(CNN) - As votes were tallied Wednesday in a dramatic Senate vote to move ahead with the debt ceiling bill, some senators' votes were not read aloud by the clerks, breaking from the usual protocol of disclosing each senator's vote in real time.
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Senate clerks were asked not to read the names, so Republicans could feel more free to vote or change their votes as some GOP leaders sought to bring enough senators on board to end Sen. Ted Cruz’s filibuster that threatened to lead to a politically damaging fight over raising the debt limit.
(CNN) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tops Donald Trump and another potential GOP challenger this year by 2-1 margins in possible November showdowns, according to a new poll.
And a Quinnipiac University survey of New York voters released Thursday also indicates that more than six in 10 approve of the job the job their Democratic governor is doing in office, with 59% saying Cuomo deserves to be re-elected this year to a second term in Albany.
Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Dean Heller voted to filibuster the bill to raise the debt ceiling Wednesday, after telling CNN the night before that he did not support fellow Sen. Ted Cruz’s plan to do the same.
“Well, I don't think it's right, because at the end of the day, we're going to pass a clean debt ceiling increase, with Ted or without Ted's support, with my support or without my support,” Heller told Van Jones on CNN’s “Crossfire” Tuesday night.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden will be the opening guest for Seth Meyers’ debut as "Late Night" host.
Biden’s office says he’ll appear on the February 24 premiere, as Meyers replaces Jimmy Fallon on the NBC show.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama will nominate Victoria Reggie Kennedy to the board of governors for the U.S. Postal Service, the White House announced on Wednesday.
Kennedy is the widow of former Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who died in 2009 of cancer. They were early supporters of Obama when he first ran for President.
(CNN) - After suing President Barack Obama over government surveillance on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul had lunch with Attorney General Eric Holder.
The Kentucky Republican and the nation’s top law enforcement officer discussed shared support for reforms to the criminal justice system, according to a Justice Department official.
(CNN) - Former Vice President Walter Mondale underwent successful heart surgery on Wednesday in Rochester, Minnesota.
"He is resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery. His family requests privacy at this time," the Mayo Clinic said in a statement.
(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio isn't saying whether he ever smoked marijuana.
Asked at an education forum at Miami-Dade College on Monday whether he ever smoked marijuana, Rubio answered: "If I tell you that I haven't, you won't believe me. And if I tell you that I did, then kids will look up to me and say, 'Well, I can smoke marijuana because look how he made it. He did alright so I guess I can do it too.'"
(CNN) - He's got the first lady for his first week.
Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama will once again team up when Fallon starts at his new gig as host of NBC's "Tonight Show."