon ET Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, will be an exclusive guest Sunday on State of the Union with Candy Crowley
DEVELOPING … CLINTON OFFERS DEMOCRATS “MARRIAGE” ADVICE: FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON AT THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RETREAT: “One of the things that really disturbed me when I was here serving that I saw carried forward and really manifested in 2010 in some of the elections is we have had too many people who consult with us and tell us how to do things, do polls and say well here are these five things you did and four of them are really popular and this one thing is really, it’s a hot issue, so talk about one through four. And now just think about that. Would there be a successful marriage that took that position? Would there be a successful business enterprise or a sports team or any other kind of relationship that depends upon trust if you took that position? In my native state of Arkansas we call that walking into somebody’s living room and seeing a huge pink elephant. If you do that, you don’t get very far telling them how the sofa is. You cannot – that is wrong. If you’re going to stir up a storm over health care, over immigration, over what I hope you will take up, making easier access to the polls a national priority, if you’re going to do these things, you have to turn into them not away from them. You cannot assume that people – you look at (them) and say, oh, that’s not my demographic, we have nothing to say to them, they have nothing to say to us.”
CLINTON ALSO WARNS HOUSE ABOUT NEW GOP ... "We should assume going forward that the people who disagree with us honestly in our approach will not make it quite as easy to draw the contrasts by the things they do and say as they did the last time. Matter of fact, that's kind of the message I got out of the House Republican meeting, you know. It's like, ‘We're gonna put on a happy face and be for immigration reform.’ … This strategy of theirs is not necessarily guaranteed to fail."
Washington (CNN) – Tea party leaders are turning to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, to deliver their message following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, a speech that will compete with the official Republican response.
Paul will make his remarks soon after Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, wraps up the GOP response Tuesday night, a Paul spokeswoman confirms to CNN.
(CNN) – Former U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has signed a plea deal with prosecutors who were investigating potential financial improprieties, according to a source close to Jackson's family.
Lawyers representing Jackson did not return CNN phone calls Friday, and the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington had no comment when asked about the Jackson case.
Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama gets ready to give the first State of the Union address of his second term, it appears his poll numbers are a bit lower than they were just last month.
According to a CNN Poll of Polls, which averages the latest surveys, 49% of Americans say they approve of the job the president's doing in office, with 44% saying they disapprove of his performance in the White House.
Washington (CNNMoney) - Some 600,000 poor women and children will no longer get free milk and cheese, and some 2,100 fewer food inspections will take place if federal budget cuts expected to kick in March 1 actually take place.
The White House warned Friday that some $85 billion in budget cuts coming as a part of the "sequester" will end up carving some 9% from non-defense programs and 13% from defense programs, because the cuts take place over 7 months instead of 12.
(CNN) - Assault weapons and massive deficits - those are the current battles on Capitol Hill, but they were also a few of the fights former President Bill Clinton faced during his first term in office.
Congressional elections in the middle of that first term didn't go well for Clinton's party. Democrats lost control of the House in 1994 for the first time in half a century. On Friday, Clinton told current House Democrats that those losses haunted him for months, but that he still remembered why some members of his party were successful and many more were not.