Washington (CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio declared the last 50 years in the war on poverty a failure on Wednesday, drawing a considerable line between his view on how to fight poverty and those of his Democratic colleagues.
In his policy address, which fell on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's call for an "all-out war on human poverty," Rubio bashed Democratic proposals to raise the minimum wage and lobbied for the states, not the federal government, to control anti-poverty programs.
Updated 7:39 p.m. ET, 1/8/2014
(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio was for the nomination of Judge William Thomas, before he was against him.
Thomas was President Barack Obama's pick for a vacant federal judicial seat in Florida, Rubio's home state. The White House has now pulled the nomination, according to an administration official.
Washington (CNN) - As new developments in the Chris Christie-George Washington Bridge controversy started making headlines on Wednesday, Democratic reaction came at a rapid fire pace.
The Democratic National Committee fired off multiple e-mails to political reporters, attacking New Jersey's Republican governor, who's considered a likely contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
Updated 8:15 p.m. ET, 1/8/2014
Washington (CNN) – Two longtime House Democrats–Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York and Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina–announced Wednesday they won't seek re-election in November.
Their decisions bring the total number of House Democratic retirements to three. On the other side of the aisle, nine House Republicans have announced they're retiring after 2014.
(CNN) - Anthony Weiner is stepping back into the political scene–well, at least the fictional political scene.
The former Congressman will make an appearance in the season finale Friday of the Amazon original series "Alpha House," a spokesman for the show confirmed Wednesday.
(CNN) – Utah will not recognize the hundreds of same-sex marriages that were temporarily allowed by a federal judge's ruling but before the Supreme Court issued an injunction, the state announced Wednesday.
Officials say more than a thousand marriage licenses between gay and lesbian couples were issued in the 17 days between the initial ruling and the high court's Monday order blocking enforcement.
(CNN) - E-mails emerged on Wednesday purportedly from top aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that bolster the case that access lane closures to the George Washington Bridge were borne from a political vendetta against opponents of the governor, and were not the result of an incompetent traffic study as his administration claimed.
"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's deputy chief of staff for legislative and intergovernmental affairs, e-mailed David Wildstein, then the highest-level political appointee representing the state at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts hasn't launched another bid for the Senate, but he's already being targeted in negative television ads.
The Senate Majority PAC, a group that works to keep the upper chamber in Democratic hands, launched a new spot Wednesday that blasts Brown as he considers a Senate bit from the neighboring state of New Hampshire.
Updated 4:42 p.m. ET, 1/8/2014
Washington (CNN) – The president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce vowed Wednesday that 2014 will be the year his organization pulls "out all of the stops" to pass immigration reform, pledging that the Chamber will turn the 2014 midterm elections "into a motivation for change."
"We're determined to make 2014 the year that immigration reform is finally enacted," Donohue said at his 2014 State of American Business address. "The Chamber will pull out all the stops – through grassroots lobbying, communications, politics and partnerships with unions, faith organization, law enforcement and other – to get it done."
(CNN) - The percentage of Americans who identify themselves as political independents is at an all-time high and the number who identify as Republicans is at an all-time low, according to new numbers by Gallup.
Forty-two percent of Americans identified themselves as independents last year, the highest level Gallup's measured since it switched from in-person to telephone interviews a quarter century ago.FULL STORY