(CNN) – Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney cleared a final hurdle Friday in building a new house in California, a house that will include a four-car garage with an elevator for the vehicles.
Romney had already gotten zoning permission from the city of San Diego to demolish the 3,100 square foot home he owns in the La Jolla neighborhood and erect an 11,000 square foot mansion in its place. Plans for the home were put on hold until after the 2012 election.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is two for two.
The Republican from Janesville, Wisconsin, has successfully appeased House Republicans and engaged President Barack Obama in as little as 48 hours. A feat near impossible in these times of extreme partisanship.
(CNN) - Exactly how disgusted is Chris Christie with the total lack of compromise in Washington?
"If I was in the Senate right now, I'd kill myself," the Republican governor of New Jersey told the Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial board. The response came when Christie was asked what he would do if he was a member of the upper chamber during the current crisis.
Washington (CNN) - An offer Friday by House Republicans to President Barack Obama would temporarily increase the debt ceiling without reopening the government right away, GOP sources told CNN's Deirdre Walsh.
The White House said in response that Obama "has some concerns" with the plan because it would not end the shutdown that was in its 11th day.
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Energy Information Agency announced it will furlough 346 federal employees and more than 200 contractors at close of business on Friday. The furloughs affect nearly the entire EIA staff and will force the agency to cease operations beginning next week.
“Data releases and analyses will not be published during the furlough of EIA staff,” spokesman Jonathan Cogan said in a statement announcing the furloughs.
Washington (CNN) – House Republicans have made an offer to the President to resolve the budget standoff, GOP sources tell CNN.
The plan falls short of the President's demand to immediately reopen the government, but the GOP proposal would temporarily raise the debt ceiling.
(CNN) – Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon enjoying recent popularity in the conservative movement, compared the federal health care law to "slavery" during a speech Friday at the Values Voter Summit, an annual conservative gathering in Washington.
"Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is – in a way, it is slavery, in a way," he said. "Because it is making all of us subservient to the government."
Washington (CNN) - An offer by House Republicans to President Barack Obama would temporarily increase the debt ceiling without reopening the government right away, GOP sources told CNN's Deirdre Walsh on Friday.
The proposal followed a White House meeting on Thursday between the President and the House GOP leadership that participants described as positive in tone.
Washington (CNNMoney) - Friday is pay day for many of the 2 million federal workers affected by the shutdown.
For most employees, their paycheck is 40% lighter.
Updated 12:21 p.m. ET, 10/11/2013
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz walked on stage to great fanfare Friday at the Values Voter Summit, an annual conservative gathering in Washington.
But not long into the Texas Republican's speech, hecklers tried to get under the senator's skin.