Updated 5:14 p.m. ET on 7/24
(CNN) – Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy and a prominent Democratic backer, was nominated by President Barack Obama Wednesday to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan.
She would become the first woman to hold the post if she's confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A top supporter of Obama's, she served as the co-chair of his vice presidential search committee in 2008.
Galesburg, Illinois (CNN) - President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to focus his energy for the rest of his presidency on the core tenet of his election victories - equal opportunity for all Americans - starting with a campaign-style speech on the economy that also appeared to launch this year's budget battle with Republicans.
Confronting deep partisan divide over federal spending, tax reform and raising the debt ceiling later this year, Obama told a raucous crowd of hundreds at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, that reversing a growing inequality between haves and have-nots should be the top priority of Congress.
Washington (CNN) - A new national poll adds more evidence, if it were needed, that Hillary Clinton would start out as the overwhelming frontrunner in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, if the former secretary of state makes a second run for the White House.
And the McClatchy-Marist survey, released Wednesday, is also in line with other polls in suggesting the race for the Republican nomination, at least in this early pre-season, is a wide open contest, with no obvious frontrunner among the possible contenders.
(CNN) – A coalition of progressive groups claiming to represent millions of Americans is planning a multi-state effort urging the expansion of Social Security benefits.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and Democracy For America (DFA say they will be joined by several other groups including MoveOn.org in putting out a series of TV and online ads planned for the near future.
(CNN) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said he hasn't given any thought to resigning as he faces heat for gifts and loans he's received from a political donor in recent years.
"I'm not going anywhere. I love this job," the Republican said Wednesday, saying there had been some "very bad rumors" about his possible resignation. "There has been no consideration of that."
(CNN) - The great budget battle of 2013 begins in earnest Wednesday with speeches by President Barack Obama that will emphasize his economic fairness message in the face of Republican demands for more sharp spending cuts.
Confronting deep partisan divide over the 2014 federal budget, tax reform and raising the debt ceiling later this year, Obama's remarks in Illinois and Missouri will seek to frame the budget debate by focusing on the nation's recovery from recession during his presidency and his call for equal opportunity that helped win two elections.
(CNN) - Let me just start by saying this: Redemption, political or otherwise, is a good thing. And by and large, voters are amenable to proffering forgiveness - especially when they believe the candidate is making a good-faith effort to reform, atone and emerge as a chastened and wiser person.
And so it was with Anthony Weiner, the erstwhile sexter who left Congress in disgrace two years ago to work on his problem, his life and his marriage.
Updated 4:09 p.m. ET, 7/23
(CNN) – As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell fends off attacks from the left in his 2014 Senate campaign, the Kentucky senator will now have to beat back an opponent from the right. But McConnell wasted no time in pushing back against his new primary challenger
Louisville businessman Matt Bevin announced Wednesday he'll take on McConnell in a Republican primary, saying the five-term incumbent has been in office long enough.
Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama kicks off a series of speeches hoping to shift the spotlight back to the economy, two new polls indicate that 45% of Americans approve of the job the president's doing handling the economy.
And according to an average of the latest surveys, Americans are divided on the overall job Obama's doing in the White House.
Updated 5:09 p.m. ET, 7/24
(CNN) – It didn't take long for the calls to come in for Anthony Weiner to withdraw from the New York City mayoral contest following his shocking admission Tuesday that he sent lusty messages more than a year after resigning from Congress for the same dubious habits.
But Weiner said Wednesday that his fate will ultimately be up to the voters.
"That's for the citizens to decide," he told reporters outside of his apartment.