(CNN) - Not being in the picture at a Presidential bill signing is a move that may well speak a thousand words.
Standing alongside President Obama as he signed the bill extending the Bush-era tax cuts into law on Friday were several members of Congress including Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, among others.
(CNN) - While members of Congress are embroiled in an intense debate over whether or not to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, the president who ushered in the original passage of the legislation has a suggestion to expedite the process– lose the name.
"Well I wish they'd have called it something other than the 'Bush' tax cuts," Bush said during an interview on conservative radio host Scott Hennen' s radio show on Monday."And therefore there'd probably be less angst amongst some to pass it."
(CNN) - Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller's challenge in the Alaska Senate race now moves to the state Supreme Court where oral arguments are scheduled to begin on Friday, following a new appeal by Miller's campaign.
Miller on Monday filed to appeal a ruling by an Alaska superior court judge which denied his challenge of ballots awarded to Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who ran as a write-in candidate.
(CNN) -- Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday that Democrats "will need Republican support" to pass a tax package negotiated by President Obama with Republicans, though he declined to say whether he thinks the deal will pass the Senate.
In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Durbin, D-Illinois, said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has "promised" GOP backing on the deal to extend tax cuts.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama's senior adviser David Axelrod is adamant that the "don't ask, don't tell" policy will end.
During an interview with CNN Lead Political Anchor Wolf Blitzer in the Situation Room, Axelrod said of the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" provision, "This policy is gonna end."
(CNN) - Incumbent Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei has conceded the race for his House seat in New York's 25th Congressional district to Republican challenger Ann Marie Buerkle.
Buerkle's win gives Republicans a net gain of 63 seats in the House. It also makes New York the state with the most GOP House pickups– six districts changed sides in the 2010 midterms. Republicans picked up five seats in Ohio and Pennsylvania respectively.
Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden is weighing in on the controversy surrounding the soon-to-be former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, who was elected minority leader for the next Congress on Wednesday.
"I think she's a very, very effective and competent person. She gets things done. And it's easy to - you know, in this environment, to characterize someone," Biden said of Pelosi, in an interview with CNN anchor Larry King on Larry King Live.
Washington (CNN) - With the 2010 election's conclusion, conservative grass roots organizations like FreedomWorks are looking toward their next big hurdles– making sure elected officials keep their promises to reduce the deficit and lower taxes and, of course, winning big in the next major election in 2012.
As part of their effort to continue the conservative momentum which led Republicans to an unprecedented 60 seat gain to clinch the majority in the House of Representatives, FreedomWorks, founded by former Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey, is rolling out a new website aimed at empowering Tea Party-backed groups by providing supporters with the tools to connect with other local groups, find events and engage in discussions.
(CNN) - A new poll indicates that New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie might be on to something with his decision last month to slash funding for the nation's largest infrastructure project- the building of a new rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday found that New Jersey voters agreed with Christie's decision to eliminate the project by a 53 to 37 percent margin.
Washington (CNN) – Newly-minted Kentucky Republican Senator-elect Rand Paul is fighting a Wall Street Journal article that he says misquoted him as supporting the use of earmarks.
"I never, ever said I would earmark and I will not use the earmark," Paul said in an interview with CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room. "No matter what the Republican Caucus says or what anybody does, I will not put earmarks on bill."