(CNN) – The New York City showdown for mayor Wednesday night was Republican Joe Lhota’s last chance to turn the tide against his Democrat opponent Bill de Blasio.
The final debate before the Nov. 5 mayoral election covered a range of topics – from tax reform, to racial profiling, to how much each candidate spent on groceries per month.
(CNN) – "The list of harm goes on and on. It is time for this shutdown to end," said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaking on the Senate floor Saturday.
Collins called for compromise from Republicans, Democrats and President Barack Obama as she put forth a proposal she said would end the government shutdown.
As the shutdown effect’s spread, members of Congress have expounded on leadership and compromise as they search for a solution. But it seems that little progress has been made as the shutdown drags on late into its fifth day.
(CNN) – One of the more controversial fights in Washington, D.C. isn't over the budget or Obamacare. It's about a football team's name.
And now President Barack Obama is weighing in.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Obama said if he were the owner of the Washington Redskins, and he knew the name was "offending a sizable group of people," then he would "think about changing it."
WASHINGTON (CNN) – In his weekly address President Obama criticized Republicans for holding the U.S. democracy and economy "hostage." The President had strong words for House Republicans, who he is calling on to pass a budget to stop the government shutdown.
"Take that vote. Stop this farce. End this shutdown now," Obama said.
Obama also highlighted letters from constituents describing how the government shutdown is affecting the day-to-day lives of American citizens.
(CNN) - Two positions long held by elected officials in Boston and Alabama are up for grabs and the competition is fierce.
Voters in Boston are heading to the polls Tuesday and for the first time in 20 years they won't see Democratic Mayor Thomas Menino's name.
(CNN) - Not many politicians go to the Emmy's but this year at least one politician, although fictional, took the stage to accept an award.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her second consecutive best comedy actress Emmy for her role on HBO's "Veep."
(CNN) - After more than 30 years covering politics for NBC News, Phil Alongi left the network and quickly found himself on the other side of the game. Speaking with CNN Friday, Alongi was wrapping up in Tampa, Florida, having just produced the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Alongi says his role as executive producer of the RNC was in the works for a long time. He was first approached for the position shortly after he left NBC in February of 2009.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Both houses of the New Jersey legislature plan to vote Monday on a controversial bill backed by Democrats that would qualify illegal immigrants for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.
Supporters hope to pass the measure before Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine leaves office. Gov.-elect Christopher J. Christie, a Republican who takes office January 19, has said he opposes the bill.
On Thursday, a Senate vote on the legislation was postponed.
After hours of heated debate January 4, the bill passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee, 7-4, and the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, 8-6. Both votes were along party lines.