Washington (CNN) - Immigration reform entered an uncertain new phase on Wednesday as House Republicans signaled some willingness to compromise with President Barack Obama and Democrats but rejected a Senate-passed bill and insisted they would take their time drafting their own version.
Following more than two hours of talks on how to proceed, GOP legislators said the biggest question was whether to give the 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States a path to eventual citizenship, as provided by the Senate measure.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Before he’s even officially on the ballot, a snap poll shows shamed ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer is already edging out his potential Democratic rival in a primary contest for New York City comptroller.
(CNN) - Sarah Palin is stirring the pot again, suggesting she might seek office again.
"I've considered it because people have requested me to consider it. But, I'm still waiting to see what the lineup will be and hoping that - there again, there will be some new blood, new energy," she told radio host Sean Hannity on Monday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A Democratic measure to temporarily reverse the doubling of interest rates on millions of government-backed student loans fell short in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, but there was hope a bipartisan deal would be struck soon to remedy the situation.
"We're trying to find some common ground," said Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democratic leader who spearheaded fresh talks on the dispute. "We don't have an agreement and I can't say when or if we'll come together."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Mark Begich, the Alaska Democrat who holds the seat Sarah Palin is considering seeking, argued Wednesday the high-profile Republican has lost touch with the values of her state.
Speaking to CNN the day after Palin said she had contemplated a run for Senate, Begich questioned whether the former governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee still has enough of a connection to Alaska and its residents.
Washington (CNN) - What does President Barack Obama think George Lucas, Marilynne Robinson and Joan Didion all have in common?
Aside from the fact they’re among this year's recipients of the National Medal of Arts and Humanities, the president proclaimed Wednesday, “They are all teachers.”
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 10, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
“IT’S NUTS”: The Cook Political Report’s Jennifer Duffy, speaking to Gut Check about Sarah Palin considering a run for Alaska Senate.
GEORGE W. BUSH IS BACK: “THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN”… Former President George W. Bush at a naturalization ceremony in Dallas: “The laws governing the immigration system aren't working. The system is broken. I don't intend to get involved in the politics or the specifics of policy, but I do hope there is a positive resolution to the debate.”
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end mixed as Fed minutes show ongoing uncertainty over stimulus. Dow dips 9 points. NASDAQ adds 0.5%.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney's back.
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee will headline a New Hampshire Republican Party dinner and fundraiser next month. The event will take place on Tuesday August 6, in the Granite State's lakes region, near Romney's vacation home in Wolfeboro, along Lake Winnipesaukee.
(CNN) – An exasperated Illinois governor Wednesday suspended pay for state legislators until they pass employee pension reform for state workers.
Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, issued a line item veto to a budget bill, House Bill 214, suspending the pay of all members of the state legislature. The veto came after the general assembly again failed to pass pension reform.
(CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush will be back at the White House next week celebrating a milestone for a service initiative started in his administration.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the event to celebrate the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award, according to a White House official.