One day after Republicans scored huge gains in the U.S. Senate and the House, President Obama gave a lengthy press conference and signaled he wants to work with the new Congress, but he also made it clear that if Congress didn't act quickly, he will and without their approval.
"I am eager to see what they have to offer but what I am not going to do is wait," Obama said in his first public remarks since the election. "Let's see what we can do lawfully through executive actions."
Senator Mitch McConnell, the presumptive majority leader promised cooperation, but he had a stern lecture for the president.
"Because of the strength of the veto pen, he could probably stay on the course he's on," McConnell said Wednesday.
With gridlock looking as locked in place as ever, what do Republicans need to do to make sure they don't lose their momentum and their chances for the White House in 2016.
In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Chairman for the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus says his party's election victory wasn't just based on a repudiation of the President's policies, but also an "acceptance of Republican policies and governance."View my Flipboard Magazine.
(CNN) - House Republicans are going forward with plans to sue President Barack Obama and will base their legal case on the sweeping health care law he championed and they despise.
Speaker John Boehner said the suit will follow the argument Obama violated the Constitution by circumventing Congress and changing the law's employer mandate on his own.
"In 2013, the President changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it," Boehner said in a statement.
"That's not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own," he added.
The Republican-led House is expected to vote on a resolution authorizing legal action against the President at month's end.
The White House expressed disappointment in a statement, saying Boehner and Republicans are wasting time, taxpayer resources on a "political stunt."
A sitting senator – a Republican - allegedly targeted by Lois Lerner at the IRS.
Lois Learner is at the center of the scandal - she's the top official accused of targeting political groups.
And now the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is accusing her of targeting Senator Chuck Grassley for increased IRS scrutiny as well. CNN's Joe Johns has more.
A stunning political upset for the House majority leader Tuesday night was followed by a stunning announcement today.
"Now, while I intend to serve out my term as member of Congress from the seventh district of Virginia, effective July 31, I will be stepping down as majority leader," Eric Cantor said.
Cantor outraised and outspent his virtually unknown Tea Party challenger in the Republican congressional primary, but he lost the nomination anyway.
What went wrong?
What does this mean for the future of the GOP?
OutFront, Republican Congressman Peter King.View my Flipboard Magazine.
At least one Democrat is claiming victory in Cantor's defeat: "Cooter" from "The Dukes of Hazard."
Ben Jones, who starred in the '80s sitcom, is a former congressman from Georgia and he also ran for Congress in Virginia against Cantor in 2002. Jones lost that race.
5 aftershocks from Cantor's stunning upset loss
But this year, he sent an open letter urging Democrats, independents and libertarians to cast a vote in Virginia's open primary.
He wrote: "Under Cantor's Majority Leadership, the Congress has sunk to its lowest public standing in history... This is not a laughing matter. It is a national crisis. Eric Cantor should not be rewarded with another term."
In interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, the former congressman explains why Cantor lost.