Washington (CNN) – The potential nomination of Janet Yellen to serve as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve is gaining traction on Capitol Hill.
Three Democratic senators signed a letter encouraging President Barack Obama to nominate the current vice chair of the Fed and former chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers to the post, according to Senate aides.
(CNN) - North Carolina's Senate passed a restrictive abortion bill Thursday. The bill now heads to Gov. Pat McCrory.
The bill was passed by North Carolina's House of Representatives this month.
(CNN) - After a judge denied Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro’s request to see the 6-year-old daughter authorities say he fathered with one of his victims, a bill introduced on Capitol Hill earlier this week would strip convicted rapists of their parental privileges and custody nationwide.
Called the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act, the bill would incentivize legal initiatives on the state level to help women secure full custody of children conceived through rape.
Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) - For the third time in two days, President Obama left Washington on Thursday to deliver the message that it's time for politicians to refocus on economic policies that help the middle class.
Promising to deliver more speeches throughout the fall on issues like home ownership and education, the president criticized his opponents in congress for trying to defund his domestic priorities.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 25, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
HOW MANY? NOT SURE: WEINER ESTIMATES HE SEXTED THREE WOMEN AFTER RESIGNING… But speaking at a news conference, the Democrat said he couldn't say for sure how many more women might come forward. “There are a few. I don't have a specific number for you,” Weiner said. – Kevin Liptak
WEINER’S POLL NUMBERS TUMBLE: According to an NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey released Thursday, 16% of registered Democrats now say they'd vote for embattled Anthony Weiner for mayor in September's Democratic primary. That's down 9 percentage points from the last Marist survey, conducted in late June. In that poll, Weiner stood at 25%, with New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 20%. Now Quinn leads Weiner 25%-16%. – Paul Steinhauser
MARKET WATCH: Facebook soars 30% on strong earnings, lifting NASDAQ 0.7% higher. S&P adds 0.3%, Dow ends flat.
Washington (CNN) - At a hearing on Thursday that Republicans didn't attend, the nominee for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security strongly denied reported allegations he helped obtain a special visa for an international investor.
Alejandro Mayorkas told Democrats on a Senate panel considering his nomination by President Barack Obama that he was unaware of being under investigation by a government inspector general until media reports emerged this week.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday rebuked Iowa GOP colleague Rep Steve King for controversial comments on undocumented immigrants, calling the remarks "deeply offensive and wrong," and acknowledged the fallout makes it harder to reach a deal on immigration reform.
King, when discussing a proposal to give citizenship to the children of undocumented workers in an interview last week with Newsmax, suggested many of them were drug smugglers.
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(CNN) – The woman who exchanged the sexually explicit messages that have thrown Anthony Weiner's New York City mayoral campaign into damage control mode said Thursday the former congressman deceived her when he contacted her online.
"I felt manipulated," Sydney Leathers told the television program "Inside Edition." "Obviously I felt like he's saying one thing to me, another thing to his wife, saying another thing on the campaign trail. I don't know who the real Anthony Weiner is I guess."
(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had no advance knowledge that her longtime friend and adviser, Huma Abedin, would speak out on behalf of her husband, Anthony Weiner, according to two sources with knowledge.
"She didn't know before she saw it on TV," one source said. Said another, "Hillary Clinton was not involved."
(CNN) – Campaign donations from married same-sex couples will fall under the same rules as those from heterosexual pairs, the federal board that regulates elections ruled Thursday.
The 5-0 Federal Election Commission decision came after last month's Supreme Court ruling that struck down key portions of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Before it was deemed unconstitutional, the measure prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.