Post Politics: September, 2013

Posted at 07:04 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Obama to nominate former Romney adviser Chen to federal board

Obama intends to nominate Lanhee J. Chen, who attacked Obama’s Social Security plans during the 2012 campaign, to the Social Security Advisory Board.

By Philip Rucker  |  07:04 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Obama: ‘I shouldn’t have to offer anything’

“They’re not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do,” Obama tells NPR.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:24 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government Shutdown

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Nunes calls fellow House Republicans ‘Lemmings with suicide vests’

The California Republican had choice words for those willing to see the government shut down over Obamacare.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  05:11 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government Shutdown

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Senate rejects House spending measure

The Senate effectively rejects the House-passed spending measure.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:48 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Rick Perry’s wife calls abortion a ‘woman’s right’

The first lady of Texas draws attention with a comment about abortion.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:07 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 09/30/2013

McConnell floats one-week funding plan

Senate Republicans are talking about quickly passing a one-week continuing resolution to keep the government funded.

By Ed O'Keefe and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  01:41 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Obama says he’s not ‘resigned’ to a shutdown

President Obama says he’s not resigned to a shutdown.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  01:33 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 09/30/2013

One thing Obamacare offers: funny videos

“Funny or Die” is producing a few videos to encourage consumers to log onto www.healthcare.gov.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  11:51 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 09/30/2013

CNN, NBC scrap plans for Hillary Clinton programs

A Clinton documentary that had sparked criticism is not going to happen.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:49 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Spencer Bachus won’t seek reelection

Alabama Republican has been in office since 1993.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:54 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Poll: GOP would bear more blame for shutdown

The CNN/Opinion Research poll shows 46 percent of Americans say they would blame the GOP, while 36 percent would blame Obama.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:14 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 09/29/2013

McCarthy: House would take aim at Obamacare again if Senate rejects spending bill

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:37 PM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 09/29/2013

Sen. Dick Durbin expecting government shutdown

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday he expects a government shutdown, a prospect for which he blamed Republicans.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:28 PM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 09/29/2013

Rand Paul calls for conference committee

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:53 AM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 09/29/2013

Bill Clinton: ‘Way too many caucuses’ in presidential nominating process

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:32 AM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 09/29/2013

Ted Cruz calls for Senate to return immediately

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:19 AM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 09/29/2013

Bill Clinton: Obama right not to negotiate on debt ceiling

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:59 AM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 09/27/2013

WH: Yes, we noticed @HassanRouhani’s Twitter feed

The White House was reading when Iran President Hassan Rouhani posted a Twitter message about his phone conversation with President Obama.

By David Nakamura  |  05:42 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  iran

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Biden to campaign for Cory Booker

The Vice President will stump for the front-running Senate contender.

By Sean Sullivan  |  04:20 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Obama to GOP: ‘Knock it off’

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  04:10 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government Shutdown

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Mitt Romney: Don’t shut down the government, listen to Joe Manchin

Mitt Romney said Friday that he disagrees with members of his party who are trying to use the threat of a government shutdown to strip funding from Obamacare.

By Jeff Simon  |  02:57 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 09/27/2013

GOP Sen. Richard Burr: Cruz’s filibuster strategy ‘the height of hypocrisy’

“Filibustering such a bill is not only the height of hypocrisy, but also lays bare for the world the hollowness of this so-called strategy,” Burr tweets.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:23 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Gore accuses GOP of ‘political terrorism’

Gore called the GOP’s defund Obamacare strategy a “despicable and dishonorable threat to the United States of America“

By Aaron Blake and Karen Tumulty  |  10:51 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Abortion-rights groups challenge controversial Texas law in federal court Friday

The lawsuit challenges two aspects of a antiabortion law, which limits access to both surgical and medication abortions in the state.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:35 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Red-state Democratic Gov. Beshear embraces Obamacare

At least one red-state Democrat is giving his full-throated support to President Obama’s health-care law.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:26 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Senate chaplain: ‘Lord, deliver us from governing by crisis’

With four days left until a possible federal shutdown, the prayer delivered Friday was especially timely.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:42 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Senate

Posted at 08:05 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Top White House aide: GOP acting like someone with ‘a bomb strapped to their chest’

“What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest,” White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said on CNN.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:05 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Flake to miss spending vote on Friday

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:37 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Senate Republicans

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Cruz, Corker clash on Senate floor

Clash between two Senate Republicans considered unprecedented by veteran observers.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:02 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Obamacare, Senate Republicans

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Wendy Davis tells fellow Democrats she will run for Texas governor

After attracting national attention this summer for fighting a sweeping antiabortion bill in her state, Davis began considering a statewide political bid

By Juliet Eilperin  |  04:43 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wendy Davis

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Chris Christie: I’m not a bully

Christie also said in an interview with CBS News that he considered leaving politics after losing two elections in the mid-1990s.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:20 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 09/26/2013

House candidate backs government shutdown in ad featuring Ted Cruz

“To defund Obamacare, we must defeat the political establishment, even if it means shutting down government,” state Rep. Jay Morris says.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:03 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan on the current state of play

Republican governors have been mostly reluctant to weigh in on the budgetary standoff in Washington. On Thursday, Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.) offered a gloomy assessment of the drama unfolding now in the capital and the consequences of a possible government shutdown.

