(CNN) - His birthday isn't until Sunday, but President Barack Obama will receive an early surprise Wednesday during his meeting with House Democrats.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will present Obama with a dark chocolate cake topped with the presidential seal, and frosted with the words "Happy Birthday, Mr. President."
New York (CNNMoney) - It's not negotiable: Congress will have to soon raise the debt ceiling. The only question is when.
On Wednesday, the Treasury Department said again that it can continue to pay the country's bills in full without breaching the legal limit on borrowing until sometime after Labor Day.
(CNN) - Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost, a Republican, is known for his spirited rants on the General Assembly floor, which have gone viral on YouTube. Bost spoke to CNN's Kate Bolduan about running for U.S. Congress in Illinois, what sets him off, and why Congress may "need more passion."
"There are only about two things that really bother me," Bost said on CNN's "New Day." "When I'm working in the General Assembly and someone just violates the rules and therefore takes those rules away from my constituents and my ability to defend my constituents and work on certain pieces of legislations, that's a problem."
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(CNN) – "Incredibly bizarre" is not the typical response to a plate of chocolate chip cookies, particularly when the treats are delivered personally by a state's governor.
But that's how Irene Godinez, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund, describes the moment North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory handed the baked goods to a woman staked outside his home, protesting the controversial abortion bill McCrory signed into law earlier this week.
(CNN) – Choosing who to vote for in a potential 2016 matchup between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Rand Paul would be hard for Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican joked in an interview published Wednesday.
"It's gonna be a tough choice," McCain, laughing, told "The New Republic."
(CNN) - Sen. Jeff Flake is having a good year: He was sworn into the Senate. He spent a week marooned on a deserted island with his sons. And now the Republican is considered one of the 50 most beautiful people in the Beltway.
The Washington news outlet The Hill published its tenth annual list on Wednesday. The publication notes Flake's famously youthful appearance and healthy lifestyle choices - he's known for his love for spear fishing, sometimes without a shirt - as well as his participation in the so-called Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group of senators that led to the passage of immigration reform this year in the Senate.
Washington (CNN) - Labeling the Obama administration's investigation of the September 2012 Benghazi attacks "simply unacceptable," eight Republican lawmakers are demanding more aggressive steps from the new FBI Director James Comey and asking that he brief Congress within 30 days.
"It has been more than 10 months since the attacks," the GOP lawmakers said in a draft of a letter to Comey obtained by CNN. "We appear to be no closer to knowing who was responsible today than we were in the early weeks following the attack. This is simply unacceptable."
CNN: What's next for Bradley Manning? Prison time could add up for convicted leaker
The sentencing hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning begins Wednesday, and in the coming days, the famed leaker will find out how much time he will serve behind bars. It could be years or decades. Judge Col. Denise Lind spared him the certainty of spending his entire life in jail Tuesday, when she acquitted him of the most grievous charge of aiding the enemy. Had she convicted him of that one charge, he could have spent life in prison without possibility of parole. But Manning was found guilty of 20 other charges under the Espionage Act. Twelve of them carry maximum sentences of 10 years each in prison.
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(CNN) – Anthony Weiner's communications director apologized Tuesday night for bashing a former intern in a scathing interview laced with four-letter words.
"In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off the record conversation," Barbara Morgan said in a statement to CNN. "It was wrong and I am very sorry."
(CNN) – Oprah Winfrey is lending her star power to a rising star in the Democratic Party.
The influential TV personality and media titan will help host a fundraiser for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is running in a special election for a U.S. Senate seat.