(CNN) - Cory Booker is heading to Washington.
The 44-year-old two-term Democratic mayor of Newark, New Jersey defeated his Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, Wednesday in a special U.S. Senate election.
Washington (CNN) - It began with high hopes and lofty rhetoric, as a newly reelected President Barack Obama ended his State of the Union wish list with a call to action: "It remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story."
But 2013 will hardly be remembered as a great chapter. Instead, even with Wednesday's debt ceiling and government funding deal, this is a wasted year in Washington, one of more band-aid budgeting, polarized partisanship and Republican chaos.
Washington (CNN) - An agreement to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a possible U.S. default easily passed the U.S. Senate and headed to the House for a vote expected later Wednesday.
If approved by the Republican-led House, the legislation would go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law by the end of Thursday - the deadline for increasing the federal borrowing limit or risk the first default in American history.
Washington (CNN) - Congressional approval ratings hovered at historic lows. Republican and Democrats hurled insults at each other and among themselves. The political circus in Washington even made its way to "Saturday Night Live: - in a sketch featuring Miley Cyrus, at that.
It seemed that nothing would break through the partisan stronghold that left Capitol Hill at a standstill in the weeks leading up to and during the partial government shutdown.
Washington (CNN) - The tea party is more unpopular than ever, according to a new national poll that also suggests that even many Republicans now view the grass-roots conservative movement in a negative light.
A Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday also indicates that Sen. Ted Cruz, one of the ringleaders of the conservative push to tie dismantling the national health care law to the funding of the federal government, has seen his popularity jump among tea party Republicans and drop among non-tea party GOPers.
Washington (CNN) - Only 61 people in the history of the United States have held the position. It's the second most powerful in the country and second in line to the presidency.
But after this week, not many people may want to be Speaker of the House.
Washinton (CNN) - Senate leaders on Wednesday announced a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a possible U.S. default, and House Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans to support it while a key GOP conservative said he wouldn't try to block it in the Senate.
"We fought the good fight; we just didn't win," Boehner told a radio station in his home state of Ohio in reference to GOP efforts to dismantle or defund President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms and extract deficit reduction concessions around the need to fund the government and raise the federal borrowing limit.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 16, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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VOTE TONIGHT, ‘AFTER DINNER’: A Senate vote on an agreement to end the partial government shutdown and avert a possible U.S. default as soon as midnight could come sometime Wednesday evening, a senior GOP Senate aide told CNN's Ted Barrett. The aide said the vote was expected “after dinner” to give Senators time to read the measure. Meanwhile, a senior House GOP leadership aide said the House also could vote "as early as tonight" after the Senate acts. – Tom Cohen
THE DEAL: The deal funds the government through January 15, raises the debt limit until February 7, includes a provision in the deal that strengthens verification measures for people getting subsidies under Obamacare and sets up budget negotiations between the House and Senate for a long-term spending plan.
THE WHIP WATCH: U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Urges YES vote. Club for Growth: Urges NO vote.
(CNN) - Senate leaders have reached a short-term, bipartisan deal to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a possible U.S. default on the debt.
The deal still must be approved by the Senate and the House and then signed by President Barack Obama.
Here's a look at how the deal may play out in the coming hours. Of course, this is just a scenario. Whether the deal will be approved in both chambers is, at the moment, anyone's guess
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner is admitting a Republican loss over the shutdown and debt ceiling battle – for this round at least.
"We fought the good fight. We just didn't win," Boehner told Cincinnati radio station WLW on Wednesday after the Senate stepped in to effectively end the legislative impasse.