February 7th, 2013
07:41 AM ET

Thursday's live events

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress on February 12.  Watch CNN.com Live for all of your political coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

8:05 am ET - National Prayer Breakfast - Held annually on the first Thursday in February, the National Prayer Breakfast brings together politicians, religious leaders and others from around the world.  President Obama will speak before the breakfast this morning.

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February 6th, 2013
07:38 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress on February 12.  Watch CNN.com Live for all of your political coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Briefing on U.S. Postal Service changes - Changes are afoot at the struggling U.S. Postal Service, but no one is sure what that means.  Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe may provide details at a morning briefing.

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February 5th, 2013
07:41 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress on February 12.  Watch CNN.com Live for all of your political coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Trayvon Martin shooting motion hearing - Attorneys in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman will argue motions in anticipation of the trial.

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February 1st, 2013
07:55 AM ET

Friday's live events

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress on February 12.  Watch CNN.com Live for all of your political coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - NASA remembers fallen astronauts - On the 10th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, NASA pays tribute to the crews of Columbia, Challenger and Apollo 1 during the agency's Day of Remembrance.

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January 31st, 2013
07:32 AM ET

Thursday's live events

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress on February 12.  Watch CNN.com Live for all of your political coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

9:30 am ET - Hagel on the hot seat - Former senator Chuck Hagel could be in for a bumpy ride when he faces the Senate Armed Services Committee over his nomination to become the next secretary of defense.

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January 28th, 2013
07:46 AM ET

Monday's live events

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress on February 12.  Watch CNN.com Live for all of your political coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

12:30 pm ET - White House briefing - Gun control, immigration reform and spending will likely dominate Press Secretary Jay Carney's agenda with the White House press corps.

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Senators agree on filibuster reform measures
January 24th, 2013
10:28 PM ET

Senators agree on filibuster reform measures

Democrats and Republicans in the Senate overwhelmingly agreed late Thursday on language reforming filibusters, passing the measures agreed to earlier in the day by Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

The two leaders proposed to their caucuses earlier a list of reforms to curb the use of filibusters and streamline other procedures in order to speed up floor action. The measures required the support of each party's caucus.

The proposal allows for two paths that could be used to begin debate on legislation, avoiding filibusters designed to prevent debate from actually taking place.

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January 22nd, 2013
07:38 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress on February 12.  Watch CNN.com Live for all of your political coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Senate back in session - Senators return from their recess to discuss and debate aid for Superstorm Sandy victims, the debt ceiling and other issues.

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January 15th, 2013
07:42 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

President Obama will be sworn in for a second term in office on Monday, January 21.  Watch CNN.com Live for all your inauguration coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - House lawmakers read Constitution - Two years ago, House lawmakers from both sides of the aisle came together to read the U.S. Constitution aloud for the first time in the House chamber.  Today, lawmakers will do so again.

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Sen. Crapo pleads guilty to DUI charge
January 4th, 2013
11:13 AM ET

Sen. Crapo pleads guilty to DUI charge

It’s a new year, a new Congress, and a new driving ban for U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo.

The Idaho Republican, arrested in December on suspicion of drunken driving in Virginia, pleaded guilty Friday to the charges, which came with a $250 fine and a year-long suspension of his driver's license.

A 180-day jail sentence was suspended on condition of good behavior. His guilty plea came a day after the 113th Congress was sworn in.

Crapo, re-elected in 2010 with 71% of the vote, was arrested at 12:45 a.m. ET on December 23 in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, after a police officer noticed his vehicle running a red light. Alexandria police said Crapo's blood alcohol level was .110 at the time of his arrest.

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Obama: 'The best is yet to come'
President Barack Obama was re-elected on a wave of broad support from moderates, women and minorities.
November 7th, 2012
06:49 AM ET

Obama: 'The best is yet to come'

Happy post-Election Day. Or welcome to your 12th cup of coffee if you're still waiting to see how Florida voted for president. (Since it was a relatively early election night, we hope you were able to get some sleep in.)

President Barack Obama rode a wave of broad support from minorities, women and moderates to win re-election Tuesday, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Democratic strongholds and key battleground states.

“While the road has been hard, while the journey has been long … we know in our hearts, for the United States of America, the best is yet to come,” Obama told supporters in Chicago early Wednesday.

If you did decide to call it an early night and head to bed after the presidential race was called, look no further. You can watch his victory speech here:

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July 30th, 2012
07:43 AM ET

Monday's live events

The race to the presidency now turns toward the general election in November.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

12:30 pm ET - White House briefing - Press Secretary Jay Carney appears to have the day off, but that doesn't mean the media will take it easy on Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest.  Topics expected to be discussed include "fiscal cliff" fears and Syria.

