Washington (CNN) - An internal government review released Friday found no "widespread" misconduct or inappropriate behavior among U.S. Secret Service employees, after concerns were raised in Congress about the agency's disciplinary controls following a prostitution scandal.
The 145-page report from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general noted isolated cases of unethical conduct among Secret Service workers, on or off duty, which raised broader security concerns. It recommended 14 guidelines to deal with future problems.
Updated 2:23 p.m. ET, 12/20/2013
New York (CNNMoney) - The federal Obamacare exchange website went down again for several hours on Friday, leaving consumers unable to sign up just days before the deadline to obtain coverage by Jan. 1.
In the early afternoon, many visitors were greeted with a message saying the site had a lot of visitors and asked people to wait. By about 2 pm, the site appeared to be operating normally and users were directed to log in or create an account.
Washington (CNN) – Fourteen points.
That's how far President Barack Obama's poll numbers fell in CNN polling over the course of what's been an especially tough year.
Obama's approval rating stands at 41% in a new CNN/ORC International survey released Friday, which matches the all-time low he fell to in CNN polling just last month. The President's disapproval rating remains unchanged at 56%, which is an all-time high in CNN surveys.
(CNN) - Rep. Jack Kingston defended his comments suggesting that low-income children who receive subsidized meals should clean the cafeteria in exchange for the free meals.
The Georgia Republican said he should have better clarified his comments and said they were not directed at a particular income group.
(CNN) - The U.S. Senate suddenly feels a sense of urgency... to go home for the holidays.
"I urge my colleagues to stay on the floor so we can hold to these 10-minute deadlines. People have planes to catch," Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, said on the floor Friday as lawmakers began a series of last minutes votes to approve nominations.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama Friday announced he will nominate longtime Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana as U.S. ambassador to China.
"For more than two decades Max Baucus has worked to deepen the relationship between the United States and China," the President said in a statement released by the White House.
Update 1:53 p.m. ET, 12/20/2013
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized on Friday because he wasn't feeling well, but he is now doing better, his office said.
"Tests have been conducted and everything is normal. He is alert, resting and feeling better," the Nevada Democrat's office said.
Washington (CNN) - The Senate GOP re-election committee was out raised last month by its Democratic rival, but the National Republican Senatorial Committee says that when debt is factored in, the two party committees are on near equal financial footing.
The NRSC Friday announced that it brought in $3.18 million in fundraising in November, with $6.4 million cash on hand and no debt. At the beginning of the week the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced that it raised $5.1 million last month, with $12 million cash on hand and debt of around $5 million.