(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Ed Markey will win Tuesday's special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts and serve the remainder of fellow Democrat John Kerry's term, CNN projects.
Markey defeated GOP businessman and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The Texas legislature's special session ended in chaos and confusion early Wednesday, with uncertainty lingering over whether lawmakers had voted on a bill that would have greatly restricted abortions in the state.
Well after a midnight deadline, it wasn't clear if the legislation had been voted on and whether it had passed. Senators could be seen talking on the Senate floor.
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis tried Tuesday to block the abortion bill by attempting a 13-hour filibuster, but appeared to fall short after 10 hours when the chairman ruled she had gone off topic.
Updated 2:15amFULL STORY
(CNN) - In his first television ad for the special U.S. Senate race in New Jersey, Newark Mayor Cory Booker highlights his record and tells voters he doesn't run from challenges, but "toward them."
"Washington ducks our problems," he says, looking directly into the camera. "I won't."
(CNN) - A little more than a month after entering New York City’s high-profile mayoral race, Anthony Weiner has inched ahead for the first time in the crowded Democratic primary, a new poll indicates.
The former congressman has support among 25% of registered Democrats, with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the longtime front-runner in the race, coming in at 20%, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal, NBC New York and Marist.
(CNN) - Longtime congressman and veteran civil rights icon John Lewis said the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act dealt a major blow to minorities in the United States.
"It is awful, it's a sad day, I never thought that I would see the day when the U.S. Supreme Court would put a dagger in the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965," he said Tuesday on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.
(CNN) - With the Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday on the Voting Rights Act, Mississippi and Texas announced they're ready to move forward with their controversial voter identification laws.
Eleven states in the past two years have approved laws that would require voters to show identification at voting booths. But Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act required some of those states with a history of voter discrimination to get "precleared" by the federal government before making any changes to voting laws.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 25, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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OBAMA WALKS THE LINE ON KEYSTONE: President Barack Obama made clear on Tuesday that the State Department should approve the Keystone XL pipeline only if it will not increase overall greenhouse gas emissions. On the sensitive prospect of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline, Obama said it would only come about if its development would be in the nation's best interest. – Ashley Killough
REPUBLICANS SEES ROAD TO APPROVAL: “The standard the president set today should lead to speedy approval of the Keystone pipeline,” said Brendan Buck, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner. “Based on the lengthy review by the State Department, construction of the pipeline would not have a significant environmental impact. It’s time to sign off on Keystone and put Americans to work.”
(CNN) - At an outdoor event at Georgetown University, the president gets comfortable, much to the delight of the audience.
Washington (CNN) - New disclosures that the Internal Revenue Service targeted liberals as well as conservatives in assessing applications for tax-exempt status have reshaped perceptions of the scandal, shifting the focus away from Republican claims of political villainy.
Investigations by the FBI, congressional committees, the Treasury inspector general's office and the IRS continue, but Monday's revelations bolstered assertions by agency officials and Democrats that the problem was egregious mismanagement instead of intentional misconduct by the Obama administration.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama made clear on Tuesday that the State Department should approve the Keystone XL pipeline only if it will not increase overall greenhouse gas emissions, and he unveiled a plan for new limits on pollution from coal-fired power plants.
Obama raised the two politically charged issues during an address on second-term environmental priorities that included a plan of executive action, a pledge to lead globally and an appeal for Americans to redouble efforts to combat climate change.FULL STORY