2:00 pm ET - Senate, House back in session - This week should be the final week of work for House and Senate lawmakers before their August recess.  The House will consider whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, while both chambers will debate efforts to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff".

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

 


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Tombstone takes water fight to canyons, Capitol Hill
Members of the Tombstone Shovel Brigade climbed two miles up a steep canyon to repair a 26-mile water pipeline.
June 8th, 2012
09:12 PM ET

Tombstone takes water fight to canyons, Capitol Hill

Tombstone, Arizona (CNN) – Under an unforgiving desert sun, about 60 determined souls gathered in a high school football field under the banner of the Tombstone Shovel Brigade. They collected shovels and joined a pickup truck caravan across the desert. Then they climbed two miles up a steep, rocky canyon and began to move part of a mountain, one boulder at a time.

Thousands of miles away, in the nation’s capital, Tombstone’s congressman and the city archivist tried to move a bureaucratic mountain, too, during hearings before a subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee.

Tombstone, as CNN has reported, is in the midst of a court battle with the U.S. Forest Service. At issue is whether Tombstone can take heavy equipment into federally protected wilderness.

Tombstone is trying to repair a 26-mile pipeline that has brought mountain spring water into the city since 1881. The pipeline was damaged during last summer’s Monument Fire and floods that brought mud and boulders crashing down the denuded mountainside.

The city sued the Forest Service in December, accusing the agency of dragging its feet during a state of emergency. The courts have turned down the city’s request for an emergency injunction, and so the battle has entered a new phase in the court of public opinion.

Frustrated with the slow pace of the repairs, Tombstone’s supporters created the nonprofit Tombstone Shovel Brigade a couple of months ago. They are helped by the organizers of the Jarbidge Shovel Brigade, which used volunteer muscle power to move a boulder and reopen a mountain road on federal wilderness in 2000.

Tombstone has become the poster city for a sweeping resurgence of the Sagebrush Rebellion in some Western states. This time, Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory explained, the rebellion is not fueled by oilmen and cattle ranchers.

Instead, local governments are behind the movement to push back against what they say is the federal government’s treatment of them as “submissive subdivisions.”

U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake has introduced H.R. 5971, the Emergency Water Supply Restoration Act, which proposes to set aside Forest Service restrictions against the use of construction equipment during state-declared water emergencies. Flake and Nancy Sosa, the city’s archivist, were among the witnesses who testified Friday.

“The unforeseen consequences of federal laws and regulations threaten to do something outlaws, economic busts, and the Arizona desert couldn’t: Kill the town too tough to die,” Flake said. Tombstone, population 1,400, is a throwback to the Old West and is famous for the 30-second gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which is re-enacted for tourists twice a day.

“Without water, the most precious commodity in the desert, Tombstone will cease to exist,” Sosa said. She told the committee that Tombstone burned to the ground twice before the waterline was built.

CNN will have more on this developing story Saturday.

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May 21st, 2012
11:10 AM ET

Top U.S. nuclear regulator to resign

Embattled Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko announced Monday he is resigning.

Jaczko, a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, has been under fire after Democratic and Republican members of the commission complained about his management style earlier this year.

In his statement Monday, Jaczko said he would stay on until a successor is confirmed by Congress.

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February 2nd, 2012
01:52 PM ET

'Fast and Furious' consequences coming, Holder says

Firings and charges against the justice department officials who oversaw the agency's flawed gun-running operation are likely to come in the next six months, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.

Holder was speaking before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to discuss the controversial sting operation called Operation Fast and Furious.

Asked what steps he had taken since the controversy came to light 13 months ago, Holder said he is awaiting the conclusions of an internal investigation.

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January 25th, 2012
11:52 AM ET

Gabrielle Giffords resigns from Congress

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who moved the nation with an improbable comeback after a gunman shot her in the head last year, formally resigned Wednesday in an emotional appearance in the U.S. House of Representatives.

"I will recover and will return," the Arizona Democrat said in a letter read aloud by her friend and colleague, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who fought back tears as she read.

A standing ovation roared across the House Chamber for Giffords, who served three terms. Teary eyed legislators from both parties applauded Giffords as she submitted her letter of resignation to House Speaker John Boehner, who also fought back tears.

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Truth Squad: Fact checking the State of the Union address
January 25th, 2012
01:58 AM ET

Truth Squad: Fact checking the State of the Union address

CNN's Truth Squad fact-checked some of the claims made by President Barack Obama in the State of the Union address and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels in the Republican rebuttal. We'll take a look at some of the claims and share if they were accurate.

Did public dollars unearth new energy resources?

President Barack Obama made a pitch for continued federal support of energy research.

The statement: "The development of natural gas will create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cleaner and cheaper, proving that we don't have to choose between our environment and our economy. And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of 30 years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock - reminding us that government support is critical in helping businesses get new energy ideas off the ground."

