Updated 7:30 a.m. ET, 5/28/2014
(CNN) – They've been few and far between this primary season, but the tea party racked up some high-profile victories on Tuesday in runoff elections in Texas.
And among those doing down to defeat was the oldest member of Congress.
(CNN) - Condoleezza Rice is hopeful that Jeb Bush runs for president in 2016 but said it's unlikely she'd be seen on a ballot with the potential candidate.
In an interview with Ozy Media, the former secretary of state also said more questions need to be answered about the deadly 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, though she argued the issue could be approached in a less partisan way.
(CNN) - Joining in an effort to eliminate pork-barrel spending, Sen. Ted Cruz welcomed a pig named Churchill to Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Joined by fellow Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, Cruz praised the group hosting the event, Citizens Against Government Waste, and said, "the culture of corruption that is rampant in Washington and sadly it is a bipartisan affair."
(CNN) - Retired Justice John Paul Stevens may have carved a mostly liberal record in his nearly 35 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, but he received high praise Wednesday from one of the most conservative members of Congress.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called the 94-year-old Stevens one of the most effective and "dangerous" justices, and said he was lucky no longer having to face him on the bench.
Updated 9:00am ET 4/29/2014
(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry drew strong rebukes for reportedly saying that Israel risks becoming "an apartheid state" if a Mideast peace deal isn’t reached soon.
The alleged comments were reported on Sunday by the Daily Beast, which said it obtained a recording of Kerry speaking to global leaders at a closed-door meeting where the stalled peace process was discussed.
Washington (CNN) - Forget, for now, the traditional debates over taxes and spending or national security.
The flashpoint in presidential politics, at the moment anyway, seems to be more about age.
Or experience. Or maturity. Or something like that.
(CNN) – Former Republican Sen. Bob Dole argued that some of the men among the younger generation of potential GOP presidential candidates aren't quite ready to take on the White House.
"A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, (Marco) Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy – Ted Cruz? All running for president now," he said in an interview this week with The Wichita Eagle. "I don't think they've got enough experience yet."
(CNN) - Obamacare? Check. Harry Reid? Check. Kathleen Sebelius? Check.
A smattering of potential 2016 hopefuls looking to bank early points among Granite State conservatives sounded familiar refrains and trained their fire on oft-used targets at a New Hampshire summit on Saturday.
At Americans for Prosperity's New Hampshire Freedom Summit, the speakers spanned the conservative political spectrum from former presidential contenders, presumed top-flight 2016 Republican candidates, such as Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, potential dark horses and side-show spectacle.
But all those addressing the crowd Saturday fed the attentive listeners traditional conservative recipes featuring lots and lots of red meat.
What’s real and imagined about “equal pay day?
Women make less than men, even at the White House: Happy Equal Pay Day! Well, not happy, really. Today is the day in the year when American women’s pay from last year catches up to that of American men. Women, according to the data, make about 77 cents for every dollar a man does. We’re 23% into 2014.
Whether or not there is an actual pay gap and how large it is remain the subject of some debate. The census data that shows women make 77 cents for every dollar men make is calculated by adding all the wages of women and dividing the total by all the wages of men. But that doesn’t take into account a lot of factors, like women taking time off work to have children or choosing different career paths.
Professional fact checkers at Factcheck.org (“exaggeration”), Politifact (“Mostly False”) and The Washington Post (“one Pinocchio”) have all found problems with the claim. The American Association of University Women released a report that concluded the pay gap was closer to 7% than 23%.
For the past several elections, Democrats have adopted the equal pay issue and made the equality of paychecks a huge priority.
(CNN) - The Senate passed rare bipartisan legislation Monday to give the Obama administration more leeway to prevent terrorists from representing countries at the United Nations.
The legislation, which passed unanimously, targets Hamid Aboutalebi, who has been named by the Iranian government to be its next ambassador to the world body.