Washington (CNN) - House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi told a summit of female activists she believes Republicans are engaged in a war on women and women's rights.
"There is actually a war on women," the minority leader told several hundred activists attending the Women Money Power Summit sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation. "Abortion is one issue but contraception and family planning and birth control are opposed by this crowd too. Understand what is at risk here," Pelosi said, referring to proposals promoted by the new House Republican leadership.
Washington (CNN) - Preparations for repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bans openly gay people from the military have gone better than expected so far, military leaders told a House committee Thursday.
"I've been looking for issues, but honestly we haven't seen it," said Gen. James Amos, the U.S. Marine Corps commandant who was perhaps the most resistant of the military chiefs to the repeal measure passed by Congress in December.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A government shutdown may sound like an abstract idea, but at the end of the day it affects actual places and actual people.
CNN Radio's Lisa Desjardins takes a look at what happens if the government shuts down and how it affects different areas of the country.
Washington (CNN) - If the federal government shuts down come Friday, House Speaker John Boehner may be in for quite a mess at his Washington, D.C. residence if some Facebook users have their way.
A Facebook event, entitled "If Boehner shuts down the government I am taking my trash to his house," has popped up and is gaining steam as the shutdown showdown ramps up on Capitol Hill. If the federal government shuts down, one of the District's services that will stop is trash pickup.
(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday afternoon that Democrats and Republicans have not yet reached a budget agreement. But "we continue to have productive conversations," he said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, indicated that he and Boehner would return to the White House at 7 p.m. for additional talks.
(CNN) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a one-week government funding bill Thursday that cuts spending by $12 billion and funds the Pentagon for the remainder of the current fiscal year.
The measure is not expected to clear the Democratic-controlled Senate. President Barack Obama has promised to veto the measure if it reaches him because of the programs it would cut.
Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin is getting more bad polling news: her unfavorable rating has reached an all time high in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey.
According to the new poll released Wednesday, 53 percent of all Americans say they hold a negative or very negative view of the former Alaska governor while only 25 percent give Palin high marks.
(CNN) - CNN has learned that the first furlough notices are being sent out to congressional staffers, explaining to them whether they are considered essential or non-essential — and if they would be expected to come to work in case there is a government shutdown.
See the full announcement here.