(CNN) – Harry Reid's re-election campaign says that the Senate majority leader raised over $2 million in the past three months.
Reid's re-election campaign reports Friday that they've brought in $2,019,548 in the fourth quarter of 2009 and just over $15 million since the start of this election cycle.
"Our campaign is fully operational and ready to ensure Sen. Reid will continue his work creating jobs and getting Nevada's economy back on track as leader of the Senate," said campaign manager Brandon Hall in a statement. "These resources allow the campaign to highlight the choice they have between candidates whose rhetoric doesn't match reality and Sen. Reid's record of delivering for all Nevada."
Polls over the past year suggest that the four-term senator faces a tough re-election. Only one-third of Nevada voters had a favorable opinion of Reid, according to a survey conducted early this month by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The poll also indicated that a majority of voters in the state, 52 percent, held an unfavorable opinion of Reid. According to the survey, Reid trailed three of his possible GOP challengers in hypothetical general election match-ups.
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(CNN) – Conservative activist James O'Keefe said Friday that the government had "confirmed" that he did not try to wiretap or bug the office of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana.
He offered no evidence to back his assertion.
O'Keefe, 25, Joseph Basel, 24, Robert Flanagan, 24, and Stan Dai, 24, were charged Tuesday with entering Landrieu's New Orleans office - which is federal property - under "false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony," according to a news release from the local U.S. attorney's office.
Calling himself an "investigative journalist," O'Keefe claimed he was trying to test the credibility of a claim by Landrieu that her office had been unable to field calls from constituents opposed to her stance on the Senate
health care bill because her phone lines had been "jammed for weeks."
Baltimore, Maryland (CNN) - President Obama told House Republicans on Friday that he intends to create a commission to confront deficits by executive order.
"The idea of a bipartisan fiscal commission to confront the deficits in the long term died in the Senate the other day," he said. "So I'm going to establish such a commission by executive order, and I hope that you participate fully and genuinely in that effort."
The recommendations of a commission created by executive order would not be binding; those from a commission created by Congress would have been.
Washington (CNN) - U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice created both a Facebook and Twitter account late Thursday.
Rice is the fourth Obama cabinet member to join Twitter, the micro-blog social networking site, while the eighth to join Facebook.
While many Twitter accounts are used for Cabinet member's thoughts while running in between meetings (or the bathroom), expect Rice's account to be more formal. Her office hopes people who are interested in U.S. foreign policy and want insights into the U.N. to follow her. Both accounts will send out official news and notes from her office. Her first tweet and Facebook message was a link to a formal video where Rice reported on Obama's first year at the United Nations.
When asked why Rice decided to launch Facebook and Twitter accounts, her communications director told CNN it was "to directly communicate with Americans and others who care about U.S. foreign policy and are interested in following it on a daily basis."
(CNN) - He hasn't been sworn into office yet, but Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown is confident he already has the president beat in at least one respect: basketball.
The former state senate Republican, who shocked the political world with his upset victory last week that effectively ended the Democratic Party's 60-seat filibuster-proof hold in the U.S. Senate, told NBC's Jay Leno he also has the game to hand the president a defeat on the court.
Brown, an avid athlete who also said he swims and bikes several miles a week, told Leno he's already issued the challenge to Obama.
"It would certainly be a tough game," Brown said of the potential match up. "The only time I spoke to him was election night. And I did challenge him to pick his best."
Brown meanwhile said he would employ the skills of his 21 year-old daughter Ayla, who plays for the Boston College basketball team.
"I think we'd have the upper hand," said Brown, who himself played basketball in college.
Brown also discussed his now-famous appearance in Cosmopolitan Magazine when he was a 22 year-old law student at Boston College. In its June 1982 issue, the magazine named Brown "America's sexiest man" and featured a photo-spread in which the future senator nearly bares all.
Asked if he'd ever do it again, Brown replied, "Almost 30 years later I'd probably have to do it for [the] mature senior AARP Magazine. So a little different now."
Washington (CNN) – The National Republican Congressional Committee has erased a $2 million debt and starts the new year with about $2.7 million in the bank, according to a report that will be filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission.
The NRCC's political counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, holds a significant cash advantage over the GOP with $17 million in the bank heading into the 2010 election.
The NRCC will report raising more than $3.2 million last month, while spending about $4.9 million. Of the $4.9 million, $2 million was used to clear the committee of its debt.
(CNN) – President Obama is pledging the Federal Government will reduce its greenhouse gas pollution by 28 percent by 2020, according to a statement from the White House.
“As the largest energy consumer in the United States, we have a responsibility to American citizens to reduce our energy use and become more efficient,” Obama said in the statement. “Our goal is to lower costs, reduce pollution, and shift Federal energy expenses away from oil and towards local, clean energy.”
Full statement after the jump
(CNN) – Minnesota governor and possible 2012 GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty's political action committee will report that it raised more than $1.2 million the past three months, a source close to Pawlenty tells CNN.
In papers to be filed with the Federal Election Commission this weekend, Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC will report that it raised $1,279,906.36 the last three months of last year, from over 2,750 donors. The committee spent $395,831.17 during that same period, including contributions to the campaign committees for Senator-elect Scott Brown, Ohio Senate candidate Rob Portman, New York conservative congressional candidate Doug Hoffman, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina and the Minnesota congressional delegation.
Pawlenty rolled out his political action committee in October, which allows him to travel the country and raise money in support of other Republican and conservative candidates.
"As more people learn about the Governor, they're really impressed by his record in Minnesota, and his natural ability to connect with people. He's an optimistic, authentic leader with a conservative record of balancing budgets and passing innovative reforms," says Phil Musser, senior adviser to the PAC. "The PAC is off to a solid start, and we look forward to playing a big role in the ideas debate, and in supporting the next generation of Republican leaders."
Pawlenty announced last summer he would not seek a third term as governor next year, fueling speculation he is setting his sights on a presidential bid instead. Following that announcement, he became a frequent speaker at major Republican and conservative conferences across the country. He also took on a high profile role as vice chairman of the Republican Governor's Association. And he also announced a group of new advisers, several of whom advised Pawlenty's possible 2012 rival - former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney - during his 2008 presidential bid.
Washington (CNN) - The White House is considering moving the site of the September 11 attack trial from Manhattan if the U.S. Justice Department sees fit, senior administration officials confirmed Friday.
"Conversations have occurred within the administration to discuss contingency options should the possibility of a trial in Lower Manhattan be foreclosed upon by Congress or locally," a senior administration official said.
The turnabout comes after New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other politicians expressed great concern over the costs and disruption of holding the September 11 trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four accomplices at a courthouse near ground zero in Lower Manhattan.
Washington(CNN) - Although the overall stimulus bill is unpopular, most of its basic provisions are favored by a large majority of Americans, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday morning indicates that 80 percent of the public favors government spending on roads and bridges, and 83 percent approves of aid to unemployed workers. Seven in 10 support the idea of spending some of that stimulus money on tax cuts, and 62 percent think it's a good idea to increase spending on mass transit projects.
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Then why is the stimulus bill so unpopular?
"Because, as we have seen throughout the week, there is much skepticism that the bill is wasteful, full of politically-motivated projects, and has benefitted fat cats at the expense of ordinary Americans," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The positive aspects of the stimulus bill, such as infrastructure improvements and tax cuts, seem to have taken a back seat to those negatives."
According to a CNN poll released Sunday, 56 percent of the public opposes the stimulus, with 42 percent supportive of the plan. Last March, just weeks after the stimulus bill was signed into law by President Obama, a CNN survey indicated that 54 percent supported the program, with 44 percent opposed.