Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a Democratic measure championed by President Barack Obama to end tax breaks for the major oil companies.
The procedural vote of 51-47, which failed to reach the needed threshhold of 60, killed the measure, which was given little chance of eventually winning approval in the Republican-controlled House. Four Democrats opposed the bill while one Republican supported it.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Suddenly facing new questions about the strength of his candidacy, GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney indicated Wednesday he's prepared to wage a more aggressive campaign against Rick Santorum, the surprise winner of all three of Tuesday's Republican contests.
"We think we can beat Sen. Santorum where we compete head-to-head in an aggressive way, and we obviously didn't do that in Colorado or Minnesota to the extent that (Santorum's) campaign did," Romney told reporters.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday as part of an ongoing - and so far unsuccessful - effort to resolve a partisan standoff over how best to extend the expiring payroll tax cut, according to the White House.
A two-month extension passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support by the Democratic-controlled Senate "is the only option to ensure that middle class families aren't hit with a tax hike in 10 days and gives both sides the time needed to work out a full year solution," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The congressional impasse over extending the payroll tax cut became a showdown Tuesday between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.
After the Republican-controlled House passed a measure calling for more negotiations, Boehner made public a letter to Obama that urged him to order the Senate back from its holiday break to take part in further talks.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Monday morning he expects the GOP-controlled House of Representatives to reject the Senate's two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and instead pass a measure by the end of the day reinforcing the need for a one-year continuation.
The speaker said he wants the issue to be taken up by a House-Senate conference committee - something which would require the Democratic-controlled Senate to return from its holiday break.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - One of the women who accused Republican presidential contender Herman Cain of sexual harassment released a statement through her lawyer Friday stating that she "stands by" her complaint, which was made "in good faith about a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances."
There was "more than one incident" of harassment involving Cain and his client over the span of a couple of months in 1999, attorney Joel Bennett said.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - One of the women who reportedly accused Republican presidential contender Herman Cain of sexual harassment was close to reaching an agreement Friday that would let her issue her first public statement on what happened, according to her lawyer.
The controversy has dominated Cain's front-running campaign for the past week. A defiant Cain insists he will not let the issue deter him.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - "A true conservative."
The heading atop Texas Gov. Rick Perry's biography on his campaign website sums up the key issue of the race for the Republican presidential nomination five months before the expected start of the 2012 primary season.
With the right-wing tea party movement playing the most dynamic role in the campaign so far, the GOP competition comes down to which of the handful of die-hard conservative candidates will emerge to battle initial front-runner Mitt Romney for the nomination.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called on lawmakers Wednesday to overcome the "selfish" norms of politics and "do their job" in order to strike a deal on raising the federal government's current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by the start of August.
People shouldn't get "spooked," but "the yellow light is flashing," he warned. "This is urgent."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Despite mounting pressure from Democratic colleagues to resign over the sexting scandal that dominated the headlines this week, embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner insists he's staying in office.
Among other things, the New York congressman can point to a Marist College poll released Thursday showing that a majority of registered voters in his district - 56% - don't believe he should step down. Only 33% believe he should go.FULL STORY