Washington (CNN) - One of the most prominent developers of the plan that could shut the government down is a little-known congressman who has been in office only eight months.
This newly elected tea party aligned lawmaker downplays his position, saying he has relatively little influence. But in reality, his efforts have pushed Washington to the brink.
(CNN) – Same-sex couples must be permitted to marry in New Jersey based on an earlier U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the matter, a New Jersey judge ruled Friday.
"Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution," Judge Mary Jacobson of the Mercer County Superior Court wrote in her ruling.
Washington (CNN) – After the Senate passed a short-term bill to keep federal agencies funded through mid-November, it sent the measure to the House of Representatives, just three days before a possible government shutdown.
But the House was done for the day. And House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team appear to have no plan to avoid the shutdown.
(CNN) - The Pentagon issued guidance on Friday on how a potential government shutdown, which would begin on Tuesday absent a congressional agreement on spending, would impact its operations.
"All military personnel will continue in a normal duty status regardless of their affiliation" under a shutdown scenario, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter wrote in a memo to military commanders and other senior defense officials.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama will make a previously unscheduled public statement at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, the White House announced.
Obamacare is not causing an increase in part time employment.
Washington (CNN) – After Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost the Latino vote by more than 40% in 2012, the Republican Party has started an effort to rebrand itself to be more attractive to the growing demographic.
But that's not going to be easy, according to the results of a new poll released Friday, and will require the Republican Party to turn back the a belief among Latinos that the party doesn't care about them.
Washington (CNN) – Former Vice President Al Gore unleashed some biting words Friday on the Republican-led strategy to defund Obamacare or risk a government shutdown.
"The only phrase that describes it is political terrorism," he said at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney thinks Obamacare is a bad law that will hurt the country, but disagrees with how conservatives in Washington are trying to get rid of it.
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said using the politically charged Affordable Care Act as a wedge in Washington’s fiscal wars is counterproductive.
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(CNN) - The Senate on Friday approved a short-term spending plan that would avoid a government shutdown next week, sending the measure back to the House after Democrats restored funding for Obamacare, which is opposed by Republicans.