By Dan Balz  |  03:43 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Capuano won’t run for Massachusetts governor

The Democratic congressman is staying put.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:42 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Governor's races

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Harry Reid clarifies, calls repealing medical device tax ‘stupid’

Senate leader clarifies comments made earlier in the day that suggested he didn’t like the tax. Not so, says a spokesman.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:52 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Obamacare

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Hillary Clinton to raise money for de Blasio

De Blasio’s campaign announced Thursday that Clinton will raise money for him sometime next month.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:45 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Immigration advocates announce plans for demonstrations across country

By David Nakamura  |  01:33 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Democratic Sen. Manchin wants one-year delay on individual mandate

The West Virginia senator said it would be a “fair” compromise.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:12 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Shelley Berkley rips her 2012 Senate campaign team

“If I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t let these people run my bathwater,” the Nevada Democrat said.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:53 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Tea party membership on the decline

While the tea party label isn’t as big a force in American politics, though, its ideals remain very popular in today’s GOP.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:02 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  tea party

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Poll: Americans disagree with Obama’s call for ‘clean’ debt limit increase

Sixty-one percent disapprove of Congress passing a debt limit increase that doesn’t include spending cuts.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:55 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt limit

Posted at 10:58 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Eclectic scenes from Clinton Global Initiative’s awards gala

By Philip Rucker  |  10:58 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Bill Clinton pitches Chelsea Clinton for president

“She knows more than we do about everything,” Bill Clinton says.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:35 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Nevada GOP leader: 2014 a good year for GOP because minorities won’t vote

“A lot of minorities and a lot of younger people will not turn out in a non-presidential -- it’s a great year for Republicans.“

By Aaron Blake  |  03:47 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Obama didn’t watch any of Cruz’s speech

In response to the speech, Carney didn’t directly address Cruz’s strategy.

By Aaron Blake and Scott Wilson  |  01:51 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ted Cruz

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Alan Simpson: Lynne Cheney told me to ‘shut up’

The Cheneys dispute the acccount.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:58 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Harry Reid calls Cruz’s 21-hour speech a ‘big waste of time’

“With all due respect, I’m not sure we learned anything new,” Reid said after Cruz’s speech ended.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:44 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 09/25/2013

TRANSCRIPT: Ted Cruz’s marathon speech

So what exactly has Ted Cruz been talking about for the last 21 hours?

By Aaron Blake  |  11:35 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ted Cruz

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Hillary Clinton to lead review of progress for women since 1995 Beijing conference

Hillary Rodham Clinton said that she will lead a “full and clear-eyed” review of the advances made for worldwide women’s equality and the obstacles that remain as the 20th anniversary of the historic Beijing women’s conference draws near.

By Philip Rucker  |  11:23 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Senior WH official: Government shutdown won’t stop Obamacare rollout

Americans will be able to sign up on Oct. 1 for Obamacare even under a government shutdown, a White House official said.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:22 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Poll: 74 percent concerned shutdown would impact them personally

Another 62 percent think it’s “likely” that their personal financial situation will worsen.

By Aaron Blake  |  07:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown

Posted at 11:40 PM ET, 09/24/2013

A bird’s eye view of Ted Cruz

A review of what reporters can see but the cameras can’t.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:40 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Obamacare, Senate Republicans

Posted at 10:34 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Byrne to face Young in Alabama special election runoff

Alabama’s 1st district GOP primary is headed to a runoff.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:34 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Lawmakers react to Cruz’s marathon speech on Twitter

A sampling of the reaction to Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) filibuster from fellow members of Congress on Twitter.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:39 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Hillary Clinton says electing a woman president ‘would be a very strong statement’

If attendees of the Clinton Global Initiative thought Hillary Clinton might announce her 2016 candidacy right here and now, they were disappointed.

By Philip Rucker  |  04:14 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Obama won’t meet with Iranian president at U.N., after Iranians balk

“There will be no meeting,” one official said.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:42 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Hillary Clinton says government shutdown ‘wouldn’t be the worst thing for Democrats’

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that if a “noisy minority” of Republican lawmakers force a government shutdown over funding for President Obama’s signature health-care law, they would face negative political consequences.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:18 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Cruz launches extended remarks in opposition to Obamacare

Sen. Ted Cruz began an attempt to at least slow debate over a short-term spending measure Tuesday afternoon by announcing that he would be speaking against the new federal health-care law, "until I am no longer able to stand."

By Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane  |  02:56 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, Congress, Obamacare

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Club for Growth sticks by Ted Cruz on Obamacare, will score cloture vote

The conservative group backs Cruz in the CR debate.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:40 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 09/24/2013

After FEC inquiry, ‘Stand with Rand’ PAC says it backs Ayn Rand, not Rand Paul

The FEC had said that it cannot use a politician’s name unless that politicians authorizes it.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:48 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Blunt opposes Cruz’s ‘Defund Obamacare’ filibuster

“I will vote to begin debate on this bill and move to final passage on the House-passed CR,” Blunt says in a statement.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:29 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Obama tells other world leaders: ‘I believe America is exceptional’

President Obama defended American exceptionalism Tuesday at the United Nations.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  11:48 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Gingrich orders ‘Newt for Senate’ draft movement to cease and desist

Gingrich recently signed on as a host of CNN’s resurrected show “Crossfire,” rendering a 2014 run for office highly unlikely.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:12 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Senate confirms highest-ranking openly gay judge in the U.S. Tuesday

Todd Hughes is poised to become the first openly gay circuit judge in history Tuesday.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  11:11 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Rights

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Cory Booker’s lead shrinks in New Jersey

Booker’s lead stands at 12 points among likely voters.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:09 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Environmentalists take hard line with Obama on Keystone XL

Environmentalists are warning Obama not to approval Keystone XL, even if Canada compromises on climate.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  07:03 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  KEYSTONE XL

Posted at 08:41 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Obama on hot mike: I quit smoking ‘because I’m scared of my wife’

“I haven’t had a cigarette in probably six years,” Obama says.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:41 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 09/23/2013

McConnell won’t block government funding bill as Cruz wants

The Republican leader will not take up the call of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.).

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:48 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Bill Clinton: ‘We’re not nearly as political as everyone thinks we are’

“Get healthy, write your book, do your charitable work,” the former president tells his wife. “We don’t need a four-year presidential campaign.“

By Aaron Blake  |  05:35 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Cruz: ‘There is a tendency in this town toward brinksmanship’

Republican senator spoke after Democrats objected to two procedural requests.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:35 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Obamacare, Senate Republicans

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Senate begins debate on spending bill

Votes on the measure are expected to begin Wednesday, but GOP objections Monday might slow the process.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:44 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Obamacare

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Democrat will run as independent in Kentucky Senate race

Ed Marksberry will run to Alison Lundergan Grimes’s left.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:58 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Unlike 1995, Americans say they would blame GOP, Democrats equally for shutdown

A Pew poll shows 39 percent would blame Republicans, while 36 percent would blame Democrats.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:42 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 09/23/2013

George W. Bush defends Obama’s frequent golf outings

Bush gave up golf during his first term, saying he didn’t want to play while the country was at war.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:11 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Carbon capture and sequestration may not be part of new EPA rules

McCarthy: CCS technology works well when it is designed into new plants, but “it is not seen, at least at this stage, as an add-on.”

