(CNN) - A spirited Sen. Frank Lautenberg formally announced Friday he would not seek re-election in 2014, a decision his office made public the day prior.
As he stepped into the event in his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey, the longtime senator was greeted by thunderous applause from supporters, campaign staff and friends.
"Is it too late to change my mind?" Lautenberg joked as he approached the podium to speak.
(CNN) - Will a new poll throw any cold water on Geraldo Rivera's thoughts of running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey next year?
The Fox News Channel host generated headlines at the end of last month when he announced that he was "truly contemplating" throwing his hat in the ring for the 2014 election, adding that "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) - First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters are headed out West this weekend for their annual ski trip with family friends, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday.
The White House wasn't specific on their skiing destination. Last year, they went to Aspen, Colorado. In 2011 and 2010, the first lady and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, stayed in Vail.
Washington (CNN) - MoveOn.org is moving into the TV fight over curbing gun violence.
The progressive group will announce Friday that it's going up with a television commercial that goes after members of Congress who accept donations from the National Rifle Association.
(CNN) – A congressional Democrat said the decision this week to publicly acknowledge that he had a daughter, a woman he didn’t know about until three years ago, was difficult for both of them.
In an interview with CNN’s “The Situation Room” on Friday Rep. Steve Cohen described how an Internet search for a former romantic interest led him to discover the woman has a daughter, who bears a striking resemblance to him.
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CNN: Republicans stall Hagel nomination
The Senate failed to garner enough votes Thursday to stop a filibuster against Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel. Fifty-eight voted to move forward with the nomination, while 40 voted to hold it up. One senator, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, announced present, and Republican Sen. David Vitter missed the vote.
CNN: NRA: Obama's State of the Union shows true colors on gun violence
Continuing his charge against the Obama administration on gun control proposals, Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association charged Thursday that President Barack Obama's proposals in the State of the Union address were "not about keeping kids safe at school" but rather part of a broad campaign to "dismantle the Second Amendment."