Washington (CNN) - The ink has barely dried on Rep. Jane Harman's letter to constituents notifying them she may resign from the House of Representatives, but one potential replacement has already announced her candidacy.
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, a Democrat, announced this afternoon that she will run for the vacant seat.
Washington (CNN) - Fresh off a media blitz promoting the paperback release of his book "No Apology," Mitt Romney told a conference call of 300 supporters that he would make an announcement about a presidential run "down the road," a Romney aide confirmed to CNN.
The call, which happened Friday, involved 300 friends and donors to his Political Action Committee: Free and Strong America.
Washington (CNN) - White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday that Friday will be his last day on the job. Gibbs announced his decision to leave in January. He will continue as an adviser to the president after he leaves the White House.
Jay Carney, the current communications director for Vice President Joe Biden, will succeed him at the podium.
Capitol Hill (CNN) - Let's get down to the main question: what the heck is going on with jobs?
Friday confused economists tweeted in question marks as the Labor Department reported both that the unemployment rate plummeted in January (from 9.4 percent to 9 percent) and that job creation barely has a pulse (just 36,000 jobs created, a figure that usually corresponds to an increase in unemployment).
In this week's American Sauce, we are not content to be confused. We look at exactly what's going on with jobs and what's generating these conflicting numbers.
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.
Tonight's (not) going to be a good night for ...
President Obama, that's who.
During Sunday's Super Bowl XLV halftime show featuring the Black Eyed Peas, singer will.i.am lashed out at the president dent in the hit song "Where Is the Love?"
Washington (CNN) - A conservative group that hopes to find a consensus candidate to launch a primary challenge against Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana says it welcomes the announcement that the state treasurer will mount a bid to oust the longtime Republican lawmaker.
"Hoosiers for Conservative Senate are pleased to learn that Senator Lugar will be challenged in the May 2012 primary," says Greg Fettig, one of the organization's founders. "We welcome State Treasurer Mourdock into the race and wish him success and look forward to the likely entrance of others into the race.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Jane Harman will retire from Congress and head the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, three Democratic sources familiar with Harman's plans confirm to CNN.
Harman, who served in Congress from 1993-1999 and then from 2001 until the present, is expected to take the top post at the Washington think tank being vacated by former Rep. Lee Hamilton. It is not clear when Harman will officially resign from Congress, but she will not serve out the rest of her term, one Democratic source says.
(CNN) – Fresh off putting Jeb Bush on the cover of his magazine this week, National Review Editor Rich Lowry is now actively urging the younger brother of the former president to seek the White House himself - now.
Writing on the National Review’s website Monday, Lowry says it’s now or never for the popular former Florida governor who has already explicitly ruled at a 2012 bid, saying waiting four years will risk diminishing his legacy while a bumper crop of new Republican leaders emerge.
(CNN) - Tim Pawlenty's back in Iowa Monday, kicking off a presidential lecture series hosted by the Family Leader, an influential pro-family social conservative group in the state that goes first in the presidential caucus and primary calendar.
A release by the Family Leader says that the former Minnesota governor and probable Republican White House hopeful "will deliver a 25-minute pro-family lecture."
Washington (CNN) - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a potential presidential candidate, is taking to the pages of the Wall Street Journal Monday to zero in on the healthcare law, one of the signature fiscal issues that wrangle the GOP rank-and-file and Republican leaders alike.
Daniels, a favorite for president among some members of the GOP because of his no-nonsense style, economic credentials and record of cutting spending in Indiana, writes the new law is a "massive mistake" that could decimate state budgets.