Santiago, Chile (CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived Tuesday morning in Chile, bringing with her more than two dozen satellite phones and a pledge of U.S. commitment to the earthquake-damaged nation.
"The United States is ready to respond to the requests that the government of Chile has made so we can provide not only solidarity but specific supplies that are needed to help you recover from the earthquake," Clinton said at a brief news conference with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.
"The people of Chile are responding with resilience and strength," Clinton said.
(CNN) - Gov. Bill Ritter of Colorado was hurt in a bicycle accident Tuesday, his office said.
Ritter was hurt shortly after 6 a.m. while riding in Denver, according to a statement from his office.
Doctors and nurses at the Denver Health Medical Center were treating the governor for several injuries, the statement said. He appears to have multiple rib fractures on his right side, it said.
The governor rides with friends two or three times a week. He was with a group of four other riders Tuesday morning when he and another rider collided, the statement said.
"The governor is in good spirits, laughing and joking with hospital staff and his wife Jeannie," it said.
(CNN) - White House aides are saying there's a "strong possibility" President Obama will take on Sen. Jim Bunning during the president's 1230 p.m. ET economic remarks at Savannah Technical College.
The president's staff has already been making political hay out of Bunning's filibuster against extending unemployment benefits.
"This is an emergency situation," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters Tuesday morning. "Hundreds of thousands have been left in the lurch....I don't know how you negotiate the irrational."
12:20 p.m. ET UPDATE: A White House official tells CNN the president and his aides decided at the last minute to drop any reference to Sen. Bunning in his economic remarks to avoid getting mixed up in the "Senate debate du jour" today.
The official said the White House wants the president's remarks to focus instead "on the employment picture in Georgia" and the nation in general, and will let Gibbs' pushback on Bunning stand on its own.
(CNN) - Two-thirds of New York State voters don't want Gov. David Paterson to resign but most question his ability to govern, according to a new poll.
A Marist College Institute for Public Opinion survey released Tuesday morning indicates that 66 percent of New York State registered voters don't think Paterson should resign in wake of a political scandal that ended his hopes of running this year for a full term in office. Twenty-eight percent of those questioned in the poll say Paterson should step down.
The poll was conducted on Monday, March 1, two days after Paterson announced that he would not run for a full term. His announcement came in the wake of news reports that one of his top aides was involved in a domestic violence incident with a woman and that state police later pressured the woman to keep quiet. Paterson has asked New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a possible Democratic contender for the governor's office, to investigate the matter. Paterson has suspended the aide accused of domestic violence, David Johnson, without pay.
Paterson Friday denied any wrongdoing, claiming that he has "never abused (the governor's) office, not now, not ever."
Washington (CNN) - Some new details have emerged about Sen. Scott Brown's trip to Arizona later this week to campaign for fellow Republican John McCain.
McCain's re-election campaign tells CNN that Brown will team up with McCain Friday at a noontime rally at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. On Saturday the two senators will head to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona-University of Southern California basketball game. The campaign says other events will also be scheduled for Saturday.
McCain, 73, is running for a fifth term in the Senate. The 2008 GOP presidential nominee served six years in the House before winning election to the Senate in 1986. McCain hasn't had a difficult re-election since 1992, but this year he's facing a primary challenge for J.D. Hayworth. The former House member served for six terms before losing his 2006 re-election bid. Hayworth, who stepped down last month as host of his conservative talk radio program in Phoenix, says he respects McCain's service but says McCain has been in Washington too long and isn't conservative enough.
Dallas, Texas (CNN) - Texas Republican Party chairwoman Cathie Adams is in the somewhat unusual position of having endorsed one of the candidates in Tuesday's GOP gubernatorial primary.
Though it happens from time to time, party chairs don't often take sides in contested primaries, especially high-profile slugfests like the one in Texas.
Adams threw her support to Gov. Rick Perry over Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison before she became party chairwoman in October, and says that as the head of the state party, she has tried to remain as neutral as possible (despite appearing with Perry at multiple campaign events).
But she's hoping Perry crosses the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid an April runoff against the second-place finisher. A runoff, she said, would be bad for the state party.
"I think it would be very good for our state if we do not have a runoff," Adams told CNN.
"It's going to be very difficult in a three person race for anyone to get over 50 percent," she said. "I am hopeful for that because I want the down-ballot races to get more attention as we go from here into November, not just for economic reasons but also to draw more attention to other candidates."
Washington (CNN) - There is, apparently, an "I" in Team Harold.
In his 764 word New York Times op-ed outlining his reasons for not running for the U.S. Senate in New York, former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. used the word "I" 27 times. He averaged use of the personal pronoun about once every 28 words.
In that context, he uses the word "I" far more than he mentions "New York" (seven times), "New Yorker" (six times), "constituents" (one time) and "voters" (zero) - combined.
For reference, according to the website wordcount.org, the word "I" is the 11th most commonly used word in the English language.
(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania is making gains in his difficult bid this year for re-election, according to a new poll.
A Quinnipiac University survey of Pennsylvania voters released Tuesday morning indicates that Specter leads Republican challenger Pat Toomey 49 to 42 percent in a hypothetical general election matchup. That's up from a 44 percent tie in a Quinnipiac poll conducted in December.
Toomey is a former congressman and former head of the Club for Growth, a limited-government and anti-tax organization. Specter, a five-term senator, switched parties from Republican to Democrat last spring, saying at the time that the difficulty in winning the Republican primary against Toomey was a factor in his decision.
The Quinnipiac poll also indicates that Specter's approval rating stands at 48 percent, with 45 percent disapproving of the job he's doing as senator. The 48 percent approval rating is up 4 points from October.
Dallas, Texas (CNN) - When Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, began her campaign to unseat Gov. Rick Perry early last year, Perry was thought to be in deep trouble.
Hutchison had been elected statewide three times by solid margins. She had loads of cash, strong favorable ratings and a comfortable lead in the polls. Perry, seeking a third full term, had already been in Austin for more than a decade - longer than any Texas governor.
A lengthy feature in Texas Monthly described the looming fight as "the 'Thrilla in Manila' of Texas politics." National pundits billed the primary as a battle for the soul of the Republican Party. Perry, the narrative went, was the arch-conservative. Hutchison offered a more moderate approach.
Fast-forward to March 2010, and Hutchison is limping into Tuesday's primary hoping to scrape together enough votes to force Perry into a six-week runoff. Perry, meanwhile, is being floated as White House contender in 2012.
What changed? Unfortunately for Hutchison, a three-term senator, conservative grassroots anger directed at Washington exploded over the last year. Hutchison has been mostly helpless against the anti-establishment headwind, a fact acknowledged even by her supporters and campaign advisers.