Washington (CNN) – Republicans want to cut the deficit. And Republicans want to cut taxes. Tuesday, those two sweeping goals collided as a GOP-controlled House committee voted to advance hundreds of billions in tax cuts at the cost of adding those billions to the deficit.
The House Ways and Means Committee voted almost entirely along party lines to make six tax breaks permanent at a cost of $310 billion over the next 10 years.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 29, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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NBA BANS STERLING FOR LIFE … Basketball Commissioner Adam Silver slapped Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban from the sport and a $2.5 million fineTuesday over racist remarks attributed to Sterling. Silver said the National Basketball Association "will begin immediately" the process to force Sterling to sell the team, which he has owned since the 1980s.
Asked about his message to Clippers fans, Silver said, “This league is far bigger than any one owner.” – Steve Almasy and Ashley Fantz
Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, signaled for the first time Tuesday that he is "open" to the Senate voting on legislation that would require the approval of the controversial Keystone pipeline.
"I'm open to anything that will move energy efficiency," Reid told reporters when asked if he would agree to schedule the vote as an amendment to a bipartisan energy efficiency bill expected to be taken up later this week.
Trenton, New Jersey (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie nominated a former state attorney general to head the transportation agency at the center of a political scandal over traffic jams that has led to closer scrutiny of its operations.
Christie tapped John Degnan to succeed David Samson, another former state attorney general who stepped down in March from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
(CNN) - Wisconsin became the latest state to have its voter identification law struck down by the courts, with a federal judge in Milwaukee on Tuesday concluding that opponents of the requirement have shown it has a "disproportionate impact" on many voters.
Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee ruled the requirement that voters present one of nine forms of government-approved photo ID was in violation of the landmark Voting Rights Act. He issued an injunction blocking enforcement of the law. A state judge had earlier tossed out the law on similar legal grounds.
Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged Tuesday he is receiving what he called "ugly, vile, vulgar" threats after he labeled supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy "domestic terrorists" last week.
"Each day that goes by, it's hard for me to comprehend how ugly, vile, vulgar, and threatening people are, sending letters to my home and making other threats," said the longtime Democratic senator from Nevada, speaking slowly to reporters, with long pensive pauses and even shaking his head.
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it's launching six new television commercials this week in five states.
The ad buy, which the pro-business organization describes as "massive," is the latest volley by the group, which is one of the biggest spenders among the outside groups so far this midterm election cycle
Washington (CNN) – Republican Party leaders are considering withdrawing financial and strategic support for Rep. Michael Grimm's re-election bid, GOP sources familiar with the discussions told CNN.
Grimm, a two-term Republican representing New York's 11th Congressional District, is the only GOP congressman from New York City and even before he was indicted Monday on 20 counts of fraud, he was facing a tough campaign to win a third term.
Washington (CNN) - One day after being indicted for various charges in a New York federal court, Rep. Michael Grimm returned to Capitol Hill and pledged to stay there.
"I'm back to work doing what the people pay me to do: represent them. So that's what's gonna continue going forward," the New York Republican told CNN.