By Lenny Bernstein  |  12:27 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  EPA

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Obama endorses de Blasio

Obama joins Bill and Hillary Clinton, who endorsed de Blasio last week after de Blasio’s potential Democratic runoff opponent conceded.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:22 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Poll: Americans oppose shutdown threat, 59-19 percent

The poll shows even Republicans are opposed to the idea of threatening to shut down the government rather than fund Obamacare.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:29 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Paul Ryan to write a book

The book is set for release next August and is called “Where Do We Go From Here?“

By Aaron Blake  |  10:23 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Republican Phil Berger won’t challenge Sen. Kay Hagan

The Republican won’t run for the Senate.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:16 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Facebook co-founder’s husband launches House bid

Sean Edridge (D), 27, will run against Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), a moderate Republicans from a swing district.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:44 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 09/22/2013

Joe Manchin not sold on gun control do-over

“You know, I’m not going to go out there and just beat the drum for the sake of beating the drum,” Manchin said on “Face the Nation.“

By Aaron Blake  |  11:57 AM ET, 09/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 09/22/2013

Pelosi: ‘There’s no more cuts to make’

“The cupboard is bare,” Pelosi declares.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:15 AM ET, 09/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 09/22/2013

Sen. Mike Lee: There will be no shutdown

We all know that the government is going to be funded.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:57 AM ET, 09/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/22/2013

Henry Kissinger predicts Syria will comply with 90 percent of chemical weapons deal

Kissinger said he remains optimistic that the deal would have a positive impact on the region and the world.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 09/22/2013

Nancy Pelosi suggests she’s still interested in being speaker

Pelosi says she intends to run for reelection in 2014.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:24 AM ET, 09/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 09/22/2013

Ted Cruz offers plan B for defunding Obamacare

Amid criticism from House Republicans, Cruz repeats that “the House has to lead on this.“

By Aaron Blake  |  09:28 AM ET, 09/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 09/20/2013

First lady: Obama should have been an architect

Michelle Obama revealed Friday President Obama wanted to become an architect.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  03:46 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michelle Obama

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Alex Sink won’t run for Florida governor

Her decision clears the Democratic primary field for former governor Charlie Crist, the one-time Republican.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:13 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Obama: Republicans ‘trying to mess with me’

“They’re not focused on you. They’re focused on politics,” the president told workers at a Ford plant in Missouri.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  02:38 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Berger will announce N.C. Senate decision Monday

Will Thom Tillis get a primary challenger?

By Reid Wilson  |  02:25 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Two Republicans drop out of House ‘Group of Seven’ immigration talks

Bipartisan working group on immigration shrinks as two GOP members say they can’t trust the president on the topic.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:31 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 09/20/2013

House GOP leaders ramp up pressure on Senate to defund Obamacare

By Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake  |  11:52 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Immigration advocates mock House GOP in parody video

Advocates who are pushing for immigration reform made a parody of a House Republican video that aims to reach out to Latino voters.

By David Nakamura  |  10:40 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Rep. Swalwell uses R-rated term to bash GOP on House floor

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said on floor Friday that GOP needs to wake up from “radical, ideological wet dream” when it comes to reversing Obamacare.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:26 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Obama travels to the heartland to make economic case

The President will tour a Ford plant in Missouri designed to highlight the rebounding U.S. auto industry.

By Philip Rucker  |  09:21 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government Shutdown, Obama

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 09/20/2013

On gun violence, Americans blame mental health system over gun laws

A new Gallup poll shows 48 percent who blame the mental health system, vs. 40 percent who blame guns.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:14 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 09/19/2013

House approves GOP plan to slash food stamp funding

House Republicans narrowly approved a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food stamp program Thursday that would slash about $39 billion in funding over the next decade

By Ed O'Keefe and Niraj Chokshi  |  06:22 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Obama, Bill Clinton to tout health care law in New York

President Obama will talk with former President Clinton on the benefits of the new health-care law in New York next week.

By David Nakamura  |  05:53 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 09/19/2013

McCain: Efforts to repeal and defund Obamacare ‘not rational’

“But I can tell you, in the United States Senate, we will not repeal or defund Obamacare. We will not. And to think we can is not rational.“

By Aaron Blake  |  05:39 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Bill de Blasio starts with 41-point lead in New York mayor’s race

De Blasio holds huge leads among black and Hispanic voters and leads by double digits among political independents.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:04 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Rand Paul: Filibuster may not stop Obamacare funding

“They have to realize that my filibuster delayed things for 13 hours, but didn’t stop things,” Paul said on Fox News.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:35 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Boehner challenges Cruz to ‘pick up mantle’ on Obamacare fight

House Speaker John A. Boehner challenged Senate conservatives to put up a strong fight against President Obama’s health care law.

By Paul Kane and Ed O'Keefe  |  12:08 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Cruz, Obamacare

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Obama: Obamacare is ‘starting to bear real fruit’

Obama says the slowed growth of health-care costs is “thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.“

By Aaron Blake  |  11:43 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Tom DeLay conviction overturned by Texas court

The former House majority leader was convicted in 2010 for allegedly scheming to influence Texas elections with corporate money.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:12 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 09/19/2013

WH threatens to veto House GOP bill blocking Obamacare

Even with the prospect of a government shutdown, the White House is not backing down.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:37 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government Shutdown

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 09/19/2013

McCain goes after ‘corrupt’ Putin in op-ed for Russian outlet

“President Putin and his associates do not believe in these values,” McCain writes.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:50 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Scott Walker opposes government shutdown over Obamacare

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisc.) opposes the idea of risking a government shutdown over Obamacare

By Juliet Eilperin  |  08:32 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Boehner’s office to Obama: You’ll negotiate with Putin but not over debt ceiling?

The speaker hits President Obama over his unwillingness to budge in debt negotiations.

