(CNN) – Penny Pritzker, the billionaire Chicago businesswoman, was approved by the U.S. Senate Tuesday to become the next Commerce secretary.
The overwhelming 97-1 vote came a little less than two months after President Barack Obama nominated the Hyatt hotel heiress to the role.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio, the most prominent Republican working towards immigration reform, continued to argue Tuesday he's not pursuing the issue for his own political agenda and weighed in on his thoughts about 2016.
Applauding the Senate's decision to move forward with a border security amendment Monday night, the first-term senator also acknowledged the difficult position he's been in as he faces criticism from his own party.
Washington (CNN) - A second term president, battling back against a number of controversies, and facing opposition in Congress to his proposals.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to make clear in an upcoming speech that the State Department should approve the controversial Keystone pipeline project "only if it will not lead to a net increase in overall greenhouse gas emissions," a senior administration official said Tuesday.
(CNN) – In asking Congress to redraw the map of places where the right to vote may be at risk, the Supreme Court tossed the ball to an institution suffering record-low approval ratings whose ability to pass any meaningful legislation remains in doubt.
On Tuesday, the high court effectively invalidated a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that gives the federal government oversight of states and localities with a history of voter discrimination. The ruling justices said Congress must re-determine how places are put on the list using updated data – a tough proposition for a body already mired in partisan gridlock over budgets and immigration.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan Tuesday joined the growing chorus of figures criticizing the Obama administration's handling of the NSA leaks and its so-far unsuccessful efforts to extradite data leaker Edward Snowden.
Both Snowden's ability to obtain and leak the classified information on massive NSA surveillance programs and the U.S.'s inability to take him into custody "just reveals an administration that seems more and more incompetent by the day," Ryan said on CBS's "This Morning."
Washington (CNN) - A deeply divided Supreme Court has limited use of a key provision in the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, in effect invalidating the key enforcement provision that applies to all or parts of 15 states with past history of voter discrimination.
The case involved Section 5, which gives federal authorities open-ended oversight of states and localities with a history of voter discrimination. Any changes in voting laws and procedures in the covered areas - which include all or parts of 15 states - must be "pre-cleared" with Washington.
(CNN) – Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly are hitting the road to try bolstering support for extending background checks on gun sales, a prospect that failed earlier this year but that gun control supporters have vowed to continue pursuing.
The week-long "Rights and Responsibilities Tour," which begins July 1, will "rally supporters and remind elected officials that our cherished Second Amendment rights demand great responsibility," according to a press release from Kelly and Giffords' gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions.
(CNN) – Despite signs from House Republicans they'll oppose any immigration measure that includes a pathway to citizenship, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi remained optimistic Tuesday that a bill overhauling the nation's immigration laws could pass the lower chamber.
Speaking on CNN's "New Day," the California Democrat said Republicans looking to improve their electoral outlook among Latino voters will ultimately line up behind a bill that creates a fairer system for people who want to come to the United States.
(CNN) – The time for gentle diplomacy with Russia's President Vladimir Putin has passed, Sen. John McCain asserted in an interview Tuesday.
Calling the Russian leader an "old KGB colonel apparatchik that dreams of the days of the Russian empire," McCain said on CNN's "New Day" the U.S. should take a tougher position with Putin, who has also opposed western plans to arm rebels battling Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.