Washington (CNN) – House Republican leaders postponed a vote on government funding legislation until next week after many conservatives made it clear they wouldn’t back it because it doesn’t fully defund Obamacare.
The government will shut down if Congress does not approve a new annual spending plan by October 1, the start of the new federal budget year.
Washington (CNN) – Ari Fleischer knows exactly where he was the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
The press secretary of former President George W. Bush gave the rest of us a glimpse on Twitter Wednesday, tweeting a page of his handwritten notes detailing the minutes of that morning.
(CNN) – One day before Primary Day in New York City, two new polls suggest that the big question is whether front-runner Bill de Blasio will avoid a runoff in the race for the Democratic mayoral nomination.
And the surveys, from Quinnipiac University and NBC4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist, indicate a close contest between former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the race for city comptroller.
(CNN) – Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Iraq war veteran and Republican supporter of the president's request for authorization to strike at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, reached out to the White House on September 2 to offer to help the president and didn't hear back until he noted the lack of a response during a Sunday morning TV appearance.
Kinzinger, R-Illinois, tells CNN his chief of staff sent an email Monday to his White House contact in the office of Legislative Affairs, informing the White House that the congressman would be supporting the authorization in the media and on the floor of the House. Kinzinger would also be willing to help "whip" - or drum up support for - the authorization, the email noted.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - After endorsing President Barack Obama's plan to launch military strikes against Syria, Sen. John McCain warned the president would face impeachment if he were to put "boots on the ground."
McCain told Phoenix radio host Mike Broomhead on Thursday that the president had "bungled" the entire handling of the Syria crisis and would open himself up to impeachment hearings if he overstepped the limits of the authorization before Congress.
LOUSIVILLE, Kentucky (CNN) – The Kentucky State Fair has its share of eye-popping choices:
*Deep fried Kool-Aid
*The Donut Burger, a heart-stopping marriage of Krispy Kreme and quarter pounder.
*And this year, at the 50th annual Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast, a have to see it to believe it pairing: former foes Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul side by side, all smiles, eager to prove the Republican establishment and the tea party cannot only coexist, but can be allies.
(CNN) – All presidential decisions are, in the end, difficult and complex. And under any circumstance, the decisions on issues of war (surgical strikes included) are agonizing. The decision to use force - the repercussions, the cost in blood and treasure, the geostrategic implications - is complicated and the implications obviously immense.
But as the Syria story unfolds, there is an almost Shakespearean drama beneath the surface - one of political careers made and broken, of past positions held and almost abandoned. Not to mention the political enemies now finding themselves - awkwardly - on the same side of history.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - A little more than 43% of U.S. households - or 70 million homes – will end up owing no federal income taxes for 2013.
That's down from recent years because of an improving economy and the expiration of various tax cuts that were passed after the 2008 financial crisis, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, which published its latest estimates on Thursday.FULL STORY
Boston (CNN) – A top adviser to Rand Paul fired back at Chris Christie on Thursday after the New Jersey governor urged Republicans to focus their energies on winning elections instead of squabbling over ideology.
"So if I translate Gov. Christie correctly, we shouldn't be the party of ideas," Paul adviser Doug Stafford told CNN in an email. "We shouldn't care what we stand for or even if we stand for anything. We reject that idea. Content-free so-called 'pragmatism' is the problem, not the solution."