(CNN) - It's a cliche of American presidential politics - the president we elect is always a reaction to what came before. As in: Nixonian shenanigans eventually gave rise to Jimmy Carter's self-righteousness. Clintonesque parsing gave way to George W. Bush's plain speaking. Bush's plain speaking begat Barack Obama's lofty speechifying.
Oversimplified? Yes. But true nonetheless.FULL STORY
Updated 1:32 p.m. ET, 1/15/2014
(CNN) - In what may be a sign to come for the midterm elections, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, who faces a tough re-election battle this year, stayed far away from President Barack Obama's visit to her home state on Wednesday.
And Republicans didn't let the snub go unnoticed.
Washington (CNN) - Add another name to the growing roster of House members retiring at the end of the year rather than running for re-election.
Twelve-term Democrat Jim Moran of Virginia announced Wednesday that he plans to retire at the end of 2014.
(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he had no knowledge or involvement in the closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, and according to a new poll, most Garden State voters believe him.
A new Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday also indicates that a majority describe Christie as a "leader" rather than a "bully". And while the Republican governor, who's seriously considering a 2016 run for the White House, gets positive marks on his personal characteristics, his approval rating among New Jersey voters has slipped, and half of them say the bridge controversy has hurt his potential presidential bid.
(CNN) - It looks like Gov. Chris Christie may have a Bruce Springsteen problem.
Christie's music idol took the stage Tuesday on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" with the show's host to sing a parody about the bridge controversy surrounding the New Jersey governor.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama traveled to North Carolina Wednesday to announce another bid to revive America's manufacturing sector, a first step in his newly imposed "year of action" that avoids Congressional approval for measures to boost the economy.
“The pieces are there to restore some of the ground that the middle class has lost in recent decades, start raising wages for middle class families – but it requires us to take action. This has to be a year of action,” reaffirmed Obama.