(CNN) - Returning to Iowa for the first time since he campaigned in the state's Republican presidential caucuses two years ago, Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivered a blistering anti-Washington, anti-President Barack Obama address as he spoke Thursday night at a Polk County GOP dinner.
Normally known for his folksy, light-hearted demeanor, Perry instead remained largely serious as he sacked the Obama administration on a range of issues from health care law to foreign policy.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday he would have never entertained the idea of swapping Vice President Joe Biden for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as his running mate during last year's presidential election.
"If they had asked me, I would have said there is no way that I'm not running again with Joe Biden. Because I genuinely believe that he has been one of the best vice presidents in our history," Obama said in an interview with NBC News. "He also happens to be a friend."
Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he wants to pass an increase in the minimum wage in the next two weeks.
"I'm going to try to do it this month," Reid said after leaving a closed Democratic caucus meeting on the issue in the Capitol.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama apologized on Thursday to Americans whose insurance plans are being canceled due to the federal health law he championed even though he said repeatedly they could keep their coverage if they liked.
"I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he told NBC News in an exclusive interview.FULL STORY
CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 7, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING … BIPARTISAN PUSH TO DELAY OBAMACARE FOR ONE YEAR: Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, “introduced legislation to delay the implementation of the individual mandate under the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ from January 1, 2014 to January 1, 2015.”
#RICH: It's official. Wall Street #hearts Twitter. Shares of Twitter soared more than 75% from their offering price in the first hour after it began trading. – Julianne Pepitone
MARKET WATCH: Twitter closed the day up 73% at $44.90, with more 117 million shares exchanging hands on the first day of trading. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 1%, while the S&P 500 dropped 1.3%. The NASDAQ was down nearly 2%.
Updated 7:30 p.m. ET, 11/7/2013
Washington (CNN) – The top technology expert working to repair the bug-laden federal health care website is too busy to testify next week in front of a Republican-chaired House committee, the White House wrote in a letter to the committee Thursday.
Todd Park, the U.S. chief technology officer and an assistant to the president, is "currently occupied full time on the critically important work of improving the website for the millions of Americans seeking affordable health insurance options," the White House wrote in a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa dated November 6, suggesting instead a date next month.
(CNN) - "Ready for Hillary": Please meet "Ready for Christie."
Two Chris Christie fans from the Midwest announced they filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to form a political action committee supportive of the Republican New Jersey governor and his potential 2016 presidential bid.
(CNN) - Longtime Republican Rep. Howard Coble of North Carolina announced Thursday he plans to retire at the end of his term rather than seek re-election next year.
The 15-term Congressman announced his decision at a press conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Washington (CNN) - For the first time, the U.S. Senate approved legislation that would protect gay, lesbian and transgender employees from discrimination in the workplace.
The Employment Nondiscrimination Act, or ENDA, passed the Democratic-led chamber on Thursday, 64 to 32.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A new union-backed ad buy will look to drum up support for passing comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives by targeting vulnerable chamber Republicans, according to a statement.
The Service Employees International Union said Thursday they are spending more than $500,000 on attack ads targeting seven House Republicans who face tough re-elections next year, and House Speaker John Boehner. SEIU has already spent more than $2.5 million promoting immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship, the group said.