Washington (CNN) -- Sen. John Cornyn, welcome to the club.
The two-term Texas lawmaker is now the seventh Republican Senator up for re-election next year to face a primary challenge from his right.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A Democratic group is going up with one of their first attacks against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over his administration's lane closures to one of the nation's busiest bridges, allegedly for political purposes.
Correct the Record, formed in part to defend Hillary Clinton, is an arm of American Bridge, an pro-Democratic group that specializes in opposition research. The group launched a graphic Tuesday showing the Republican Garden State leader in front of the George Washington Bridge with a traffic sign that says "political retribution" and "Lane closed. Expect Christie?"
CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 10, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING … BUDGET DEAL REACHED. CNN’s Lisa Desjardins reports that bipartisan budget negotiators have reached a deal that would set government spending levels and eliminate arbitrary forced spending cuts scheduled to hit early next year. The House and Senate must still vote on the agreement and opponents in both parties are already raising concerns. If passed by Congress, the agreement would mark a significant departure from repeated congressional showdowns over the budget. Watch the press conference with Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., as they unveil the agreement on CNN television at 6 p.m. ET.
OBAMA GOES ON SECOND TERM OFFENSIVE, ADDS PODESTA: Podesta, who served as former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff during the last tumultuous three years of his presidency, announced via Twitter that he is joining the White House during a critical time in the Obama's tenure. He plans to stay for a year as presidential counselor. – Leigh Ann Caldwell
OBAMA MENTIONS INCOME EQUALITY AT MANDELA’S MEMORIAL SERVICE: “There are too many people who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people.” Read the full transcript of Obama’s eulogy: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/10/transcript-obamas-speech-at-nelson-mandela-service/
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's approval rating stands at 42% in a new CNN Poll of Polls that averages four new national surveys, with 53% saying they disapprove of the job the President's doing in the White House.
The Poll of Polls averages the four non-partisan, live operator national surveys conducted over the past week that measure Obama's approval rating: Gallup daily tracking poll (Dec. 7-9); Quinnipiac University (Dec.3-9); Pew Research (Dec.3-8) and Marist/McClatchy (Dec. 3-5). Since it is an average of multiple surveys, the Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Congressional negotiators reached a bipartisan budget compromise on Tuesday that would prevent another government shutdown, if approved by the House and Senate.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Tuesday the deal with his Senate counterpart, Patty Murray, would set spending levels, reduce the deficit, and relieve some of the arbitrary, forced spending cuts - known as sequestration.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Former President George H.W. Bush – the skydiving, colorful sock wearing, octogenarian – is now on Twitter.
Bush, who is tweeting from @GeorgeHWBush, used his first tweet to herald the late Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who died this month. Bush also addressed the fact that he was unable to attend Tuesday's Mandela memorial.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan, the top Republican involved in budget talks, told reporters Tuesday that negotiators were closing in on a deal with a Friday deadline for doing so fast approaching.
"We're making really good progress. We're getting close. Don't have a timeline for you," Ryan said.
(CNN) - It is a familiar tactical strategy at the Supreme Court: when an oral argument gets too dense over regulatory interpretation– turn it into a sports analogy.
An Obama administration lawyer did that Tuesday in closely watched environmental appeal, comparing federal efforts aimed at curbing air pollution to basketball scores.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Outgoing Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia proposed $38.3 million in new funds Tuesday for mental health services over the next two years.
While officials say the budget plans and other initiatives have been in the works for a while, the announcement comes less than a month after Democratic state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed more than 10 times by his son, who then shot and killed himself.
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Washington (CNN) - Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez chose a landmark location to deliver an important proposal.
The Democrat from New Jersey Monday proposed to fellow Garden State resident Alicia Mucci in the Capitol Rotunda Monday. A spokeswoman for the Senator confirmed to CNN that the newly engaged couple soon after spread the word of their impending nuptials as they attended the White House congressional holiday ball, followed by a dinner with friends.