(CNN) - The temporary head of the IRS has quickly filled a senior post to help restore “the integrity” of tax agency operations, which have been buffeted by revelations it targeted conservative political groups for scrutiny.
Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel has appointed David Fisher, a former senior official with the Government Accountability Office, as chief risk officer and senior adviser.
(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won a prize for President Barack Obama Tuesday during a game on the boardwalk: a teddy bear.
The sweet gesture was another sign of the Republican governor’s dismissive attitude toward critics on the right who say he's too close with the president.
(CNN) - Just last month, President Barack Obama said he wanted options in war-torn Syria.
"As early as last year, I asked the Pentagon, our military, our intelligence officials to prepare for me what options might be available. And I won't go into the details of what those options might be," said Obama.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Top White House economic adviser Alan Krueger is leaving the Obama administration and returning to Princeton.
"I am deeply grateful to President Obama for the opportunity to serve twice in this administration,” Krueger, the chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, said in a statement on Tuesday. "It has been one of the highest privileges of my life to serve the American people."
(CNN) - Don't get any ideas about the lipstick on his collar, President Barack Obama jokingly warned Tuesday night.
Speaking at a White House reception for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the East Room, the president explained why he had a red mark on his white shirt.
New York (CNN) - Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned in disgrace after sending lewd photos via Twitter, got some good news Tuesday with a new poll indicating he's gaining ground in the New York City mayoral race.
Asked by CNN if he's getting a second chance, Weiner argued voters aren't focused on his scandal.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 28, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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BACK AT THE SHORE: Obama, Christie tour of Jersey shore… "Down the shore, everything's all right," President Barack Obama declared Tuesday on his return to New Jersey's devastated coast seven months after Superstorm Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage there. – Tom Cohen
PUTTING POLITICS ASIDE: “This has been a community effort, everybody working together. From the minute the storm hit, we were working with the local mayors all up and down the Jersey shore and in Bergen County, everybody came together,” Christie said at the event. “Republicans, Democrats, Independents, we all came together because New Jersey is more important and our citizens' lives are more important than any kind of politics at all.”
Washington (CNN) - Planned Parenthood can continue to receive Medicaid funding in Indiana, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by the state on Tuesday.
The justices let stand a lower court decision that had blocked patient reimbursement through Medicaid for health providers that perform abortions as part of overall medical care.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – President Obama heads to his hometown of Chicago Wednesday to help raise money for congressional Democrats.
The president will headline a reception and dinner for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House Democrats' political arm. According to an invitation obtained by CNN, ticket prices range from $1,000 per person to attend the reception to $50,000 for a table, preferred seating, and a photo opportunity at the following dinner.
Updated Wednesday 5/29 at 9:05 a.m. ET
(CNN) - The Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee is looking into whether Attorney General Eric Holder lied under oath earlier this month when he said he wasn't involved in the "potential prosecution of the press," two Republican committee sources confirmed Tuesday.
Though he testified in a May 15 Congressional hearing that he's "never heard of" the press being potentially charged for obtaining leaked material, it has since been reported that he signed off on the Justice Department's decision to seek a search warrant in 2010 for Fox News reporter James Rosen's private e-mails as part of a leak probe.