Washington (CNN) – A majestic old clock that stands near the U.S. Senate chamber is ticking again after the man in charge of winding it returned from the federal government furlough Thursday.
The "Ohio" clock ran down and stopped with the hands at about 12:15, eight days into the government shutdown, when its mainspring reached the end of its capacity.
(CNN) - Add Mississippi's Thad Cochran to the list of Republican Senators up for re-election next year who are facing primary challengers.
State Senator Chris McDaniel launched a campaign on Thursday to try to unseat Cochran, who's served in Congress for more than four decades.
Washington (CNN) - An agreement to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a possible U.S. default easily passed the U.S. Senate and headed to the House for a vote expected later Wednesday.
If approved by the Republican-led House, the legislation would go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law by the end of Thursday - the deadline for increasing the federal borrowing limit or risk the first default in American history.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Congressional approval ratings hovered at historic lows. Republican and Democrats hurled insults at each other and among themselves. The political circus in Washington even made its way to "Saturday Night Live: - in a sketch featuring Miley Cyrus, at that.
It seemed that nothing would break through the partisan stronghold that left Capitol Hill at a standstill in the weeks leading up to and during the partial government shutdown.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Senate leaders have reached a short-term, bipartisan deal to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a possible U.S. default on the debt.
The deal still must be approved by the Senate and the House and then signed by President Barack Obama.
Here's a look at how the deal may play out in the coming hours. Of course, this is just a scenario. Whether the deal will be approved in both chambers is, at the moment, anyone's guessFULL STORY
(CNN) – New Jersey voters head to the polls on Wednesday in a special U.S. Senate election that's become a proxy fight over the federal government shutdown and the bitter partisan battle in the nation's capital over the rollout of the national health care law.
Wednesday's election between two-term Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Republican nominee Steve Lonegan will also result in a slight shift in the current balance of power in the Senate.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Shortly after Republican leaders of the House of Representatives canceled plans for a Tuesday night vote, the two top figures in the Senate rebooted their own talks aimed at ending the U.S. budget standoff.
Spokesmen for Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell - their chamber's majority leader and minority leader, respectively - said Tuesday night that they restarted negotiations aimed at creating legislation that would fully reopen the government and raise the nation's debt ceiling.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker holds a double-digit lead over Republican candidate Steve Lonegan on the eve of a special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey, according to the latest polls.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday morning indicates Booker, the Democratic nominee, is ahead of Lonegan 54%-40% among likely voters in the Garden State, with 5% unsure. Booker's 14-point lead over Lonegan is virtually unchanged from Quinnipiac's previous poll, which was released last week.