(CNN) - Painting herself as a "constitutional conservative" Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told Sen. Jim DeMint's forum Monday that if elected president she would look to get rid of the Department of Education, among other things.
"Because the Constitution does not specifically enumerate nor does it give to the federal government the role and duty to superintend over education that historically has been held by the parents and by local communities and by state governments," she said, responding to a question by DeMint, a popular figure among the tea party movement.
Washington (CNN) - "Get the hell off the beach."
That was the order New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave residents on Friday as Hurricane Irene, still hundreds of miles away, churned in the Atlantic Ocean, projected to hit his state.
(CNN) – If polls were right early in the 2008 primaries, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani would have sailed on to become the Republican nominee for president.
That clearly didn't happen.
Washington (CNN) - As the Broadway musical "Anything Goes" says, "It's always darkest just before they turn on the lights."
Recent polls confirm that the country is desperately looking for those lights amid continuing economic malaise. But positive signs are hard to find
Washington (CNN) - By all measures, Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are worlds apart when it comes to their politics. But there's at least one thing solidifying their relationship.
"Both are institutionalists at heart," said Jim Manley, a former spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Reid, a Nevada Democrat. "They come from completely different ideologies but both have the respect from their caucus." He added that while they're not the best of friends, their bond is strong.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner is in a tough position: between a rock and a hard place, wedged squarely into a corner.
On one side, he has President Obama painting him as a stubborn teenager who is unwilling to meet halfway on the debt ceiling.
Washington (CNN) - Some Democrats have had it - at least when it comes to reports of what's in a $3 trillion deal being shepherded by President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.
At issue: large spending cuts on the table that include entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security, among other things.
Washington (CNN) - A leading anti-tax-increase crusader says he doesn't think that letting Bush-era tax breaks expire is violation of a no-tax-increase pledge. So do Republicans now have a way out of the debt ceiling deadlock?
Democrats sure seemed to think so Thursday.
Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has been a thorn in Democrats' side when it comes to the debt ceiling talks.
He has shown an unwillingness, critics argue, to agree to a deal that includes both spending cuts and raising revenue through tax loopholes - two things Obama has called for.
Washington (CNN) - Veteran Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel made an impassioned plea to religious leaders Friday, calling on them to lobby members of Congress and the Obama administration to remember the "lesser of my brothers and sisters" during this weekend's debt negotiations.
"What would Jesus do this weekend? Or Moses. Or Allah. Or anyone else," the New York congressman said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. "I don't want this book (debt negotiations) closed without the clergy having an opportunity to forcefully express themselves as well as I know they can do."