(CNN) - When it comes to public relations, John Kerry can't seem to keep his head above water.
After initially denying the report, the State Department released a correction Friday morning acknowledging that the Secretary of State was indeed yachting on Wednesday, the day Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsy was overthrown by a coup staged by the Egyptian military.
Washington (CNN) – More than two-thirds of Americans don't believe that Congress will be able to work together to pass immigration reform, according to a new poll released Friday.
After months of talks and negotiations between the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators on immigration reform, a new Quinnipiac University poll indicates that only 24% of Americans are confident that Republicans and Democrats will be able to negotiate an immigration reform deal in the next year, while 71% believe that Congress will fail.
Washington (CNN) – Directly mentioning the Newtown, Connecticut shootings for the first time in a campaign ad, Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Ed Markey criticized his Republican opponent Gabriel Gomez for opposing gun-control legislation.
"Gomez is against battling assault weapons," the ad says. "And Gomez is against banning high-capacity magazines like the ones used in the Newtown school shooting."
Washington (CNN) – Speaking at the historically black Bowie State University commencement Friday, first lady Michelle Obama called out African American youth for not challenging themselves to excel in school while instead fantasizing about being a "baller or a rapper."
"Today, more than 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, more than 50 years after the end of Separate But Equal, when it comes to getting an education too many of our young people just can't be bothered," Obama said. "Today instead of walking miles every day to school they're sitting on couches for hours playing video games, watching TV instead of dreaming of being a teacher or lawyer or business leader they're fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper."
Washington (CNN) – The Internal Revenue Service's softball team, the "Cheetahs," were scheduled to play Republican Senator John Cornyn's softball on Friday. The Cheetah's backed out.
"We contacted them to confirm our game which was scheduled for tomorrow night, and they said they needed to reschedule," Cornyn's Press Secretary Drew Brandewie said. "Guess they needed an extension."
Washington (CNN) - Ed Markey disinvited former Georgia Congressman Ben Jones from performing at his fundraiser on Tuesday evening in Washington claiming that he did not know the former Dukes of Hazzard star supported the Confederate flag as a symbol of southern culture.
"Ed Markey only learned about Ben Jones' comments yesterday, he strongly disagrees with them and we asked Jones not to be part of last night's event. Ed believes such confederate relics are highly offensive, and should not be displayed in public settings, period," Markey's Senate Campaign spokesman Andrew Zucker said.
Washington (CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak announced an exploratory committee for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, with a campaign titled "Leadership for a Better America."
The Pennsylvania senatorial race is in 2016, making this an unusually early declaration, but Sestak said that the formation of the exploratory committee is not just for his Senate bid, but also to address problems that currently affect Pennsylvanians.
(CNN) - Mayors Against Illegal Guns advocacy group launched a new television ad on Thursday praising Republican Senator Pat Toomey for co-sponsoring an amendment to expand background checks in Pennsylvania
The organization is backed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and is focused on supporting gun control. They say that the Toomey television spot is a two-week, six-figure ad buy.
Washington (CNN) - Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal blocked a non-binding abortion resolution on Wednesday offered by Republican Senator Mike Lee saying, "This problem is broader than the issue cited in Senator Lee's resolution."
Introduced to the Senate on Monday, Lee said his resolution was in response to the trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who is accused by authorities of killing four babies born-alive during botched abortions. The measure calls for a review of abortion policies to prevent these sorts of incidents from occurring again.
Washington (CNN) - Bill Clinton offered no hints towards his wife’s speculated 2016 presidential run on Tuesday at the Pete Peterson Foundation annual fiscal summit laughing, “Hillary hasn’t mentioned it to me.”
Instead, the former president gave color to Hillary’s post-political life. He noted that the former first lady was enjoying her time writing books and taking an active role in their foundation, the William J. Clinton Foundation.