(CNN) - Illinois is now poised to become the 15th state to allow same-sex marriage after legislation passed both houses of the state's General Assembly on Tuesday.
The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he will sign it.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's renewed effort to sell his health care law will take him to the heart of Republican Texas on Wednesday, where he'll hit the state's GOP leaders for rejecting a key facet of the Affordable Care Act that could extend coverage to millions of uninsured Texans.
Obama's trip to Dallas comes amid a fresh attempt by the administration to encourage Americans to sign up for the law's health care exchanges, which officially opened for enrollment on October 1. That effort has been stymied as the website where people can enroll was brought down with technical problems.
(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul took responsibility Tuesday for instances of plagiarism exposed in his speeches and writings, saying his office has been "sloppy" and pledging to add footnotes to all of his future material.
"Ultimately I'm the boss, and things go out under my name, and so it is my fault," Paul said on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.
Here are results of CNN's early exit polls conducted on Tuesday in New Jersey and Virginia:
How do Virginia and New Jersey voters feel about the economy? Not great. In both states, 87% of voters are worried about the direction of the economy. And in New Jersey, nearly six in 10 voters think the economy is either not so good or poor.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 5, 2013| 5 p.m.
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IT’S ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA
CHRIS CHRISTIE AIMING FOR HISTORY, WANTS TO BREAK 50%:
JAKE TAPPER: Every poll has you leading significantly what will you be happy with?
CHRIS CHRISTIE: Well, breaking that record I mean, Christie Whitman was elected twice here and never broke 50 percent.
Washington (CNN) – The Council of the District of Columbia approved a measure on Tuesday that urged the Washington Redskins football team to drop the word "Redskins" from its name because it is "objectionable to many Americans who consider it to be racist and derogatory."
Ten of the 13 council members voted yes, two were not in attendance and one - Yvette Alexander - voted present. Not a single vote against the measure was cast.
Washington (CNN) – The repeated vow from President Barack Obama that those who like their health insurance can keep it may be causing the administration grief – but it can't be changed now, Obama's press secretary conceded Tuesday.
"The President, as awesomely powerful as the office is, can't go back in time," Jay Carney said at his daily press briefing when asked by CNN whether Obama would "use those same words again."
Updated 3:45 p.m. ET, 11/5/2013
Washington (CNN) – Former Clinton emergency management official and Arkansas native James Lee Witt announced Tuesday he will run for Congress.
Witt, a Democrat and former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during Bill Clinton's administration, will seek to represent the Fourth Congressional District, where he lives and which covers the southwest area of the state.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's nearing his all-time low approval rating in Gallup polling.
According to Gallup's latest daily tracking poll, which was conducted Saturday through Monday and released Tuesday afternoon, 39% of Americans approve of the job the President's doing in the White House, with 53% saying they disapprove.
Watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET for our exclusive, sit-down interview with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Sayreville, New Jersey (CNN) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney called him immediately when news broke that someone had leaked details about last year's vice presidential vetting process.
"Mitt called me right away, and I could tell he was really embarrassed and outraged about it," Christie said Tuesday in an exclusive interview with CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper.FULL STORY