Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner saw his own members repeatedly rebel and refuse to follow his strategy to avoid a partial government shutdown and go to the brink of a potential default.
Unable to persuade a bloc of conservatives to go along with a fight that has driven GOP poll numbers down, some are calling him one of the weakest House Speakers.
(CNN) - New York City's Democratic candidate for mayor would take the city from its now-plummeting crime numbers back to the rampant violence of the 1970s, his Republican opponent charges in a new online ad.
Republican Joe Lhota, a businessman, former chair of the city transit authority and deputy mayor under Republican Rudy Giuliani, has repeatedly accused Democrat Bill de Blasio of being soft on crime, lambasting de Blasio's reaction to a recent incident in New York involving a large group of motorcycle riders who chased and beat the driver of an SUV.
CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash asks Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, how he feels about the new Senate deal.
BASH: As you well know, you have a lot of fellow Republicans really downright angry at you because, here we are, almost three weeks later, the strategy that you started out on to defund Obamacare as part of funding the government. They never thought it was going to work because the votes aren't there. And here we are, reopening the government after a lot of bruising political warfare internally, and you got nothing for it.
Washington (CNN) - It's conventional wisdom: Americans don't like Congress.
But when it comes time to vote, they usually don't throw their lawmaker out of office.
However, new polls indicate that times and perceptions about "throwing the bums out" may be changing.
(CNN) - Senate leaders announced Wednesday they have reached a deal to end the government shutdown and avoid a possible U.S. default.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said he will not block a vote on the Senate deal to raise the national debt limit and temporarily end the partial government shutdown, even though he opposes the agreement because it does not address GOP objections to Obamacare.
Washington (CNN) - Did Hillary Clinton take a 2016 detour on her supposedly non-political paid speaking circuit?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday that Clinton, during her latest paid speaking gig to the National Association of Convenience Stores, spent nearly half an hour discussing the story behind the 2011 Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, specifically highlighting Vice President Joe Biden's opposition to the mission.
(CNN) - Senate Republican leaders met Wednesday before a gathering of the full GOP caucus, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire said the announcement of a deal to reopen the government and avoid a possible U.S. default could be coming, CNN's Ted Barrett and Dana Bash reported.