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CNN: House Republicans plan another health care repeal vote
House Republicans are planning a vote Wednesday on repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law, even though they know the measure has no chance of winning Senate approval. The vote will be latest in a series of dozens of House GOP efforts to undermine the 2010 Affordable Care Act, including previous votes to repeal the measure or cut funding for various provisions. Even when passed by the House, the measures have mostly died in the Democratic-led Senate.
CNN: House Ethics Committee launches inquiry of Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley
The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it is launching a formal investigation of Nevada Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley, a seven-term House member who is running for a U.S. Senate seat. Berkley is facing questions about whether her efforts to block a federal agency from closing a kidney transplant center at a Las Vegas hospital conflicted with congressional ethics rules. Her husband, Dr. Larry Lehrner, is a nephrologist and had a contract with the University Medical Center.
CNN: Obama to call for Bush tax cut extensions for lower-income Americans
President Barack Obama is expected to call on Congress to pass a one-year extension on the Bush tax cuts for people earning less than $250,000 a year. A White House official said Obama will make the announcement Monday at the Rose Garden, surrounded by working people. In addition, a campaign official said the campaign will "amplify the president's message on middle-class tax cuts" by hosting a series of events in battleground states all week across the country.
CNN: Poll: Obama holds slight edge over Romney in swing states
A new poll released Sunday indicates the presidential race between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama is still tight in a dozen major battlegrounds. According to the latest survey by USA Today/Gallup, the president has a small advantage over his Republican rival, 47% to 45%, in 12 key states. The two-point margin falls well within the poll's sampling error.
CNN: Romney's June fund-raising tops $100 million
Mitt Romney's campaign said Thursday they had a behemoth fund-raising month in June, bringing in more than $100 million, two Republican sources confirmed. The amount, which includes money raised by the campaign along with the Republican National Committee, far surpasses his May fund-raising haul of $77 million.
CNN: Sununu to Romney camp: Keep it simple
A fellow Republican former governor offered some advice on Thursday to the Romney campaign in light of a scathing Wall Street Journal editorial that suggests the front runner's campaign is proving ineffective. When CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked former New Hampshire governor and high profile Romney surrogate John Sununu if he had any advice for the candidate, Sununu said that his own party should be more concise, using more “declarative sentences.”
CNN: Some states not changing course amid rising tide of health care reform
Repeal and replace - or at least resist - is the Republican mantra in the wake of last week's Supreme Court ruling upholding President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law. Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney promises to get rid of Obamacare if elected, and at least four Republican governors say their states will hold off implementing main provisions of the 2010 law to see what happens in November.
CNN: Romney calls health care mandate a 'tax,' contradicts top aide
Mitt Romney said the federal health care reform mandate constitutes a "tax" Wednesday, contradicting the way a senior adviser to his campaign characterized his position earlier this week. But the similar individual mandate and fee he signed into law when governor of Massachusetts is not a tax, he said in a separate interview, citing the Supreme Court's decision last Thursday.
CNN: RNC chairman: I'm not the GOP police
Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, said in a Tuesday interview that he would not abandon GOP Rep. Allen West, who said on Sunday that President Barack Obama wanted Americans to be "slaves." "He does not want you to have the self-esteem of getting up and earning and having that title of American. He'd rather you be his slave," the Florida congressman said of Obama at a rally in Port St. Lucie, according to CNN affiliate WPTV.
CNN: Obama campaign rails against Romney over foreign investments
The campaigns for Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama played ping pong with political jibes Tuesday over a news report detailing Romney's overseas investments and bank accounts. Team Obama heavily pushed the article that appeared in the August issue of Vanity Fair, calling into question the lengths Romney went to in managing his finances and asking if the former private equity CEO was in violation of tax evasion.
CNN: IRS is 'easiest' enforcer of health care law, DNC chief says
The Internal Revenue Service is the "easiest, most basic way" of enforcing the health care law's fee for those who can afford to but choose not to get insurance but it is not a "tax," Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Monday.
CNN: NRA sends Democrats a message over Holder contempt vote
When the National Rifle Association decided to keep track of those House members on both sides of the aisle who voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress last week, it was also sending a message to a number of embattled Democratic congressmen seeking re-election in conservative districts in the fall. The message: Vote right, or we'll let your constituents know.
CNN: House leaders duel over health care repeal
The Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. House offered sharply divergent projections Sunday on President Barack Obama's health care law, which was deemed constitutional Thursday by the Supreme Court and which faces a repeal vote on Capitol Hill in just over a week.
CNN: Obama chief of staff: Time to get over debate
Jack Lew, the White House chief of staff, said Sunday the Supreme Court decision upholding President Barack Obama's health care measure should put to rest the national debate over the law's practicality. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Lew said the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010, needs to be fully implemented before Americans assess its merit, and that detractors of the law, including Obama's opponent in the 2012 presidential election, were using it to divide the country.
CNN: Emotions high after Supreme Court upholds health care law
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding the health care law championed by President Barack Obama reignited an intense debate, with Democrats celebrating millions of Americans getting access to insurance while Republicans railed against what they contend is a dangerous expansion of government.
CNN: House holds Holder in contempt
The House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for refusing to turn over documents tied to the botched Fast and Furious gun-running sting - a discredited operation that has become a sharp point of contention between Democrats and Republicans in Washington. The House approved a pair of criminal and civil measures against the attorney general, marking the first time in American history that the head of the Justice Department has been held in contempt by Congress.
CNN: Supreme Court set to make ruling on polarizing health care law
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule Thursday on the constitutionality of the sweeping health care law championed by President Barack Obama, in a hotly awaited decision that is bound to divide the country. The stakes cannot be overstated: what the justices decide will have an immediate and long-term impact on all Americans, both in how they get medicine and health care, and also in vast, yet unknown areas of "commerce."
CNN: House to vote on holding Attorney General Holder in contempt
The U.S. House will vote Thursday on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding documents involving the failed Fast and Furious weapons crackdown. "We're going to proceed," Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters Wednesday. "We've given them ample opportunity to reply."
CNN: Poll: Obama, Romney race still tight
President Barack Obama holds a slight advantage over his Republican rival Mitt Romney, according to a poll released Tuesday, though Americans' views on the economy continue to put a damper on the president's bid for a second term in the White House.
CNN: House GOP leaders to discuss deal on student loans
House GOP leaders are expected to discuss whether or not to extend a rate cut on student loans at a meeting Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, top Senate leaders from each party indicated they had reached an agreement but were waiting to hear whether House Republicans would accept the deal.