Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a tongue-in-cheek Web site Tuesday "to provide Sarah Palin with a guide as to which of the more than 55 competitive House Republican primaries to get involved in."
The DCCC calls the site "Palin's Primaries" and "will highlight the most divisive and messiest House Republican primaries in the country."
The group claims Palin set off a "Republican Civil War" when she endorsed Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate in New York's Republican-leaning 23rd congressional district, over Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava last October. Scozzafava bowed out of the race and supported Democrat Bill Owens who went on to win the election.
The first set of House races listed on the Web site include open seats in New Hampshire and Tennessee.
Palin, the Republican Party's 2008 vice-presidential nominee, told activists at the Tea Party convention earlier this month that she believes competitive primaries are good for the party and produce the best candidates for general elections.
"Let's not be afraid of contested primaries," Palin said.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney endorsed Sen. John McCain, one of the former Massachussetts governor's main competitors for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, for re-election to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.
"Senator McCain's record of service and sacrifice for America is honored by all," Romney said in a statement. "But I believe that it is his core values of courage, faith and honor – forged in battle and confirmed by a lifetime of service to America – that make Senator McCain's leadership in the United States Senate so necessary in these perilous times."
Romney said it is "hard to imagine the United States Senate without John McCain."
McCain faced off with Romney in 16 Republican primary debates but bowed out of the primary race after the Super Tuesday contests.
McCain faces a primary challenge from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.
Over the past few weeks, McCain has announced endorsements from top conservatives like Dick Armey of FreedomWorks and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. Last month, McCain's 2008 running mate, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, announced that she would travel to Arizona to campaign with McCain in late March. Palin's popularity with voters on the right could help McCain with some Republican voters who question his commitment to conservative values and goals.
Sen. Scott Brown, whose victory in last month's special senate election in Massachusetts energized the GOP, has also said he'll stump with McCain early next month. And Arizona's Republican congressional delegation announced last week that it will support the four-term senator.
(CNN) - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is making a modest rebound in polls, a new survey released Tuesday shows.
According to the Quinnipiac University poll, 48 percent of Ohio voters approve of the job that Strickland is doing as governor, with 4 in 10 disapproving. The 48 percent approval rating is up 3 points from a November 2009 rating of 45 percent, which was the Democratic governor's lowest score in Quinnipiac polling since he won office in 2006.
The survey indicates that Strickland, who's battling for a second term, leads probable Republican challenger John Kasich 44 percent to 39 percent in a hypothetical general election matchup. Strickland and Kasich, a former congressman, were deadlocked at 40 percent in Quinnipiac's November poll.
"There has been an improvement in voters' views of Gov. Ted Strickland," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The movement is a few points, but it is consistent across a number of measures. Voters, however, remain negative on his handling of the state budget and the state economy."
(CNN) – Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth is putting to rest any notion that he is a "birther," a believer in the unsubstantiated theory that President Obama is not a natural born U.S. citizen and, therefore, not eligible to be president of the United States.
At a press conference Monday, the former congressman was repeatedly asked about recent comments which appeared to suggest he believes Obama was not a citizen.
"I believe that Barack Obama is an American citizen," Hayworth said.
After several questions Hayworth added, "Barack Obama is the president of the United States."
Hayworth is challenging Arizona Sen. John McCain in this year's Republican primary..
Last week in an interview with CNN's Campbell Brown, Hayworth raised the issue of identity theft as one reason some members of the public might be concerned about Obama proving he is a U.S. citizen. Hayworth was responding to Brown's query about comments he'd made in late January where he called on Obama personally to produce a birth certificate instead of relying on the State of Hawaii to do so.
In his Monday news conference, Hayworth, who recently left a stint as a conservative radio talk show host, said his earlier comments about Obama's citizenship had been inspired by his time working in radio.
"I was talking in another context about what I was hearing on the radio," Hayworth said.
Washington (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney was "feeling good" a day after being hospitalized with chest pains, a source who spoke to Cheney said Tuesday.
The source told CNN the former vice president watched some of the Olympics Games coverage on television Monday night, hours after being admitted to George Washington University Hospital, but was in a "holding pattern" until more tests were conducted Tuesday morning.
A family source told CNN that Cheney's doctors were evaluating his situation, and another source said Cheney, 69, is up and in touch with his family and friends.
CNN's chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta called Cheney's mobility "a good sign."
"If he's up and walking around, talking to friends ... that probably means he's not in the intensive care unit," he said. "They're not doing active procedures on his heart. He's not on a breathing machine or anything like that. No one ever said he was. It's obviously a good sign."
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday morning, only 26 percent of the public trusts the federal government most of the time or always. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Washington (CNN) - When it comes to Americans trust in government, a new national poll indicates it's a matter of location, location, location.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday morning, only 26 percent of the public trusts the federal government most of the time or always. A third of the people questioned in the poll say they trust their state government most or all of the time. But that number surges to 52 percent for those who say they trust local government most or all of the time.
"How broken is government in the mind of most Americans? It depends on how close that government is to them," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Suburbanites are happiest with their local government, with 55 percent of them saying they trust their local government all or most of the time. That same figure for city folk is 50 percent, and for rural Americans, it is 47 percent."
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CNNMoney: Senate takes up jobs bill
The Senate voted Monday to push forward a $15 billion jobs creation bill that would give businesses a tax break for hiring the unemployed. Five Republicans - including newly elected Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. - reached across the aisle to approve the procedural measure, which passed by a 62-30 vote. One Democrat did not support it. A final vote on the bill should take place in a few days.
CNN: White House unveils compromise health care bill
The Obama administration raised the stakes in the health care debate Monday, releasing a new blueprint that seeks to bridge the gap between measures passed by the Senate and House of Representatives last year. If enacted, the president's sweeping compromise plan would constitute the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid more than four decades ago. The White House said it would extend coverage to 31 million Americans.
CNN: Cheney hospitalized with chest pains, staff says
Former Vice President Dick Cheney was hospitalized Monday with chest pains, according to his office. Cheney, 69, is resting comfortably at George Washington University Hospital, and his doctors are evaluating the situation, his staff said in a statement.
New York Times: Lawmakers’ Ties to Toyota Questioned at Start of Inquiries
As Congress prepares to open hearings on Tuesday into Toyota’s rash of safety problems, government watchdog groups are questioning whether the deep financial and personal connections between lawmakers and the carmaker could taint the inquiries.
CNN: AG won't rule out New York for 9/11 trial
Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday did not rule out the possibility that accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four accused accomplices would be tried in New York.
Washington Post: U.S. plans for possible delay in Iraq withdrawal
The U.S. military has prepared contingency plans to delay the planned withdrawal of all combat forces in Iraq, citing the prospects for political instability and increased violence as Iraqis hold national elections next month.
CNN: New GOP groups look to center
Two new conservative groups launched Monday are designed to compete with the Democratic political machine that helped sweep President Obama into office in 2008, organizers say.