Someone should lose their job in the wake of the September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." But that someone isn't Ambassador Susan Rice, the U.S. delegate to the United Nations who two top Republicans said Wednesday should be denied a promotion, if offered, as much of the GOP furor about the U.S. government's response focuses on her. "The person who decided to have no Marines guarding the ambassador should be fired, just plain and simple," he said.
House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday stuck to his post-election tone of saying he wants to come to agreement with President Obama to avert the fiscal cliff, and he moved to set up a team of House Republicans to help negotiate the details.
As the deadline nears for Congress to reach an end-of-the-year agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, a new poll released Wednesday indicates Americans feel a sense of urgency about the situation.
Honeywell International CEO David Cote struck a hopeful note after his meeting with President Obama on Wednesday. Cote was among 12 CEOs of the nation's largest companies who met with President Obama on Wednesday to talk about the fiscal cliff.
Warren Buffett is not worried about the fiscal cliff. While it's not ideal, the founder of Berkshire Hathaway thinks that President Obama must be willing to keep pushing for higher taxes on the wealthy, even if it triggers the fiscal cliff that would lead to the automatic onset of tax increases and spending cuts on Jan. 1. The U.S. economy, he said, can weather it.
If voters want major change in Washington, they won't find it in the next Senate's leadership. There will be little turnover in the chamber's top ranks in January, according to Democratic and GOP caucus election results announced Wednesday.
House Speaker John Boehner received a standing ovation after being renominated to his position Wednesday by the House Republican Conference. Nominated by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Boehner gained support from members of his party to continue his speakership. He will be formally elected by a vote in the House of Representatives when the 113th Congress convenes in January. Cantor was also re-nominated as House majority leader.
After keeping colleagues and most of her aides in the dark about her post-election plans for more than a week, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi finally told House Democrats she intended to run again for her post. The official vote isn't until after Thanksgiving, but Pelosi will likely get overwhelming support from her colleagues. After Pelosi revealed her plans at a closed-door caucus meeting on Wednesday, House Democrats cheered loudly and chants of "two more years" erupted in the room, according to several sources in attendance.
Take a larger than life governor who may have designs on the White House and a battleground state crucial in presidential politics, and guess what: 2013 might not be as quiet a political year as you thought. New Jersey and Virginia are the only two states to hold gubernatorial contests in the year after a presidential election, and in both states, the campaign clocks are already ticking.
Mitt Romney told donors on a call Wednesday that President Barack Obama outmatched him by offering "gifts" to African Americans, Hispanics and young voters, according to various news outlets. "In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups," Romney said, according to The New York Times.