(CNN) – Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's office clarified on Friday her apparent disinterest in returning to her old job as House speaker.
Her spokesman suggested she would be open to resuming the speakership if elected to the position, and said they asked for a correction to the edited version of the interview published in The National Journal on Thursday.
(CNN) – As President Barack Obama deliberates potential military action in Syria, Sen. Rand Paul says the administration is backing a plan that would end in stalemate for the troubled nation.
Speaking with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the Kentucky Republican said Obama's objectives weren't clear for Syria as he weighs cruise missile strikes.
(CNN) – Two of President Barack Obama's White House predecessors offered their views of his impending decision on Syria Friday as global support for strikes in the country faltered.
Former President George W. Bush, in an interview, said Obama has a "touch choice to make" on potential U.S. military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is accused of using chemical weapons against civilians.
Washington (CNN) - Half of all Americans say they oppose possible U.S. military action against Syria, according to a new national poll.
But the NBC News survey suggests support does increase if any such attack is limited to cruise missile launches.
(CNN) – Bill de Blasio, New York City's public advocate, has opened a double digit lead over his Democratic rivals for mayor, a poll showed Friday.
The New York Times/Siena College survey also indicated Eliot Spitzer, a former governor, maintaining his healthy lead in the race for the city's top financial post, the day after another poll showed a dead heat.
Washington (CNN) - Call it domestic housekeeping, a political dotting of "i"s and crossing of "t"s on a checklist for launching punitive military strikes against Syria for last week's chemical weapons attack.
The Obama administration briefed members of Congress late Thursday in a display of consultation intended to fulfill a murky obligation under law and address the inevitable complaints by minority legislators that no one ever talks to them.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - More than 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, mostly Republicans and some Democrats, sent President Barack Obama a letter demanding he consult with Congress before ordering any action.
Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, outright opposes any intervention.
CNN's POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 29, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING … UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING ON SYRIA AT A STANDSTILL … A western diplomat tells CNN: "It was clear there was no meeting of minds, and no agreement on the text. It is clear that our approaches are very different.” - CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh reporting from the UN.
DEMOCRAT SPEAKS OUT AGAINST SYRIA: REP. ALAN GRAYSON, D-FLORIDA, HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE: “I think the only people who really want in to happen are the military industrial complex. I just don't understand how this involves us, Americans. The British had estimated the strike will cost Americans billions of dollars, with a B. And at a time when the budgets are so tight, and we're cutting veterans' benefits and we're cutting education and we're cutting health care, why are we spending billions of dollars? I don't know where we got this odd notion that every time we see something bad happen in the world, we should bomb it.”
THE BUZZ: As fast food strikes hit 60 cities, Rush Limbaugh rushes into minimum wage debate: “The minimum wage has nothing to do with economics. The minimum wage is the Democrat Party's attempt, and anybody else that signed on to it, to make people think they care about them. But it's entirely arbitrary. They get $7.25 an hour for what? There are some jobs that aren't worth that. The White House interns don't make anything! Did you know Obama doesn't pay his interns anything?” LINK
New York (CNNMoney) - Two months after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the Treasury Department on Thursday ruled that legally married same-sex couples will be treated as married for federal tax purposes.
The decision has a host of implications, even for couples who now live in states that don't recognize same-sex marriage.FULL STORY