By Sean Sullivan  |  07:01 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013

New bipartisan bill protects groups that don’t support same-sex marriage

Proposal by GOP lawmaker is in response to recent court rulings and the IRS scandal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House Republicans, IRS

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Rep. Gingrey: ‘I’m stuck here making $172,000’

The Georgia Republican compares congressional staffers’ financial outlook to that of members.

By Jeff Simon  |  05:26 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Sequester becoming more popular

Since May, support has risen from 35 percent to 43 percent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:37 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 09/18/2013

House cancels recess because of budget deadline

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:37 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Rep. Steve King won’t rule out presidential bid

“What I can’t do is just rule it out because you never know what happens in life,” King says.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:21 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Clintons endorse Bill de Blasio for New York mayor

De Blasio was Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager in her 2000 Senate campaign.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:21 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Carney assures that Obama ‘has twisted arms’

“You’re assuming he’s above the fray,” Carney said of Obama’s role in the current budget fight. “He’s not. He’s in the fray.”

By Aaron Blake  |  01:16 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Americans: Russia is not our ally

As recently as 2006, nearly three-quarters of Americans -- 73 percent -- saw Russia as an ally.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:43 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Rand Paul’s wife not sold on 2016 bid

Paul’s mother, on the other hand, says a run for president “feels real.“

By Aaron Blake  |  12:35 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 09/18/2013

Frustration with White House mounts for immigration advocates

Immigration advocates protest President Obama’s decision not to halt deportations through executive action.

By David Nakamura  |  11:55 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 09/18/2013

Justin Amash won’t run for U.S. Senate

Libertarian lawmaker plans to run for reelection instead, aide says.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:46 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, House Republicans

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 09/18/2013

House GOP doubles down on bet to defund Obamacare

Boehner said the stopgap funding bill would include a rider to block funding for Obamacare.

By Paul Kane and Ed O'Keefe  |  10:53 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 09/18/2013

White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler leaving for private practice

She plans to leave by the end of the year to return to private practice, a White House official confirmed Wednesday morning.

By Philip Rucker  |  10:16 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 09/18/2013

Starbucks now discouraging guns

CEO Howard Schultz told the Associated Press that he hopes people respect the company’s wishes, but that it won’t ban guns outright.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:25 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control

Posted at 12:19 AM ET, 09/18/2013

Wendy Davis prepares to launch Texas gubernatorial bid next month

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) is preparing to announce Oct. 3 that she will run for governor.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  12:19 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, Wendy Davis

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Obama calls for gun control in wake of Navy Yard shooting

By Philip Rucker  |  06:32 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Gun control groups returning to Capitol Hill

Events to be held this week were scheduled before the Navy Yard shootings.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:29 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Harry Reid on gun control re-do: ‘We don’t have the votes’

“We’re going to move this up as quickly as we can, but we’ve got to have the votes first,” Reid said.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:27 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 09/17/2013

House GOP video courting Hispanics could backfire

House Republicans release new video celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, inadvertently calling attention to their lack of action on immigration reform.

By David Nakamura  |  03:03 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 09/17/2013

House candidate comes out to father as a liberal

Massachusetts special election candidate Carl Sciortino (D) is out with one of the more interesting campaign ads we’ve seen.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:34 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to visit White House

The two leaders will discuss concerns about Iran, Syria and peace negotiations with the Palestinians, administration officials said Tuesday.

By David Nakamura  |  02:12 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 09/17/2013

White House agrees to postpone visit by Brazilian president over spying allegations

The White House agreed Tuesday to postpone a state visit from Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff .

By David Nakamura  |  02:02 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Democrat Davis to challenge Kansas Gov. Brownback

The unpopular Republican governor gets a Democratic challenger.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:30 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Governors

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Biden, lead U.S. Mideast peace envoy to address liberal Israel group this month

Vice President Biden and U.S. Middle East envoy Martin Indyk will speak Monday at the annual conference of the liberal, pro-Israel lobby group J Street.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  01:04 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Biden

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Senate Homeland Security chair: Contractor vetting process needs review

Sen. Thomas Carper says the Navy Yard shooting should lead to a serious examination of the background checks process.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:48 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Durbin raises gun debate in response to Navy Yard shooting

Senior senator suggests it might be time to reconsider the issue of gun control.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:21 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Utah lieutenant governor steps down

Greg Bell’s resignation is the latest in a series of early exits for lieutenant governors this year.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:52 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Natalie Tennant officially launches Senate campaign in West Virginia

“I am thrilled to announce that I’m running to represent West Virginia in the U.S. Senate,” Tennant says.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:13 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 09/17/2013

D.C. mayor: Sequester may have played role in Navy Yard shootings

“As I look at sequestration, which is about saving money in the federal government being spent, have we somehow skimped?”

By Aaron Blake  |  08:47 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Navy Yard Shootings

Posted at 11:35 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Audit: Felons gained access to military sites

Draft copies of the audit were shared with some congressional offices on Monday hours after mass shooting.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:35 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 08:21 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Bill Daley dropping bid for Illinois governor

Ex-White House chief of staff and longtime Democratic operative says the campaign overwhelmed him.

By Ed O'Keefe and Dan Balz  |  08:21 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Senate ‘stand your ground’ hearing postponed

Witnesses that were set to testify included Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton.

