A day after recommending censure for Rep. Charles Rangel, the House ethics committee announced Friday that it was not ready to hold its trial of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who was charged with inappropriately helping a bank in which her husband was a large shareholder.
An all-night flight to the NATO summit here in Lisbon seemed to have boosted President Obama's spirits after the post-election doldrums in Washington.
The infamous banner that hung behind George W. Bush during his May 1, 2003 declaring the end of combat operations in Iraq might be hung in his presidential library, USA Today reports.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) criticized Republican leaders today for delaying a bipartisan meeting proposed by the White House to discuss economic concerns including the Bush-era tax cuts, saying that he was "disappointed" by their actions.
Incoming House Republicans on Wednesday night tapped two of their fellow freshmen, Republican Reps.-elect Kristi Noem (S.D.) and Tim Scott (S.C.), to serve in newly-created leadership positions in the 112th Congress.
The New York Times' long magazine profile of Sarah Palin reports that she's seriously considering a presidential run. But it also contains an interesting anecdote about her decision to step down as governor of Alaska in 2009:
UPDATE 11/18: Politico reports that Jim Manley, Harry Reid's spokesperson, is also retiring. * *...
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio) announced Wednesday that he would challenge Rep. Edolphus Towns (N.Y.) for the top Democratic slot on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, setting up competition for the role of chief defender of the Obama administration and chief protector of the federal workforce in the 112th Congress.
| November 17, 2010; 9:26 AM ET |
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Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has yet to formally announce whether he will seek a second two-year term, but that has not stopped others from openly declaring that they will run against him or hinting at their intention to do so.
Republican National Committee political director, Gentry Collins quit his post Tuesday, leaving behind a letter that lays the blame for fundraising shortfalls and, by extension, key 2010 election losses squarely at RNC Chairman Michael Steele's feet.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio) is mulling whether to make a bid for the top Democratic slot on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a move that could make him a leading voice on issues affecting the District and the federal workforce and a high-profile defender of the Obama administration.
| November 16, 2010; 1:30 PM ET |
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CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric interviewed Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski as the vote count continues in Alaska. Murkowski was asked to give her opinion of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin with whom she has had an acrimonious relationship.
Actor Kalpen Modi (Kal Penn) has finished filming the latest "Harold & Kumar" installment and is returning to the White House.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) will take on an expanded role in Senate Democratic leadership as the head of a new entity responsible for crafting the party's messaging and rapid-response operations. And a Senate freshman, Sen. Mark Begich (Alaska), will rise to the No. 5 leadership job in the chamber, a major concession to junior Democrats who are seeking a greater voice in Senate decision-making.
Rep.-elect Allen West (R-Fla.) defended his decision to hire a controversial Florida radio personality as his chief of staff, but blamed the ensuing flap on racism and misogyny on the left.
Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) said he would challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for the top minority leadership position if Pelosi does not step aside by Wednesday. Shuler acknowledged that he does not have the votes to win the minority leader position, but said Pelosi should allow House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) to lead the House Democrats.
White House senior adviser Davd Axelrod said Sunday that he will leave the White house in early 2011 to begin preparations for President Obama's 2012 reelection bid.