Updated 10:50 p.m. ET on Tuesday 6/4
(CNN) – Republican state Rep. Jason Smith won a special election Tuesday in southeast Missouri, beating out Democrat Steve Hodges in a district dominated by Republicans.
(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama had a rare run-in with an audience heckler Tuesday during a fund-raising event in Washington for the Democratic National Committee.
The outburst from the crowd distracted Obama at a point in her speech when she was speaking emotionally about children and their futures, prompting her to threaten to leave if the woman wanted to keep speaking.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's nominee to become U.S. trade representative has almost half a million dollars in an investment account registered in the Cayman Islands, according to disclosure documents submitted to the Senate committee preparing to weigh his confirmation this week.
Michael Froman, currently serving as Obama's deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs, was nominated to the trade post last month.
Updated at 8:12 p.m. ET on Tuesday 6/4
(CNN) – Access to top Russian officials by U.S. lawmakers was helped along by action movie star Steven Seagal – and more specifically the actor’s martial arts skills - the leader of a congressional delegation said Tuesday.
Speaking on CNN, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said Seagal had fostered relationships with Russian leaders through his black belt skills, and arranged for American congressmen and women to meet those leaders last week.
Updated 1:11 p.m. ET Wednesday 6/5
(CNN) – The recently renewed debate over working mothers gained more traction Tuesday when a Republican governor suggested the country’s education problems were the result of both parents holding jobs.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, speaking at a Washington Post education forum, seemed to anticipate the backlash his comments may spark, but proceeded anyway after being asked why America’s schools had fallen behind compared to other countries.
(CNN) – A day ahead of the first debate between U.S. Senate candidates in Massachusetts, a new survey shows Democratic Rep. Ed Markey leading rival Gabriel Gomez by double digits.
The poll, released Tuesday by New England College, showed 52% of registered voters in the Bay State support Markey, who's serving his twentieth term in the U.S. House as the representative of Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 4, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
SPECIAL ELECTION: CHRISTIE CALLS FOR OCT. SPECIAL ELECTION… New Jersey's Republican Gov. Chris Christie has set a special election for October 16 to replace Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat who died Monday. A primary will be held on August 13. At a news conference, Christie said he will name an interim senator by next week to serve until the special election. He told reporters he did not think it was right for someone to serve on an interim basis until November 2014.
‘DEBILITATING STUPIDITY’: In an interview last hour with CNN’s Jake Tapper, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey said Christie exhibited “debilitating stupidity,” by not appointing a Republican until the next scheduled election in 2014. “Gov. Christie has just diminished his chances of being reelected as governor,” Armey said.
DEM SUPPORTS CHRISTIE DECISION: “I think that's the right thing to do,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in response to Christie’s decision. “I'm happy with what he's done.”
(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie's decision to set a special election this year to fill New Jersey's vacant Senate seat wasn't met with open arms Tuesday by a fellow Republican, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey.
Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead," Armey accused the governor of trying to curry favor with Democrats by not appointing a Republican to the seat until 2014. He'll name an interim senator by next week to serve until the special election.
Washington (CNN) - Saying "our intent is to do a better job," Gallup Editor-in-chief Frank Newport spelled out four main reasons why his organization's surveys understated President Barack Obama's support in the 2012 presidential election.
And at a news conference at Gallup's offices in the nation's capital Tuesday, Newport outlined the experiments the country's oldest and best known polling organization has already taken - and steps it will continue to take later this year - to understand why its surveys had a pro-Republican bias and how to correct the situation.
Washington (CNN) – The number two House Republican dodged questions Tuesday about whether he agreed with House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa's use of the term "paid liar" to describe White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in a CNN interview Sunday.
Asked about Issa's comments, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor instead deflected the issue back to the White House, saying "there's been an abuse of trust on the part of this administration towards the American people. We're going to remain committed to getting to the bottom of this and let the truth come out."