Washington (CNN) - Add Sen. Jeff Bingaman to the growing list of Democratic senators retiring after next year rather than run for re-election.
The four-term senator from New Mexico will announce later Friday that he will retire after his current term ends next year, a Democratic source confirms to CNN.
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.
No tea (party) for you!
Funnyman Chris Rock is known for some controversial takes on politics. His latest target is the Tea Party movement. In an interview with Esquire magazine, Rock equates Tea Partiers to kids, who he says always act up the most right before they go to sleep.
"They're going crazy. They're insane," he said. "You want to get rid of them - and the next thing you know, they're f-ing knocked out."
(CNN) - CNN confirms that Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico will announce later Friday that he will not run for re-election next year.
That will bring to 4 the number of Democratic senators not running for re-election next year.
(CNN) - Remember all that talk over the past week that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was thinking of running next year for the open Senate seat in her home state of Arizona?
Well, you can forget about it. The former Democratic governor of Arizona's apparently not interested.
(CNN) – She's making visits to all the crucial early-voting states, but Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won't run for president unless she feels a sense of "inner assurance."
Speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody, the Minnesota Republican and tea party favorite says prayer and reflection will ultimately drive her decision-making process.
Washington (CNN) - Conservative columnist Ann Coulter has made some enemies in her years as a right-wing firebrand, but she's still jealous of Sarah Palin's ability to agitate the left.
"I especially love her for her enemies, I'm insanely jealous of that," Coulter said last night on MSNBC. "I love her for how she makes liberal heads explode."
(CNN) - Tim Pawlenty will headline an inaugural policy summit being put on by one of the largest national tea party groups in the U.S.
Tea Party Patriots announced Friday morning that the former Minnesota governor and probable 2012 GOP presidential candidate will be the keynote speaker at their event, titled "American Policy Summit-Pathways to Liberty," which is being held February 25-27 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Washington (CNN) - Michele Bachmann may not have decided about a presidential run quite yet, but the Minnesota Republican is heaping praise on a critical early-voting state.
"We're live-free-or-die people," Bachmann told New Hampshire's WMUR on Thursday, evoking the Granite State's motto. "We love the state, we love the tax structure."
(CNN) – Tim Kaine spoke with President Obama earlier this week as he considers a potential Senate bid in Virginia, but the Democratic National Committee chairman is still a couple weeks away from making a final decision.
Kaine - a former Virginia governor whom Obama is reportedly lobbying to run for Senate in the wake of Democratic Sen. Jim Webb's retirement announcement – won't announce his plans until the end of February or early March, DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse said.
Washington (CNN) - After a long day on Capitol Hill, Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh checks into what's become the cheapest hotel in Washington – his own office.
His sofa is not exactly a king size bed. "I gotta be honest. It's horrible. The couch is very uncomfortable," Walsh said. "I've rolled off to a thud," added Walsh, an active sleeper.