WASHINGTON (CNN) – Mayors and community leaders looking for a piece of the next presidential contest now have a list of names of who to lobby if they are interested in hosting the Republican National Convention in 2012.
The Republican National Committee officially released its Site Selection Committee Friday, which is charged with choosing the host city for the convention that will ratify the GOP presidential nominee.
The Democratic National Committee has not yet named members of its site selection committee.
RNC Site Selection Committee members after the jump:
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer talk health care reform with Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in the latest edition of "44 with Ed Henry."
HYANNIS, Massachusetts (CNN) - Family and close friends of Eunice Kennedy Shriver will attend a Friday morning funeral for the late sister of President John F. Kennedy.
Shriver, a champion of the disabled who founded the Special Olympics, died Tuesday at age 88.
An invitation-only funeral Mass will be held at Saint Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church here, according to a statement from the family's spokesman Stephen Rivers.
Vice President Joe Biden is expected to attend Friday's service.
Before the Mass begins at 10 a.m. ET, Special Olympians will carry the Special Olympics torch into the church, the statement said. They will take part in a procession toward the church, followed by the hearse and the Shriver family who will be walking behind.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two of the most outspoken people in politics are putting their ideological differences aside to team up on an initiative to help rebuild the nation's public schools.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rev. Al Sharpton will join Education Secretary Arne Duncan on a tour to encourage cities to fix their schools, the Department of Education announced Friday.
Calling Gingrich and Sharpton "two of the most candid people I have ever known," Duncan said in a statement that that there will be "some provocative conversations on education reform." The trio will visit Philadelphia on Sept. 29, New Orleans on Nov. 3 and Baltimore on November 13. More stops, including one in a rural setting, will be added later, the Education department said.
Gingrich and Sharpton met with President Obama in May to discuss education reform.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama's political operation released a new Web video Friday highlighting the story of a cancer patient whose insurance coverage was taken away after she was diagnosed with the disease.
The two-minute video, produced by Organizing for America, criticizes the insurance industry's practice of rescission - "a policy of retroactively canceling health insurance after a patient becomes ill." The video shows the story of Robin Beaton, a retired nurse from Waxahachie, Texas, who was told days before her scheduled double mastectomy to remove cancerous tumors that her insurance plan had dropped her coverage.
OFA released the video in advance of Obama's health care town hall meeting in Montana where he will talk about the issue of rescission.
(CNN) - Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry hosts his weekly radio show from Montana this morning as he waits for President Obama's arrival later in the day for a town hall meeting on health care.
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, will be joining Ed as well as Nancy LeaMond from the AARP. And of course, Ed will be taking your calls at 1-877-266-4189. Or you can drop him an email
So, tune in to CNN.com at 11 a.m. ET for an insiders look at the Obama presidency.
(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Cape Verde on Friday, the final stop on her seven-nation Africa tour in which she emphasized good governance and urged officials to implement reforms.
Clinton is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Pedro Maria Neves before returning to the United States.
The Obama administration describes the island nation on the western coast as an African success story.
"Cape Verde enjoys a stable democratic system, high transparency and low corruption," said Marianne M. Myles, the U.S. ambassador to Cape Verde.
The relationship between the two countries is based on a long history of partnership, which started in 1818 when the first U.S. consulate in sub-Saharan Africa was established in the country, Myles said.
(CNN) - Town hall meetings continued Thursday with more members of Congress facing an onslaught of tough questions about health care reform plans.
Rep. Steve Rothman, D-New Jersey, said at a meeting in Secaucus that the aim of health care reform is not to make America's system mimic Great Britain's or Canada's.
"I, for one, don't want a system like Great Britain's. I don't want a system like Canada's. I don't want national health care, and I don't want socialized medicine," he said.
Rothman said that any health care bill coming out of Congress has to "fix what needs to be fixed" but not "destroy what's good about the existing private health insurance system."