Washington (CNN) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is expected to vote down legislation Tuesday that would the raise the federal government's debt limit by approximately $2.4 trillion without requiring any new spending cuts.
The bill would ensure Washington's ability to keep paying its bills through the end of 2012.
Washington (CNN) – Has the Republican Medicare plan undermined the GOP's 2012 election hopes?
Republicans say no. They hope voters will reward them for taking on a tough issue. But Democrats say yes, and now they're pointing to the surprising results of a special election in western New York to back their claim.
Washington (CNN) –Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday firmly rejected President Barack Obama's call for a return to the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, telling the U.S. leader that such a move is impossible in light of current security concerns and demographic realities.
Listen: Candy Crowley and Bob Costantini talk Obama-Middle East and the GOP's Help Wanted attitude:
The two leaders pledged to work together, however, in the pursuit of a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
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Washington (CNN) – Can Democrats and Republicans agree on terms to increase the amount of money the federal government is allowed to borrow, before Washington defaults on its financial obligations?
That question - dry perhaps, but important to your bottom line - will take center stage once again Thursday as President Barack Obama meets behind closed doors at the White House with Senate Republicans.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats planned to open debate Wednesday on legislation to cut $21 billion in subsidies from big oil companies and use the money to reduce the federal debt - a move designed to put Republicans on the defensive and capitalize on public anger over rising gas prices.
The bill has virtually no chance of winning congressional approval. Analysts believe, however, that Democrats will try to use the issue to their political advantage in both the run-up to the 2012 elections and the ongoing fight to increase to the amount of money the federal government is allowed to borrow before Washington defaults on its financial obligations.
Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would extend funding for the federal government by another two weeks - through March 18 - while cutting $4 billion from current spending levels.
The bill was approved in a 335-91 vote. Republicans overwhelmingly backed the measure while Democrats were sharply divided.
Washington (CNN) - The 112th Congress is set to convene Wednesday as Republicans officially take charge of the House of Representatives for the first time in four years and dramatically change Washington's political landscape.
Democrats will maintain control of the Senate, but with a smaller majority.
(CNN) - Republican Linda McMahon is trying to seize the offensive in the hotly contested Connecticut Senate race, unveiling a new ad slamming Democratic state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal over distortions in his Vietnam service record.
The new ad, which will air statewide, made its on-line debut only hours before the two candidates are scheduled square off in their first debate. It raises questions about Blumenthal's credibility as a politician.
(CNN) - Republicans may be inching closer to a key Senate pickup in the swing state of Colorado.
Republican nominee Ken Buck now leads appointed Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet by 8 points among likely voters, 50 to 42 percent according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
Six percent of likely voters remain undecided, while 2 percent are backing someone else.
(CNN) – More bad news for Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold.
Feingold, a three-term Democrat, now trails Republican businessman Ron Johnson by 7 points among likely voters, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
Fifty-two percent of likely voters are backing Johnson, while 45 percent support Feingold. Three percent remain undecided.