(CNN) - Conan O'Brien toured the White House on Friday. The comedian is the host of the 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Washington (CNN) - When Democrats unsuccessfully tried months ago to persuade Republicans to replace forced spending cuts with a mix of tax and spending cuts, they predicted the GOP would come around in the spring when the reductions kicked in and constituents started complaining about the effects – like long lines at airports and flight delays.
But now, instead of Republicans conceding, it is Democrats who are giving in to public pressure to reverse one of the most visible consequences of $85 billion in government-wide, indiscriminate spending reductions approved by Congress - cuts at the Federal Aviation Administration.
New York (CNNMoney) - Millions of travelers frustrated by airport delays may be relieved that Congress did an about-face this week, passing legislation to end the furloughs of FAA air traffic controllers.
But advocates for everyone else directly affected by the so-called sequester are miffed with the selective undoing of what were supposed to be across-the-board cuts.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 26, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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FAA FURLOUGHS TO END: The House on Friday approved a measure already passed by the Senate to end air traffic control furloughs that have caused widespread flight delays. The legislation gives the FAA flexibility to deal with budget pressures stemming from government-wide spending cuts that took effect in March. President Barack Obama will sign the legislation.
LATEST FROM BOSTON: Investigators are searching a New Bedford landfill specifically looking for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's laptop, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN’s Susan Candiotti. The landfill is near the suspected Boston Marathon bomber’s UMass-Dartmouth dorm room, where he was spotted after the April 15 attack. - Ben Brumfield and Greg Botelho
MONEY FOR BOSTON. NOT FOR TEXAS: Disaster donations: Texas lags way behind Boston… As millions of dollars flood into relief efforts for the Boston bombing victims, donations to devastated West, Texas, are lagging far behind. More than $26 million has been raised in the wake of the April 15 Boston blasts. And it appears that donations for West total is well under $1 million. – Blake Ellis
(CNN) - President Barack Obama has had to give some tough speeches in the past couple of weeks. From consoling Boston and West, Texas to scolding Congress for failing to pass gun control legislation, the president's messages have been heavy.
As he gears up to speak at the White House Correspondents' Dinner–a typically light-hearted Beltway event that brings Hollywood to Washington–will the president deliver the traditional comedic routine? Or will he play it straight, as presidents have done in the past during times of tragedy.
(CNN) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a measure aimed at ending budget-related air traffic controller furloughs that were blamed for widespread flight delays this week.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said earlier Friday that President Barack Obama would sign the bill, which the Senate passed Thursday night.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Friday chided recent state efforts to enact tougher abortion laws and became the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood when he spoke at a gala for the group.
"When you read about some of these laws, you want to check the calendar. You want to make sure you're still living in 2013," he said at the event held in Washington.
(CNN) – There are some pretty powerful elk in Montana.
Writing about his decision to retire after his term is up, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, waxed poetic in a Great Falls Tribune op-ed on the role nature played his thought process.
(CNN) – Nearly six months after losing a Senate race and becoming a political punch line, former Rep. Todd Akin weighed in again on his controversial remarks about rape and pregnancy, saying in a recent interview he has "relived" the episode "too many times."
In an interview with CNN affiliate KSDK in St. Louis, the former Missouri congressman also hit back at Karl Rove, founder of the independent group American Crossroads, for his new group designed to recruit GOP candidates that won't make the same mistake as Akin.
(CNN) – Former Gov. Mark Sanford is getting hit with another TV ad in the South Carolina special congressional election, less than two weeks before voters head to the polls.
The latest spot again goes after the Republican’s infamous secret trip in 2009. While his staff told reporters at the time he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail, it was discovered that the then-governor actually went to Argentina to see his mistress.