By Aaron Blake  |  06:30 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Christie leads by 20 points in reelection bid

Christie continues to lead by a huge margin among independents and even picks off more than one-quarter of Democrats.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:19 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Rand Paul wants to restore felons’ voting rights

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Monday that he will work toward giving felons who have completed their sentences the right to vote.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:41 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Senate recesses in light of Navy Yard shootings

The Senate had been scheduled to hold votes on Monday evening.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:29 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Major backer of Pebble Mine project pulls financial support

Anglo American, the London-based company which owned a 50 percent share in the Pebble Mine project slated for Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, announced Monday it was pulling out.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  01:26 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Environment

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Obama: I will not negotiate on the debt ceiling

“In case there’s any confusion: I will not negotiate over whether America keeps its word,” Obama said.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:12 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Obama: ‘We are confronting yet another mass shooting’

Obama made the remarks while addressing the fifth anniversary of the 2008 economic collapse.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:46 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Latin music stars to headline immigration rally in Washington next month

By David Nakamura  |  11:57 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 09/16/2013

White House says Obama’s economy speech still on schedule

A White House spokesman said it did not appear the speech would be delayed due to the shooting at Washington’s Navy Yard.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:22 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Martha Coakley kicks off run for Massachusetts governor

The failed Senate candidate is back for another bid for higher office.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Governors

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Thompson concedes to de Blasio in New York mayor primary

Bill de Blasio is still over 40 percent as the final votes are being tallied, suggesting he would have avoided a runoff anyway.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:13 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 09/16/2013

McCain: Some Republicans oppose Obama on Syria ‘because they dislike’ him

“I think there’s probably some ... in all honesty that (oppose it) just because they dislike President Obama,” McCain said.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:47 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Q&A with Julian Castro: Texas politics, the GOP and Hispanics, and a Biden-Clinton battle in 2016

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who came to national prominence when he delivered the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, sat down with reporters Sunday at the annual steak fry hosted by Sen. Tom Harkin in Iowa.

By Philip Rucker and Dan Balz  |  06:32 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 PM ET, 09/15/2013

Republican Kim Small won’t run for Senate in Michigan

According to another person familiar with Small’s decision, she will announce Monday that she has decided against running.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:08 PM ET, 09/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 09/15/2013

Sen. Menendez wants to ‘pursue Assad for war crimes’

Menendez also expressed support for increasing U.S. assistance for rebel forces and said the Obama administration should keep the threat of force on the table.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:18 PM ET, 09/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 09/15/2013

Sen. John McCain: Russia not serious on Syria

The GOP Senator noted that Russia is helping to arm the Assad regime and that it opposes the use of force against Syria to enforce the chemical weapons deal.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:21 AM ET, 09/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 09/15/2013

Albright on Putin: ‘I don’t think we have to trust him’

Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright said she does not trust Vladimir Putin but that the Russian president can help the U.S. reach its goals on Syria.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:55 AM ET, 09/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 09/15/2013

Gingrich says Obama ‘following from behind’ on Syria

“We are now relying on the Russians,” Gingrich said on CNN’s “State of the Union.“

By Josh Hicks  |  10:26 AM ET, 09/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 09/15/2013

Rep. Mike McCaul cautions against ‘victory lap’ over Syria deal

The GOP congressman credited Russia and expressed skepticism that the threat of an military action prompted the Assad regime to buy into the agreement.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:08 AM ET, 09/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 09/15/2013

Rep. Chris Van Hollen: I won’t second-guess Obama on Syria

Rep. Van Hollen (D-Md.) said he will not criticize President Obama’s handling of the U.S. response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by Syria.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:48 AM ET, 09/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 09/14/2013

Congressional reaction to Syria deal

Democratic lawmakers are echoing the White House’s opinion -- that Obama’s threats of military action prompted the deal brokered Saturday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:46 PM ET, 09/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 08:41 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Top White House aide hospitalized twice last week

Dan Pfeiffer, 37, has since returned to work and is being monitored.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:41 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 09/13/2013

McCain will write op-ed for Russian newspaper

The news was first reported by Foreign Policy, which (somewhat unwittingly) facilitated the agreement.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:54 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Many members who voted for tough stance on Syria now oppose military action

105 current members of Congress voted in favor of the Syria Accountability Act but now oppose or are leaning against authorizing military force.

By William Branigin  |  03:10 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Congressman recalls drunken arm-wrestling match with Putin

“And he’s a little guy, but boy I tell you, he put me down in a millisecond,” says Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.).

By Aaron Blake  |  01:44 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Tennant set to run for Senate in West Virginia

Tennant is perhaps the last remaining big-name recruit for Democrats.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:19 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Rand Paul: Opposition to military action led to Syria diplomacy

The White House has said it was the use of force that led to diplomacy.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:07 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Giffords, Kelly to headline Braley fundraiser

The Democratic Senate candidate announces the headliners for his annual fundraising event.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:39 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Bloomberg won’t endorse in New York mayor’s race

Bloomberg has been openly critical of Democratic leader Bill de Blasio.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:40 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Obama shuffles top economic advisers

Top White House economic adviser, Gene Sperling, will leave at the end of the year and be replaced by Obama’s former budget director, Jeff Zients, a White House official said.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  09:13 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Biden knocks ‘Neanderthal’ House Republicans

The vice president was discussing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:28 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 09/12/2013

DeMint calls for meaningful vote to defund Obamacare

Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint called for an end to “pretend votes” and “gimmicks” to kill the Affordable Care Act and said Republicans must use the budget resolution to defund the president’s health-care law once and for all.

By Jackie Kucinich  |  05:36 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Potential Alaska Senate candidate Dan Sullivan resigns job

Sullivan said in his resignation letter that he intends “to seek ways to continue to serve my fellow Alaskans.“

By Aaron Blake  |  05:19 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Pelosi knocks Putin on gay rights, draws big response

“Hopefully, when Pres. #Putin says “we must not forget that God created us equal” he includes gays and lesbians in Russia,” Pelosi tweets.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:33 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Carney: Russia’s human rights record shows why America is exceptional

“Unlike Russia, the United States stands up for democratic values and human rights in our own country and around the world,” Carney says.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:33 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Cantor: House may cancel September recess

The House majority leader said a final decision will be made next week.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:26 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Gillibrand introduces legislation to preserve staffing levels for USDA inspectors

Measure would ensure that each carcass in the nation’s poultry, beef and hog plants is checked by a USDA inspector before it reaches consumers.

By Kimberly Kindy  |  12:19 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 09/12/2013

First Christie reelection ad plays up Hurricane Sandy response

“And when tragedy struck, he was there every step of the way.“

By Aaron Blake  |  11:34 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 09/12/2013

GOP senator says Obama is ‘diminished figure’

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has been supportive of Obama’s call for the use of military force in Syria.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:11 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Ted Cruz: I’m ‘somewhere in between’ McCain and Paul on foreign policy

Cruz outlines his foreign policy views in a Heritage Foundation speech.

