(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio’s awkward sip of water Tuesday may have fueled jabs from his political rivals, but even his friends saw an upside to the viral moment.
The Reclaim America PAC, which was founded by Rubio to help elect conservatives to public office, emailed supporters Wednesday offering an “official line of Marco Rubio water bottles.”
(CNN) – Two Democratic congressmen vying for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts have signed on to a pledge calling for super PACs and other third-party groups to stay out of their contest, a pledge also signed by the candidates in last year's Bay State Senate fight.
Reps. Stephen Lynch and Ed Markey endorsed the agreement and encouraged any potential Republican candidates to also sign on.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama told a group of Senate Democrats Wednesday that Congress must move forward with comprehensive immigration reform, or else he will propose his own legislation on the hot-button topic.
Obama met with Sens. Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Robert Menendez and Michael Bennet, the four Democrats in the bipartisan group of eight senators who introduced a framework for immigration reform last month. A bipartisan group of House members is also working in secret to craft immigration reform measures.
Washington (CNN) - Chuck Hagel’s bid to lead the Pentagon faces an uncertain outcome on a critical vote Friday as Democrats attempt to break a GOP filibuster of the defense secretary nominee.
Despite optimism from administration officials, who believe Hagel will get the five GOP votes he needs to end the filibuster, senior congressional sources in both parties are less positive. They told CNN they now are not sure he will get the votes.
New York (CNNMoney) – The $85 billion in spending reductions looming over the federal government will cut into the nation's homeland security department and affect how it carries out vital missions, a top Obama administration official warned Wednesday.
"Sequestration would roll back border security, increase wait times at our nation's land ports of entry and airports, affect aviation and maritime safety and security, leave critical infrastructure vulnerable to attacks, hamper disaster response time ... and significantly scale back cyber security infrastructure protections," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wrote in a letter to lawmakers.
(CNN) – When President Barack Obama visits College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center on Thursday, it will look like a normal school day: busses will be running, the cafeteria will be serving lunch, and kids will attend classes.
But what looks like business-as-usual at the Decatur, Georgia, school will be anything but – students there are actually on winter break this week. Parents were emailed on Monday offering a "one-day experience" Thursday that would mimic a school day to coincide with the president's visit.
(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday he thinks a filibuster of Chuck Hagel's nomination for secretary of defense would be appropriate.
The conservative Republican from Kentucky said in an interview to air on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" that his unanswered questions on Hagel – particularly speaking fees Hagel received since leaving the Senate – rise to the level where he might set a roadblock to the former senator's nomination.
(CNN) - CNN's John King breaks down what parts of Obama's State of the Union address could gain support from House Republicans.
Washington (CNN) - A top House Republican is planning to unveil a government funding bill that attempts to avoid a battle over a government shutdown next month.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, told reporters he planned to introduce a bill later this month that would continue funding federal agencies through September 30th. Government agencies run out of funding at the end of March, and unless Congress acts before then, many would be forced to stop operating. An array of government services and agencies could be impacted including IRS processing of tax returns and medical research.
(CNN) - She's only asked for the job 14 times.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has represented her San Francisco district in the House since 1987. She's served as speaker and is currently the top Democrat in the House. But she told CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo in an interview that she is no fan of Congress.