(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden suggested Thursday night that running for President wouldn't leave much time to practice his golf game.
At an event in Washington, Taoiseach Enda Kenny offered for Biden to come to Ireland and unload his "golf sticks" from Air Force Two to play a round.
Washington (CNN) – After coming under fire from activists who labeled him "deporter in chief," President Barack Obama is asking his administration to find better, more humane ways of administering current immigration law, the White House said Thursday.
Obama ordered his Homeland Security chief, Jeh Johnson, to conduct an "inventory of the department's current practices to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law," the White House said after Obama met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
(CNN) - A Ukraine financial aid package stalled in Congress on Thursday, caught up in a fight over IMF funding and an unrelated dispute over rules aimed at curbing political activities by nonprofit groups.
Senate Democrats rejected a proposal floated by Republicans to add language to the Ukraine measure that would delay new IRS regulations for how the agency oversees some tax-exempt organizations.
Washington (CNN) - In the wake of this week's GOP victory in a much watched special congressional election, a senior White House official acknowledged the need to rev up voter turnout.
The comments were part of a Thursday post-game analysis following Tuesday's Democratic loss in a special election to fill a vacant seat in Florida's 13th Congressional district.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 13, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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TROUBLE FOR THE MIDTERMS? The state that launched then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008, Iowa, is not looking so favorably on him now, according to a new Quinnipiac Poll released today. The Q-poll shows that Obama has a dismal 39% approval rating among Iowans. At this point, though, Obama does not appear to be dragging down the Democratic candidate for Senate, Bruce Braley, who the Q-poll said is viewed favorably by 35%, and unfavorably by 18% of Iowans. Still, Democratic strategists tell CNN’s Mark Preston that they are very much concerned about the President’s stagnant poll numbers as they nervously head into November.
(CNN) – A group of 10 U.S. senators has reached a deal to extend federal benefits to the chronically unemployed for five months, a development one negotiator called a "bipartisan breakthrough."
Five Republicans have signed on to the $10 billion measure, effectively meaning it should clear the Democratic-led chamber. A vote is not expected until after next week's recess and prospects for passage in the House are uncertain.
Washington (CNN) - GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was caught Thursday on an open microphone offering to help the Obama administration try to convince House Speaker John Boehner to support the Senate's Ukraine assistance bill.
The moment happened as Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up testimony in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Graham walked over to the witness table, leaned over to talk to Kerry and was heard on a live mic saying "Hey John, good job! Let me know what I can do to help you with Boehner."
Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called recent allegations of CIA spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee "pretty appalling" and said the agency’s response to the controversy has been "befuddling" so far.
"I have very serious concerns about transparency and oversight and the intelligence community honoring its responsibility to Congress in that regard," Pelosi told reporters.
(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner marked Pope Francis’ first anniversary Thursday by extending an open invitation to him to address a joint meeting of Congress.
Boehner, who is Catholic, noted in a statement that the Argentinian was the first Pope "to hail from the Americas."
Washington (CNN) - Current rules governing overtime pay are "wrong," President Barack Obama said Thursday as he signed an order directing his administration to reexamine how employees are paid for working more than 40 hours per week.
"Overtime is a pretty simple idea. If you have to work more, you should get paid more," Obama said at the White House. "Unfortunately today, millions of Americans aren't getting the extra pay they deserve."