(CNN) - Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed skepticism about the new budget deal after negotiators reached an agreement Tuesday that would prevent another government shutdown, if the bipartisan plan is approved by the House and Senate.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, rejected the deal, saying on CNN's "Crossfire" he would not vote in favor of the budget compromise.
(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?"
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) – Senate Democrats on Tuesday began enforcing their politically explosive rules change on presidential appointments with the chamber confirming an appeals court justice and pushing aside Republican objections to another nominee.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and most other members of the majority party last month invoked the so-called "nuclear option" to speed consideration of most Presidential nominations by making it easier to break Republican filibusters.
(CNN) – While much was made about President Barack Obama's handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, the U.S. leader also gave a warm greeting to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, despite recent tension between the two countries.
As Obama took his place among other world leaders and dignitaries before he addressed the memorial, he shook hands, embraced and patted them on the shoulder. When Obama arrived at Rousseff, he kissed her on both cheeks
(CNN) - Polls are open in Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District, where voters are casting ballots to fill a vacant seat in the U.S House of Representatives that was long held by Democrat Ed Markey.
The winner of the election between Democratic state Sen. Katherine Clark of Melrose and Republican attorney Frank Addivinola of Boston will serve the final year of Markey's term.
(CNN) - At Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday, President Barack Obama said the icon's death should prompt a time for self-reflection.
"With honesty, regardless of our station or our circumstance, we must ask: how well have I applied his lessons in my own life?" Obama said. "It is a question I ask myself - as a man and as a president. We know that like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. As was true here, it took sacrifice - the sacrifices of countless people - known and unknown - to see the dawn of a new day."
Read his full speech:
Updated 9:39 p.m., 12/9/2013
(CNN) - Republican Rep. Steve Stockman is launching a primary challenge against fellow Texan Sen. John Cornyn.
The Senate's second-ranking Republican, Cornyn is up for re-election next year.
(CNN) – The Air Force One flight from the U.S. to South Africa on Monday was historic not only for its final destination, but for its passenger list.
Joining President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for the trip to Nelson Mandela's memorial was former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
(CNN) – John Kitzhaber is bidding for an unprecedented fourth term as Oregon governor.
Kitzhaber made it official on Monday, announcing that he'll run for re-election next year.