(CNN) - There are about to be two Secretary Kerrys in the Obama administration - and they're brothers.
Cameron Kerry, the general counsel for the Commerce Department, is poised to become acting secretary of commerce when the current acting secretary steps down later this month.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden knows something about the expense of a college education, and, as he pointed out in Monday's University of Pennsylvania commencement address, he knows something about honorary degrees, too.
"As I was saying to my co-honorees today, this is a much cheaper way to get a degree, isn't it?" he asked to laughter.
(CNN) - Illinois legislators weren’t thinking about harmless flash mobs, like countless renditions of the Harlem Shake or over-the-top marriage proposals, when crafting new legislation recently.
A bill which passed the state assembly on Friday and the state Senate earlier would allow judges to "impose an extended term sentence" when new-age “mob action” involves "electronic communication."
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton called on Howard University's class of 2013 to create a world that does not leave behind individuals like the two young men accused of bombing the Boston Marathon last month.
"They were not as empowered as you were," he said at Saturday's commencement ceremonies.
Washington (CNN) - The top Democrat on the committee considering President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency indicated late Friday she may attempt to break an impasse over the nomination this week.
Republicans prevented a Thursday vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy, the assistant administrator of the agency, by boycotting a meeting of the Environment and Public Works committee. GOP members said their questions for McCarthy and the EPA have gone unanswered, a contention the White House disputed.
(CNN) - Rep. Peter King has his doubts the two young men accused of bombing the Boston Marathon last week launched their attack without some help.
“I just find it very hard to believe that two individuals such as this could have obtained the weapons, the explosives, put it all together, arranged this on their own,” the New York Republican said Thursday on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” “I believe that there were other people involved domestically, either as active conspirators or as facilitators who knew what was going on and said nothing and looked the other way.”FULL STORY
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden spoke Saturday about the loss of life this week at the Boston Marathon and the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, passionately explaining that news of one loss "brings home immediately, vividly the moment you learned of your loss."
After noting the deaths in Massachusetts and Texas, Biden recalled the December massacre at the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school, saying those instances showed the "incredible resilience, heroism, commitment and love of the people who responded to these tragedies."
(CNN) - As Boston celebrated the capture of a suspect in the marathon bombings Friday night, a debate erupted in Washington over whether military or civilian law would best handle Dzhokar Tsarnaev.
“This guy didn’t rob a liquor store. He wasn’t working for the Mafia,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said Saturday on Fox News. “My God, they were at war with us, we need to be at war within our values and within our laws.”
(CNN) - Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, became the second Republican senator not directly involved in negotiating a bipartisan background check measure to say she will support it, according to a report Saturday by NBC News.
She described the bill as a responsible compromise between two senators – Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia – who have strong ratings from the National Rifle Association, according to NBC. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, is expected to support the deal.
(CNN) - Just one week ago, former Sen. Scott Brown's suggestion his political future might lie not in Massachusetts but New Hampshire stirred speculation he might try to unseat a Democratic senator there in 2014.
But when Brown, a Republican, appeared in New Hampshire on Saturday - for another in a series of speaking invitations he has accepted there - he stressed his connections to the Granite State were about more than politics.