WASHINGTON (CNN) - Some say total openness is the key to a healthy marriage. But it appears, for now at least, Hillary Clinton isn't telling her husband whether she has her eye on running for the White House in 2016.
"I don't know what she's going to do," Bill Clinton told CNN's Fareed Zakaria.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The 230-189 vote in the Republican-led House of Representatives on Friday to fund the government, with the exception of Obamacare, triggered a not-so-welcome déjà vu march toward a possible government shutdown.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Patty Murray blasted one of several new ads attacking Obamacare for being "deplorable and sexist" on Friday.
The ads are by a libertarian group, Generation Opportunity, which feature young people who go to a doctor's appointment only to have an intentionally creepy Uncle Sam pop up ready to give them an exam. Meant to encourage young people to "opt out," of Obamacare, one ad features a young woman implicitly having a gynecological exam.
Washington (CNN) - Two hours before the House passed a short term spending bill that defunded Obamacare–something Senate Democrats said they will reject next week–House Republicans met to plan their next attack on President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
House Speaker John Boehner and other top leaders outlined a lengthy GOP wish list of items they plan to attach to legislation raising the nation's debt limit, including a delay of Obamacare.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - White House officials are reaching out to some Democratic senators to discuss the possible nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve, one source with knowledge of the calls confirmed to CNN.
The only name mentioned on these calls is that of Yellen, the source told CNN, adding the idea is to generate support for the expected nomination.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 20, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
SHOWDOWN ON SHUTDOWN: HOUSE GOP LAUNCHES VOTES TO DEFUND OBAMACARE (AGAIN), SETS UP A BATTLE WITH SENATE… By a 230-189 vote almost strictly on party lines, the House passed a short-term government spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare. The measure now goes to the Democratic-led Senate, which is certain to reject the provision that defunds President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement of his first term. – Tom Cohen
BEYOND THE PARTY LINE: Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia was the only Republican to vote against the stop gap budget. President Barack Obama won Rigell's district - which includes Virginia Beach - with 50% of the vote in 2008 and 2012. Rigell won his own 2012 race handily – 54% to 46%.
Two Democrats joined Republicans in voting to defund Obamacare: Jim Matheson of Utah and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina. Both Matheson and McIntyre's districts are overwhelmingly Republican and supported Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. McIntyre, however, won his own seat with by just over 600 votes, in a 50% – 50% contest. And Matheson won his seat 49% -48%.
Liberty, Missouri (CNN) - President Obama warned Congress on Friday that shutting down the government would halt any economic momentum the country has established, telling a crowd at a Ford plant here that "our recovery still needs to build more strength."
"Right now the debate that is going on in Congress is not meeting the test of helping middle class families," the president said. "It is just – they are not focused on you. They are focused on politics. They are focused on trying to mess with me. They are not focused on you."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Friday that Congress was not focused on the middle class in the current budget debate, telling workers at a Ford Motor Co. plant in Liberty, Missouri, that legislators were "focused on politics, they're focused on trying to mess with me, they're not focused on you."