(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush's highly anticipated memoir will hit bookshelves exactly one week after November's midterm elections, Crown Publishers announced Monday.
The book, titled "Decision Points," will focus on 14 "critical and historic" decisions the former president has made throughout his life and in the White House, said Tina Constable, the Vice President of Crown Publishers – a division of Random House.
Bush has made few public appearances since leaving office more than 15 months ago and has yet to sit for a formal media interview. Instead, Crown says, he has spent "almost every day" reflecting on his presidency and writing the upcoming memoir.
Washington (CNN) - In his latest effort at burnishing his profile ahead of a potential White House bid in 2012, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will deliver a foreign policy speech Monday in South Carolina - historically a key primary state.
The speech, at The Citadel in Charleston, will focus on the challenges the country faces on the foreign policy front and how best to tackle them, according to a schedule released by his political team earlier this month.
Santorum's advisers believe he can differentiate himself from his potential 2012 rivals by highlighting his foreign policy credentials.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is urging political supporters to begin preparing for the 2010 midterm elections in a new video message in which he warns that failure to keep Congress in Democratic hands will be a major blow to his agenda.
In the two-minute and 42-second video released Monday, Obama emphasizes that the key to victory for Democrats in November will be convincing the people who helped fuel his 2008 White House bid - first-time voters - to head to the polls for the second time in two years even though he is not on the ballot.
"It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again," Obama says in the video that was sent to the 13 million people on his Organizing for America's email list. OFA was the Obama presidential campaign organization that is now housed at the Democratic National Committee.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama, a diehard Chicago White Sox fan, will test a different kind of diplomacy Monday when he hosts the New York Yankees at the White house.
Derek Jeter and the rest of the Yankees will be in town to celebrate last year's World Series victory. The Yankees' White House trip will be one of many events to mark their win.
Before stopping at the White House, players will take the World Series trophy to the Walter Reed Medical Center in the nation's capital, where they'll visit with wounded soldiers.
Obama has stayed true to his Chicago team. He recently wore a White Sox cap while throwing the first pitch at a home opener for the Washington Nationals.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has scheduled a late afternoon vote Monday to move ahead with a Senate financial reform bill, but Republicans warn they are not prepared to launch debate on the measure.
Leading lawmakers from both parties making the rounds of Sunday political talk shows said a deal is close on a reform bill, but top-ranking Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was among those saying he didn't expect debate to proceed on Monday.
"We don't have a bipartisan compromise yet," McConnell said on "FOX News Sunday." "But I think there's a good chance that we're going to get it."
In an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, the two-term Democrat who campaigned with Obama during his run for the presidency was coy when asked about her own status as a potential Supreme Court pick.
Granholm told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that she was vetted last year for the Supreme Court before Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor.
As to whether the second time might be the charm for her, Granholm deferred saying she “was going to allow the administration to speak on anything on this go-round.”
Granholm did not hold back, however, about whether Obama should be looking at candidates who are not currently sitting federal judges – a suggestion made often by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, whose committee holds hearings on Supreme Court nominees.
“I think it's a very wise move to consider experience that is not just from the judicial monastery,” Granholm told Crowley.
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CNN: Senate negotiators say deal close, but more talks needed
A deal is close on a Senate financial reform bill, the leading negotiators said Sunday, but Republicans warned they are not yet prepared to launch debate on the measure. Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama told NBC's "Meet the Press" that they would continue working Sunday to reach a deal on one of President Obama's top legislative priorities.
CNN: GOP lawmakers seek to halt immigration reform push
Two key Republican lawmakers joined a growing GOP effort Sunday to halt the push for immigration reform, arguing the time is not right to take on the massive and complex issue. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said last week he will make passing a comprehensive immigration bill a priority once the Senate completes its work on a Wall Street reform bill. He cited a controversial new law in Arizona, requiring police to determine whether a person is in the United States legally, as indicating the need for reform on a national level.
Arizona Republic: Immigration law protested by more than 2,500 at state Capitol
To the sound of a conch shell and Native American drumbeats, protesters marched to the state Capitol on Sunday to join about 2,500 others in opposition to Arizona's new immigration law. The 2.5-mile march through downtown Phoenix was led by the civil-rights advocacy group Nahuacalli Embassy of Indigenous Peoples but included a crowd of about 300 people from varied backgrounds. Sunday marked the third day of peaceful protest against Senate Bill 1070, which Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law on Friday. Sunday's protest drew groups from California, Colorado and Texas.
CNN: Graham's exit puts climate change bill in limbo
A climate-change bill that was scheduled to be unveiled at a news conference Monday is now up in the air after Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina walked out of talks. Graham had worked with Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, and Sen. Joe Lieberman, independent from Connecticut, to unveil details of their "tri-partisan" climate-change legislation. But Graham declared Saturday that he was walking out of talks because of Democratic efforts to bring up an immigration reform package.
CNN: In new video, Obama calls on Democrats to focus on midterm elections
President Barack Obama is urging political supporters to begin preparing for the 2010 midterm elections in a new video message in which he warns that failure to keep Congress in Democratic hands will be a major blow to his agenda. In the two-minute and 42-second video released Monday, Obama emphasizes that the key to victory for Democrats in November will be convincing the people who helped fuel his 2008 White House bid – first-time voters – to head to the polls for the second time in two years even though he is not on the ballot.
Washington Post: Republicans and Democrats alike voice optimism about midterm elections
With six months remaining before the November midterm elections, partisans in both parties are finding evidence - some of it contradictory - that things are looking up. Gains are a near-certainty for Republicans in both the House and the Senate. But defining the extent of those pickups, as well as the criteria by which each side might be able to declare victory in November, remains a pitched partisan battle at the moment.
Politico: 2012 prelude: GOP hopefuls go online
President Barack Obama’s prospective 2012 Republican rivals are investing heavily in the Internet, looking to cut into what was an overwhelming advantage for Obama in the 2008 campaign. The online competition has taken a variety of forms. Palin has hired the two young founders of a fan site that zealously defends her honor and upbraids her critics. Pawlenty has hired online consultants from the 2008 presidential campaigns of Romney and Rep. Ron Paul. Gingrich has developed a sophisticated in-house micro-targeting operation. And Huckabee has deployed volunteers to man social networks.