(CNN) - As votes were tallied Wednesday in a dramatic Senate vote to move ahead with the debt ceiling bill, some senators' votes were not read aloud by the clerks, breaking from the usual protocol of disclosing each senator's vote in real time.
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Senate clerks were asked not to read the names, so Republicans could feel more free to vote or change their votes as some GOP leaders sought to bring enough senators on board to end Sen. Ted Cruz’s filibuster that threatened to lead to a politically damaging fight over raising the debt limit.
(CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will caution Thursday of a "silent war" being waged by political elites on Americans' religious liberty and prescribe state-based laws to combat government overreach.
Jindal is scheduled to speak Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library - the latest potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate to make the trek to Simi Valley, California, to pay homage to the famed conservative leader.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 13, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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PROFILES IN COURAGE?
(CNN) – A group of lawmakers are pushing President Barack Obama to remove marijuana from its classification as a dangerous narcotic.
The federal government places pot in the same category as heroin and ecstasy as a schedule 1 controlled substance – a drug with high potential for abuse but no accepted medical use.
Washington (CNN) - With President Barack Obama's approval ratings near all-time lows, there are a number of congressional Democrats facing challenging reelection campaigns this year who aren't screaming for him to join them on the campaign trail.
But when it comes to fundraising, Obama remains the party's top rainmaker, and lawmakers definitely want his help accumulating campaign cash.
Cambridge, Maryland (CNN) – A snowstorm Thursday prompted the White House to call off a keynote speech by Vice President Joe Biden at the House Democrats' policy retreat, and President Obama could get the cold shoulder from lawmakers during his planned visit Friday - at least on one pending trade issue.
The President wants Congress to give him fast track trade authority, which would make it easier for him to negotiate major trade deals, by limiting congressional input to a yes/no vote on a final bill.
Washington (CNN) - The White House, which has been set back on its heels for months due to the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, is voicing some real optimism about the recent uptick in enrollment numbers, as well as the demographic trends.
“We’re very encouraged, because this is trending in the right way,” says a senior administration official. “The fact that millions have signed up is good—and it also makes it more likely that others will sign up.”
Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington state announced Thursday that he'll retire at the end of this year rather than run for re-election in November.
Hastings, who currently serves as the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said in a statement he was stepping down after 10 terms to allow someone new to represent Washington's 4th Congressional District.
(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave some insight Thursday into how she deals with her critics–some of whom, she added, aren't all that bad.
Speaking at an event about women and girls, Clinton said "it's important to learn how to take criticism seriously, but not personally."
(CNN) - As Russia hosts the Winter Olympic Games, a second straight national poll indicates that Americans' opinions of Russia have plunged.
According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, six out of 10 Americans have an unfavorable view of Russia, with just 34% holding a favorable view of the country. That's a switch from 2012, when 44% had an unfavorable view and half the public had a favorable opinion of Russia.