(CNN) - It would have been one of the most interesting races of the 2014 midterm cycle: Actress Ashley Judd challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky for the seat he has held for nearly three decades.
But Judd decided not to launch a campaign for the Democratic nomination, and her top adviser explained why on Monday: sabotage.
(CNN) - After sitting out of the spotlight leaving public office, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to attend several events which will put her alongside presidents, possible White House contenders and other major political players.
Her first major public event since stepping down comes Tuesday, when Clinton attends a Washington awards ceremony that will also be attended by Vice President Joe Biden.
(CNN) - On his way out of the U.S. House, Rep. Todd Akin dramatically upped staff compensation.
In the final three months of last year, Akin's small congressional staff got more than twice what it had received in any of the previous quarters in 2012, according to records posted by legislative salary tracker Legistorm.
CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for April 1, 2013 | 5 p.m.
— n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: The U.S. Navy is moving a sea-based radar platform closer to the North Korean coast in order to monitor that country's military moves, including possible new missile launches, a Defense Department official said Monday. – Barbara Starr
DEVELOPING: Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, is the latest lawmaker to voice support for same sex marriage.
NRA ‘SAFETY SHIELD’ PLAN COMING: The nation's largest pro-gun lobby is set to prominently return to the debate over gun rights and restrictions this week when it unveils the conclusions of its school safety initiative in Washington on Tuesday. The National Rifle Association first announced the National School Shield Program in December as its response to the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting a week earlier. It posted a bare-bones website and pledged to report back with a set of school safety proposals.
(CNN) - Sen. Bob Casey, a socially conservative Democrat and Pennsylvania's senior senator, announced his support for same-sex marriage Monday saying he had been influenced in part by "letters written to me by LGBT Pennsylvanians and their families."
"After much deliberation and after reviewing the legal, public policy, and civil rights questions presented, I support marriage equality for same-sex couples and believe that DOMA should be repealed," he said in a statement.
(CNN) - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced Monday that nearly 500 furlough notices have gone out to administration employees in reaction to the forced government spending cuts known as sequestration.
"The White House is one of eleven components of the Executive Office of the President which is indeed, as we have said, subject to the sequester," Carney said. "Within the Executive Office of the President, several offices have sent furlough notices to their staff, including to 480 employees of the Office of Management and Budget."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama does not appear to be discouraged by Sen. Marco Rubio's Sunday morning statement that it is "premature" to consider a deal on immigration at hand.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney brushed aside questions on Monday about "the comments that individual senators make about possible concerns they have - I would direct you to their offices."
Washington (CNN) - Forced government spending cuts, known in Washington jargon as sequestration, took effect a month ago amid doomsday predictions of freed criminals, weakened borders and a crippled military.
President Barack Obama and other federal officials warned that the harshest impacts would hit in April, with worker furloughs and program cuts rippling through the economy to stunt growth during a sluggish recovery.
Washington (CNN) - As the GOP undergoes internal reviews of what went wrong in last year's election and how to improve and expand their party, a new poll suggests a quarter of Republicans think their party is inflexible and unwilling to compromise.
The Gallup poll released Monday also indicates that one in ten Democrats think their party spends too much and increases the deficit.
(CNN) - With viral-video star "Kid President," American Idol's Jessica Sanchez, and the Easter Bunny at their side, the first family kicked off the 135th Easter Egg Roll at the White House Monday.
"It's great to have everyone here this morning. We are so excited," first lady Michelle Obama said from the White House balcony. "The Easter Egg Roll is the biggest event that we have here on the South Lawn of the White House each year."