The verdict: True, but incomplete

Read why

Obama touts job creation record

President Barack Obama discussed job numbers before and after he took office during Tuesday night's State of the Union address.

The statement: "In the six months before I took office, we lost nearly 4 million jobs. And we lost another 4 million before our policies were in full effect. Those are the facts. But so are these. In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than 3 million jobs. Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005."

The verdict: True

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GOP shines light on unemployment

Republicans focused on the Obama administration's job record during their rebuttal to Tuesday night's State of the Union address.

The statement: "The percentage of Americans with a job is at the lowest in decades,"  said Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, in the Republican rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

The verdict: True

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Steve Jobs' jobs vs. Obama's jobs

In a rebuttal to the State of the Union address, Republicans gave the late Steve Jobs credit for creating more jobs than the stimulus bill Tuesday.

The statement: "Contrary to the president's constant disparagement of people in business, it's one of the noblest of human pursuits. The late Steve Jobs - what a fitting name he had - created more of them than all those stimulus dollars the president borrowed and blew." –Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, in the Republican rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

The verdict: False

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January 18th, 2012
07:39 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

The South Carolina GOP presidential primary is just three days away, and CNN.com Live is your home for all of the latest political news and views from the Palmetto State.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - House considers debt ceiling - House lawmakers are expected to vote today on President Obama's request to increase the nation's debt ceiling.

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Overheard on CNN.com: Congress' lack of action sparks anger
December 20th, 2011
12:17 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Congress' lack of action sparks anger

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Congress showed little sign of resolving its partisan standoff Tuesday over the payroll tax cut extension as the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a measure expressing disapproval of a Senate plan, and leaders in the Democratic-controlled Senate insisted they won't go along with a new House proposal.

The House motion, passed in a virtual party-line 229-193 vote, called for the dispute to be immediately taken up by a House-Senate conference committee - something already ruled out by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.

House Republicans on Tuesday passed a motion calling for further negotiations on the payroll tax cut, disagreeing with a Senate measure that called for a two-month extension. Only Republicans supported the motion in the 229-193 vote.

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The Senate voted 89-10 in favor of a two-month tax-cut extension Saturday - a fallback plan designed to give both sides more time to negotiate - but that short-term compromise has slammed into a conservative roadblock in the House, where rank-and-file Republicans are fuming over the short-term nature of the plan, among other things.

As the clock ticks down, nobody appears willing to bend and neither side seems to know how to break the logjam.

The latest political drama follows what seems like a year of endless debt talks and regular episodes of near-government shutdowns, and some people are simply fed up with Congress. We take a look at the frustration with government that people are sharing on both CNN.com and around the Web.

Some users commented they felt lawmakers from both parties are to blame and they planned to hold them accountable. They said that Americans have the power to vote out incumbents if they can't get anything done to help the people of this country.

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us2us: "Who do these people represent? Answer: Themselves."

marjoreemae: "It's a shame responsible people will not come together and fix what's wrong with our country. I vote not to pay these individuals. It's time we have a real voice in our government."

gadzooks: "I do hereby call for the resignation of every member of Congress."

hv19006: "I'm just not voting for any of the incumbents in the next election. They have all proved they can't get the job done, both the Senate and the House, both the Democrats and the Republicans."

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Overheard on CNN.com: Super committee 'fail' angers readers
The bipartisan congressional debt committee failed to negotiate $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction measures.
November 21st, 2011
08:13 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Super committee 'fail' angers readers

Editor's note: Readers have a lot to say about stories, and we're listening. Overheard on CNN.com is a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

"Congress has ruled that there cannot be a Nativity Scene in Washington this Christmas season.This isn't for any religious reason; they simply have not been able to find Three Wise Men in the nation's capital. The search for a virgin continues. There was no problem, however, finding enough asses to fill the stable."
–KelvinKanuck 

The failure is now official: The congressional "super committee" has been unable to reach a deficit reduction agreement, and Republicans and Democrats are blaming each other. Many people have opined that this outcome was hardly a surprise given the divisions in government. Outrage and frustration in all directions is practically seeping from the comments section on related stories.

'Super committee' fails to reach agreement

Commenters' discussions were revealing of the frustration among many people who said politicians are placing their own interests over those of the nation. Take this exchange for example:

juneday: "Let history note that this is the day that Congress fiddled while our economy burned. While our young men and women lay their lives on the line every day for this country, it appears that there is not one member of congress who is willing to lay their political life on the line, to reach a compromise."

gbologn: "The most galling thing to me is that our government is doing it right in front of our eyes and there is not a damn thing we can do about it. The solution is simple: remove money from politics. It sounds too good to be true, but if there is no money to be made behind every legislative vote/decision..." FULL POST

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