By Sean Sullivan  |  06:14 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Ethics committee closes investigation of Rep. Tierney, continues Bachmann probe

At issue was money Tierney’s wife, Patrice, received from her brother, who was convicted of running an illegal gambling ring.

By Aaron Blake and Ed O'Keefe  |  04:56 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Newark to provide records after National Review sues Booker

Booker’s mayoral spokesman said late Wednesday that police have found the records and will provide them to the publication.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:19 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Senate moving on from Syria resolution -- for now

Senate will formally move on to other matters while working behind-the-scenes on a new resolution, if necessary.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:42 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 09/11/2013

House delays government funding vote

By Paul Kane  |  02:22 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Anti-war Democrat declares victory on Syria: ‘We did it’

“We did it. #Peace,” Grayson tweets.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:12 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 09/11/2013

On Twitter, politicians and pundits unmoved by Obama’s Syria speech

Few said Obama’s remarks on Tuesday night had swayed them.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:54 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 09/11/2013

Obama honors 9/11 victims and those who died in the aftermath

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  11:52 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 09/11/2013

On Sept. 11 anniversary, Republicans hit Obama on Benghazi

Boehner: “It is disgraceful that one year later, not a single (perpetrator) has been brought to justice.“

By Aaron Blake  |  11:51 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 09/11/2013

Poll: Cory Booker has 35-point lead in N.J.

The Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows Booker at 64 percent and former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan at 29 percent.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:35 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 09/11/2013

McCain: Obama neglected Syrian rebels in speech

“I feel very badly for my friends in the Free Syrian Army today.“

By Aaron Blake  |  09:42 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 09/11/2013

Bill de Blasio on cusp of avoiding runoff in NYC

De Blasio is at 40.2 percent of the vote with 98 percent of precincts reporting.

By Aaron Blake and Jason Horowitz  |  09:28 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013

Posted at 12:50 AM ET, 09/11/2013

Obama urges Americans to watch video of aftermath of chemical weapon attack in Syria

In an address to the American people about Syria, Obama urged Americans to watch videos of the aftermath of the Syrian chemical weapons attack.

By Masuma Ahuja  |  12:50 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Spitzer falls to Stringer in NYC comptroller primary

The comeback bid of Eliot Spitzer is over.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:47 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  comebacks

Posted at 08:59 PM ET, 09/10/2013

White House pledges to bring Benghazi perpetrators to justice

The White House’s statement includes the names of the four Americans killed on Sept. 11, 2012.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:59 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:27 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Hillary Clinton: Syria debate ‘good’ for democracy

The former secretary of state reiterates her Monday comments.

By Philip Rucker  |  08:27 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Mitch McConnell vulnerable on issue of money in politics, says reform advocate’s poll

The majority of Kentucky voters view Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell unfavorably and have deep concern about his support for unlimited campaign contributions.

By Matea Gold  |  06:28 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Congress

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 09/10/2013

The situation in Syria: Live updates

Because things are changing so rapidly, Post Politics has launched a live blog to keep tabs.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:24 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Charlie Rose’s full interview with Bashar al-Assad (Video)

CBS News’s Charlie Rose sat down with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the weekend.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:42 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Top GOP recruit opens exploratory committee for Rhode Island governor

Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D) announced last week that he won’t seek a second term.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:34 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Chertoff warns against Obama executive action on immigration

The former Homeland Security Secretary believes a unilateral move by the White House would further doom a bill’s chances in Congress.

By David Nakamura  |  01:50 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration, White House

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 09/10/2013

In tense exchange, Kerry accuses House Republican of playing politics with Syria (Video)

“Look, do you want to play politics in here, or do you want to get a policy in place?” Kerry said.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:51 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Ed Markey opposes Syria resolution

Nearly a week after his “present” vote, Markey takes a position.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:10 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Air strike opponent Rand Paul plans speech after Obama’s

Senator Rand Paul will deliver a speech following President Obama’s address on Syria Tuesday evening

By Jackie Kucinich  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 09/10/2013

Adelson now stands behind ‘commander in chief’

Sheldon Adelson, who spent millions trying to defeat President Obama, now says he stands behind the White House’s push for air strikes in Syria.

By Vincent Bzdek  |  11:37 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, White House

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 09/10/2013

Kerry: ‘Exceedingly difficult’ for Syria to satisfy terms of Russian proposal

“We’re waiting for that proposal, but we’re not waiting for long,” he said.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:02 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 09/10/2013

McConnell will oppose Syria resolution

McConnell said he had no faith that the Obama Administration could execute an appropriate response.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:40 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 09/10/2013

Obama’s Syria performance earns poor marks

The poll shows twice as many people -- 57 percent -- disapprove of how he’s handled the situation.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:30 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 09/10/2013

DCCC head Steve Israel: 2014 elections won’t be Syria referendum

The head of the DCCC said the election will pivot on “the middle class,” and competing visions over President Obama’s health care law.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:15 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Obama says he would ‘absolutely’ put off military strike if Syria gives up chemical weapons

President Obama said he is cautions, but sees potential for a diplomatic resolution with regard to the standoff over Syria.

By Sean Sullivan  |  06:01 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Hillary Clinton credits Obama for potential chemical weapons deal

Clinton said such a deal "only could take place in the context of a credible military threat" from the United States.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:46 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Feinstein: U.S. should consider Russian proposal on Syrian chemical weapons

“I think it’s a very important proposal and I think it needs to get followed up very quickly,” she told reporters.

By Ed O'Keefe and Aaron Blake  |  02:38 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Lawmakers head to the White House to plot strategy on Syria

Individually and in small groups, lawmakers are heading to the White House Monday to discuss how to rally support for launching a military strike against Syria.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  01:09 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Heitkamp is sixth Senate Democrat to oppose Syria resolution

She said in a statement that she will continue to listen to the case for intervention, but that she would be a 'no' if the vote were today.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:37 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Kerry: Military action in Syria would be ‘unbelievably small’

"That is exactly what we are talking about doing unbelievably small, limited kind of effort," Kerry said.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:44 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 09/09/2013

DCCC adds nine names to program for top recruits

House Democrats campaign arm adds nine new names to its program for top recruits.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:42 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Polls: Opposition to Syria strikes on the rise

About seven in 10 say both that such action would not make a significant impact and that it is not in the national interest.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:50 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Poll: de Blasio close to avoiding runoff, Spitzer trails

The poll shows Bill de Blasio losing a little ground in the Democratic mayoral primary but still close to avoiding a runoff.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:34 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013

Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Hillary Clinton plans to address Syria at the White House Monday

The former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate has not personally addressed the alleged Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack or how she believes the United States should respond.

