(CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to nominate Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon's former top lawyer, to be the next Homeland Security Secretary, sources tell CNN.
The nomination is expected on Friday. He must be confirmed by the Senate.
(CNN) - Sen. John McCain may be advising Republicans not to speak ill will of each other, but that's not stopping him from getting into a public exchange with fellow Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert.
Wednesday night, McCain charged that Gohmert had no intelligence, to which the Texas Republican fired back.
New York (CNNMoney) - Al Gore may not have invented the Internet, but he did try to buy one of its most popular social networks.
The former vice president told Bloomberg Television on Thursday that he and former Current TV co-founder Joel Hyatt tried to buy Twitter.
Washington (CNN) – A majestic old clock that stands near the U.S. Senate chamber is ticking again after the man in charge of winding it returned from the federal government furlough Thursday.
The "Ohio" clock ran down and stopped with the hands at about 12:15, eight days into the government shutdown, when its mainspring reached the end of its capacity.
Washington (CNNMoney) - Federal workers who were furloughed during the two-week shutdown will start seeing back pay in their Oct. 25 paychecks, say government officials and unions.
On top of that, the deal Congress passed late Wednesday paves the way for the Obama Administration to dole out 1% cost-of-living pay hikes for federal workers come January - the first in three years.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Bill Young of Florida, the longest-serving Republican member of the House, is "gravely ill," his family said in a statement Wednesday.
"[Young's] condition turned for the worse over night and he is gravely ill. His doctors say his prognosis is guarded," the statement read.
(CNN) - The partial federal government shutdown may be over but as of Thursday, the drunk dialing is just beginning.
The creators of DrunkDialCongress.Org said in a statement that the service would continue, facilitating the inebriated and sober to call their Congressional representative to thank them for ending the shutdown and press for action on other issues facing the country.
(CNN) - Add Mississippi's Thad Cochran to the list of Republican Senators up for re-election next year who are facing primary challengers.
State Senator Chris McDaniel launched a campaign on Thursday to try to unseat Cochran, who's served in Congress for more than four decades.
Washington (CNN) - The vote to end the shutdown took place in October 2013, but it may provide some clues about the 2016 race for the White House.
There are a bunch of potential presidential hopefuls in Congress, but since all Democrats voted lockstep to back a compromise to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, it's the Republican votes that are more interesting.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday there were "no winners" in the deal that ended the 16-day government shutdown and averted a possible U.S. default, then challenged Republican conservatives to drop their anti-government ideology and change how business gets done in Washington.
In a tough and somber statement hours after signing legislation passed by Congress to reopen the government, Obama said the standoff "inflicted completely unnecessary damage (to) our economy" by slowing growth and increasing borrowing costs.