(CNN) - There is a power struggle going on about the direction of the Republican party, over everything from foreign policy, to the role of national security, to defunding Obamacare – and Texas freshman Sen. Ted Cruz is right in the thick of it.
Asked about the influence of libertarian-minded leaders in the GOP, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at a Republican governors forum Thursday that when it comes to national security, those who oppose National Security Agency programs that monitor Americans' electronic activity were just wrong.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Huma Abedin was spotted having dinner Monday night with Hillary Clinton's spokesman, Philippe Reines, in Washington.
The two were seen sitting outside at Meiwah Restaurant, a bustling area located between the neighborhoods known as Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom.
(CNN) - As was expected, Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law Monday a controversial, restrictive abortion bill.
The state's Senate and House of Representatives, both controlled by the Republican Party, passed the legislation earlier this month.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer confirmed Monday that he will not be voting for Anthony Weiner in the New York mayoral race.
Spitzer, a fellow former disgraced politician who also is attempting to make a political comeback, was short with his answers Monday in a television interview, but revealed that Weiner will not be getting his support in the upcoming Democratic primary.
Washington (CNN) – The turmoil in Egypt is poised to land on the U.S. Senate floor this week. Sources in both parties confirm to CNN that Democratic leaders have tentatively green-lighted a vote on whether to cut off $1.5 billion in aid to Cairo.
The proposal from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is not new. A similar measure of his received just 10 votes last fall. This week's version is not expected to pass either, but a Democratic senate leadership aide said Monday they expect it to get more support than last time, following the military takeover in Egypt.
(CNN) – Nearly 40 days after President Barack Obama nominated James Comey as FBI director, the Senate on Monday approved the appointment of the former deputy attorney general who worked in the George W. Bush administration.
The vote came after Sen. Rand Paul dropped his opposition to a confirmation vote on Comey, clearing the path for the Senate to vote on the president’s nominee.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 29, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
WEINER DROPS TO FOURTH: According to the new poll, Weiner has dropped from first to fourth place in the race for the Democratic nomination. Weiner now has the support of 16% of likely Democratic primary voters, down 10 points from a Quinnipiac poll conducted almost entirely before last Tuesday's news. In that survey Weiner was at 26%, on top of the field of candidates. – Paul Steinhauser
PAUL VS. CHRISTIE HEATS UP: Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky responded to recent criticism of his stance on national security issues on Sunday by calling out New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and GOP Rep. Peter King of New York for asking for federal aid following Superstorm Sandy. “The people who want to criticize me and call me names, they are precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending,” Paul said after a fundraiser. “They are 'Gimme, gimme, gimme all my Sandy money now.' Those are the people who are bankrupting the government and not allowing enough money be left over for national defense.”
Washington (CNN) – Police in the nation's capital arrested a woman Monday in connection with the splattering of paint in two locations inside the National Cathedral, a spokesman at the department said.
Tian Jiamel, 58, is charged with defacing property.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) -- Fast food workers striking for higher wages in seven cities Monday are bound to be disappointed. On their last week before vacation, Congress isn't likely to raise the minimum wage. They're not even close to critical mass on that issue.
With other issues on their plate - immigration reform, the farm bill and that whole business about funding the government - it is not one of the things lawmakers are spending a lot of time talking about, there aren't any votes scheduled any time soon, and it hasn't yet had a hearing in the House of Representatives this year.FULL STORY
(CNN) – It's time to drop out.
That's the message to Anthony Weiner from a majority of New York City Democrats likely to vote in September's mayoral primary, according to a new poll.