By Philip Rucker  |  12:15 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 09/08/2013

Rep. Kinzinger: White House ignored offer to help court votes on Syria

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) on Sunday criticized the administration for failing to build a substantive relationship with Congress.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:47 AM ET, 09/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 09/08/2013

Scalia has hate in his heart -- for the Redskins

"I'm not really much of a football fan. To the extent I am, I hate the Redskins. In fact, I always root for Dallas," Scalia said.

By Robert Barnes  |  10:58 AM ET, 09/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 09/08/2013

Charlie Rose: Syrian president ‘closely watching’ debate over military intervention

PBS's Charlie Rose interviewed the Syrian president on Sunday.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:56 AM ET, 09/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/08/2013

White House’s McDonough: ‘Too early’ to predict Syria vote outcome

White House chief of staff played down reports that a majority of House members were either leaning toward or committed to voting against authorizing military force in Syria.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:30 AM ET, 09/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 09/08/2013

Republicans seek to tie military funding cuts to Syria intervention debate

Congress's inability to agree to a budget deal last year set in motion the across-the-board spending cuts under sequestration that have affected many agencies as well as the Defense Department.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:11 AM ET, 09/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 09/08/2013

White House’s McDonough argues chemical weapon prohibition has benefited troops

"As a result of that prohibition, our troops have not faced that chemical weapon since World War One," McDonough said on "Fox News Sunday."

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:51 AM ET, 09/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 09/07/2013

Obama to grant six interviews on eve of Syria speech

Obama will sit down with PBS, CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC for interviews airing on Monday night, according to White House officials.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:59 PM ET, 09/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Immigration overhaul crowded out by Syria, other issues, GOP lawmaker says

The immigration overhaul at the center of President Obama’s domestic agenda is either dead or delayed, Raul Labrador says in interview to air Sunday. summary of story

By Peter Wallsten  |  05:45 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Biden pitches Napolitano for Supreme Court

Napolitano is leaving the Department of Homeland Security to become president of the University of California.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:40 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Supreme Court

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Madeleine Albright pushes Congress in support of Syria resolution

By David Nakamura  |  02:11 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 09/06/2013

McCain: Obama would face impeachment if he puts ‘boots on the ground’ in Syria

The Arizona Republican senator warns against deploying U.S. troops on the ground in Syria.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:52 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Reid formally introduces Syria resolution

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid formally introduced the resolution Friday allowing limited military strikes against Syria, setting in motion a key test vote that will likely take place Wednesday.

By Paul Kane  |  12:38 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Obama meets with gay rights activists in Russia

By David Nakamura  |  12:17 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 09/06/2013

White House lists 10 countries supporting action on Syria

The allies are: Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:10 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 09/06/2013

President Obama’s Russia press conference: Live updates

President Obama is taking question from reporters at the G20 Summit in Russia, with an expected emphasis on the situation in Syria.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:35 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 09/06/2013

Obama adviser: President doesn’t intend to use force without Congress

Appearing on NPR, Tony Blinken said it is "neither (Obama's) desire nor intention to use that authority absent Congress backing him.”

By Aaron Blake  |  09:00 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 09/06/2013

U.S., China strike new climate agreement at G-20 summit

In a significant move, the U.S. and China announced Friday they would seek to eliminate some of the world’s most potent greenhouse gases through the Montreal Protocol.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  07:57 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CLIMATE

Posted at 11:21 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Two senators mulling alternative Syria resolution

Proposal by two moderate Democrats would give Syrian government more time to respond to international pressure.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:21 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Manchin opposes Senate’s Syria resolution

"Given the case that has been presented to me, I believe that a military strike against Syria at this time is the wrong course of action."

By Aaron Blake  |  05:44 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Republican congressman withdraws support for Syria strike

In a statement, Grimm says the window for action has now passed and that his constituents' feedback changed his mind.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:49 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Obama cancels California trip to work on Syria

The president won't be headed to the Golden State next week.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:25 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 09/05/2013

White House launches Syria Web site

National Security Adviser Susan Rice announced the site in a tweet Thursday morning.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:48 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 09/05/2013

White House scrambles to win Japan’s support for Syria strikes

Obama met with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday in St. Petersburg, Russia, where both are attending the G-20 economic summit.

By David Nakamura  |  12:22 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 09/05/2013

MoveOn.org lobbies against Syria resolution, while OFA stays neutral

Liberal group MoveOn.org is working to defeat the resolution authorizing the use of military force against Syria, while Organizing For Action remains neutral.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  12:12 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Obama calling lawmakers from Russia to back Syria strike, adviser says

President Obama plans to call lawmakers back in Washington from the G-20 summit to urge them to vote to authorize a military strike in Syria.

By Philip Rucker and Ed O'Keefe  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Pelosi not sure House Democrats will back Syria resolution

Given the increasingly opposed House GOP caucus, the Obama Administration would need strong support among House Democrats.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:49 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Rick Santorum opposes Syria resolution

Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is the latest to line up against military action.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:22 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Senate to convene briefly to move Syria resolution along

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:32 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Assad regime, Bashar al-Assad, chemical weapons, Foreign relations, Herry M. Reid, Syria, U.S. military, U.S. Senate

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Senate Foreign Relations panel passes Syria resolution

Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday rejected an attempt by Sen. Rand Paul to limit presidential authority to wage war.

