(CNN) – The Senate campaign for Republican Rep. Tom Cotton distanced itself Wednesday from an attack by the National Republican Senatorial Campaign on an ad released by opponent Sen. Mark Pryor highlighting his religion in their home state of Arkansas.
Pryor, a vulnerable, two-term Democratic senator up for re-election next year, launched a new television ad Wednesday, saying, "I'm not afraid to say that I believe in God and I believe in his word."
(CNN) - Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, indicated Wednesday that there won't be another government shutdown.
"We're not doing a government shutdown," Chaffetz said in response to questions from CNN's Crossfire co-host Stephanie Cutter about the priorities of Republicans in the House, pointing to the last partial government shutdown.
Washington (CNN) – The Republican congressman and Democratic senator charged with hashing out a federal budget deal are "closer" to an agreement but not there yet, according to senior aides in both parties.
A senior Democratic aide tells CNN that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray met Wednesday afternoon and are narrowing down the issues in a potential spending deal.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 4, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING …. ELIZABETH WARREN RULES OUT WHITE HOUSE BID IN 2016: The Boston Herald reports: “U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pledged today she will not run for president in 2016 and will finish her term.” The Bay State senior senator has been mentioned in the preliminary talk about the presidential race, but Hillary Clinton has generated the most buzz.
"I'm not running for president and I plan to serve out my term," she said at a press conference in Boston with Mayor-elect Marty Walsh.
When further pressed, she added: "I pledge to serve out my term.
"I am not running for president. I am working as hard as I can to be the best possible senator I can be."
Update 8:14 p.m., 12/4/2013
(CNN) – Obamacare is back, at least in how President Barack Obama refers to his signature health care reforms.
Following the botched October 1 launch of the HealthCare.gov website for the reforms, the Obama administration appeared to steer clear of the nickname Obamacare originally given by hostile Republicans and later adopted by the President.
Washington (CNN) – Congress is on pace to have its least productive year in modern history, earning a "do-nothing" label and adding another unwanted statistic to a body already facing chronically low approval ratings.
Cue the blame game.
(CNN) – MSNBC host Martin Bashir said in a statement Wednesday that he would resign from the network following comments he made about former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Bashir apologized on-air last month after suggesting that Palin deserved graphic punishment for comparing U.S. foreign debt to slavery. Palin later canceled an appearance on NBC's "Today."
(CNN) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's "not running for president" in 2016 and the Massachusetts Democrat is pledging to "serve out" her term, which goes through 2018.
The freshman Senator, who's a darling of many progressives, made her comments Wednesday at a news conference for Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh.
Update 5:29 p.m. ET, 12/4/2013
Washington (CNN) - The White House is officially ready for the holidays.
Following yearly tradition, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled a White House transformed by Christmas finery Wednesday.
(CNN) - The dates have been set for the recount to determine the Virginia attorney general's race, after Democrat Mark Herring beat Republican Mark Obenshain last month by a tiny margin of 165 votes out of 2.2 million.
Officials will begin counting votes in Fairfax county on December 16 and in the rest of the counties on December 17.