Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama again made his case that Congress must pass a budget and not negotiate on the health care law Wednesday, this time to business leaders.
Obama blamed an "ideological faction" of the Republican Party for the "ideological fight" currently underway in Congress over the budget.
Washington (CNN) – He never said it publicly, but it was no secret House Speaker John Boehner did not want to tie defunding Obamacare to a bill keeping the government open. It's a high stakes strategy that could end up backfiring on Republicans if the government does shut down.
But now, thanks to unrelenting pressure from conservatives, that's exactly what he's doing.
(CNN) – With just over six weeks until November's general election, a new poll indicates that Democrat Bill de Blasio has a commanding 43 percentage point lead over Republican Joe Lhota in the race for mayor of New York City.
According to a new NBC4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey, de Blasio, the city's public advocate, tops Lhota, the former chairman of New York's transit authority and deputy mayor to then GOP Mayor Rudy Giuliani, 65%-22% among likely voters. Independent candidate and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion stands at 3%.
(CNN) - Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, pressed for more answers Wednesday on why the Navy Yard shooter, who worked for a company contracted by the Navy, had been given security clearance despite his troubled past.
"We absolutely have to be asking tough questions. It appears that there was insufficient vetting by the contractor, that if it had been done would have revealed many of the red flags," Collins said on CNN's "New Day."
Washington (CNN) - With just over a month and a half to go until Election Day, a new poll indicates a close contest in Virginia's gubernatorial battle.
Democratic businessman Terry McAuliffe and Republican state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli are basically all knotted up, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday morning.
Washington (CNN) - With an impending budget deadline, the White House budget office directed federal agencies to prepare for a potential government shutdown.
In a memo, Sylvia Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, told federal agencies to update their plans in the event members of Congress and the White House are unable to reach an agreement before September 30, the end of the fiscal year.
Washington (CNN) - The Texas state senator who rose to national fame after her 13-hour filibuster over a controversial abortion bill will announce her next political move in just over two weeks.
Supporters of Democrat Wendy Davis can sign up to get the October 3 announcement on whether she'll run for governor, according to her campaign website.