By Ed O'Keefe and Anne Gearan  |  03:14 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Chafee won’t seek reelection in Rhode Island

The independent-turned-Democrat won't run for reelection.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:44 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Governors

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Rand Paul denies plans to filibuster Syria resolution

Regardless, Senate aides still expect need to have at least 60 votes in support of the resolution.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:33 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Pelosi asks for more ‘suggestions’ on Syria

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is encouraging her Democratic colleagues to continue reviewing all information regarding a possible U.S. military strike in Syria.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:22 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Poll: Spitzer, Stringer neck and neck in New York City comptroller race

With six days to go until the election, the race for the Democratic nomination for New York City comptroller is very tight.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:22 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polls

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Bill Clinton makes the case for Obamacare

Former President Bill Clinton made a detailed case for the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, arguing that both opponents and supporters of the law had an obligation to make it work.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  01:20 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Senate hearing on Syria resolution delayed

Delay comes amid some GOP opposition to new resolution that would authorize military force.

By Ed O'Keefe and Jackie Kucinich  |  12:16 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 09/04/2013

The House’s Syria hearing: Live updates

Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Check Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey are again set to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:42 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 09/04/2013

Rubio questions administration’s $8.7 million ‘Obamacare’ ad buy

The GOP senator's letter asks why Health and Human Services was spending $8.7 million on TV ads to promote the Affordable Care Act.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  11:17 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 09/04/2013

McCain opposes Senate’s Syria resolution

"In its current form, I do not" support it, McCain told AP.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:14 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 09/04/2013

Heritage Action opposes military action in Syria

The political arm of the conservative think tank comes out against military action in Syria.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:39 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 09/04/2013

Republican Charlie Baker announces run for Mass. governor

The businessman is back for another run at the state's top job.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:26 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Governors

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 09/04/2013

Menino apologizes for saying he’d ‘blow up’ Detroit

The mayor of Boston apologizes for controversial remarks.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:30 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mayors

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 09/04/2013

McCain on smartphone poker: ‘I get a little bored’

The Arizona Republican explained to CNN that he just needed a break from the lengthy hearing on Syria.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:18 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 08:36 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Senators strike deal on wording for new resolution authorizing force against Syria

Senate resolution allows up to 90 days for strike on Syria.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:36 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Rand Paul: Filibuster a possibility on Syria vote

The Kentucky senator won't rule out the prospect of a filibuster on Syria.

By Sean Sullivan  |  07:08 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Hillary Clinton backs Obama’s call for action against Syria

Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton backs President Obama’s call for Congress to authorize military action against Syria, a Clinton adviser said Tuesday.

By Dan Balz  |  06:11 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Latham’s constituents confirm his Syria skepticism: ‘What’s it going to do?’

Rep. Tom Latham’s Iowa constituents, like him, seem highly skeptical about another military entanglement, this one in a civil war half a world away.

By Emily Heil  |  04:57 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Poll: Bill de Blasio pulling away in New York City mayor’s race

By Sean Sullivan  |  04:30 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polls

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Simon Wiesenthal Center calls for action against Syria

Leaders of the Simon Wiesenthal Center called on lawmakers Tuesday to support President Obama’s request to take action against Syria, invoking the memory of the Holocaust in a strongly worded letter.

By Matea Gold  |  03:21 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Pelosi tells colleagues military action in Syria is ‘in our national interest’

The Democratic leader makes the case for military action to her colleagues.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:04 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Jeb Bradley rules out New Hampshire Senate run

The Republican will not challenge the Democratic senator.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:43 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Carl DeMaio won’t run for mayor of San Diego

The Republican is opting instead to continue his campaign to unseat Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), a top GOP target.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:27 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Former Hillary Clinton aides form bipartisan consulting firm

Three ex-aides to former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton and former CIA director and defense secretary Leon Panetta have launched a bipartisan consulting firm.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  02:08 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hillary Clinton

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 09/03/2013

The Senate’s Syria hearing: Live updates

That latest from Tuesday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:01 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Biden’s trip to Orlando postponed

Biden had been scheduled to speak at the University of Central Florida about the importance of access to education.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:13 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Boehner and Cantor will support Syria strike

"I'm going to support the president's call for action, and I believe my colleagues should," Boehner said.

By Aaron Blake and David Nakamura  |  11:53 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Syria

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Obama: ‘This is not Iraq, and this is not Afghanistan’

Before meeting with Congressional leaders, President Obama sayshe is confident they can reach agreement on authorizing strike on Syrian military capabilities..

By David Nakamura  |  11:04 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Rand Paul to campaign for Cory Booker opponent

The Kentucky senator is headed to New Jersey.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:11 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 09/03/2013

McCain says he would oppose a weak Syria resolution

McCain warned Monday that it would be "catastrophic" if Congress rejected President Obama's use of force resolution.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:08 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea

Rodman did not say whether he'll try to secure the release of Kenneth Bae, an American missionary who remains in jail.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:56 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 09/02/2013

McCain says rejecting Syria resolution would be ‘catastrophic’

Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said Congress must authorize force or risk undermining the nation's credibility

By Juliet Eilperin  |  05:30 PM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 09/02/2013

Syria: What to expect on Capitol Hill this week

A series of public and closed-door meetings are planned throughout the week as lawmakers mull what to do.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:57 PM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 09/02/2013

Kerry, Hagel to appear before Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday

The appearance by Kerry and Hagel will be one of the most public parts of an intense lobbying effort underway by the Obama administration.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:22 AM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 09/01/2013

After classified briefing, lawmakers skeptical on Syria attack

Initial estimates suggest that dozens of lawmakers came to Washington on Sunday for the briefing.

By Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane  |  03:27 PM ET, 09/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 09/01/2013

Rand Paul, James Inhofe, Peter King skeptical Congress will approve Syria strike

Key Republicans are skeptical that Congress will approve military action against Syria.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:22 AM ET, 09/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Syria

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/01/2013

Bush spokesman apologizes for sending statement on Nelson Mandela

Spokesman says he misread news reports Sunday morning by The Washington Post.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 09/01/2013

Mike Rogers: ‘Congress will rise to the occasion’ and approve Syria strike

The House Intelligence Committee Chairman expresses confidence Congress will sign off on a strike against Syria.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:07 AM ET, 09/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Syria

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 09/01/2013

Kerry cites fresh evidence Syria launched chemical attack

Kerry offers more evidence that Syria launched a chemical attack.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:01 AM ET, 09/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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