(CNN) - Swinging through Iowa Wednesday to promote his new book, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested he and his wife may be spending a lot of time in the key campaign state next year.
Though declining to discuss the specifics of his political future, Gingrich said his wife - who attended college in Iowa - may be preparing to make an extended return to the Hawkeye State.
"She likes being in Iowa and its very possible she'll be spending a lot of time in Iowa," he joked with reporters in Des Moines, according to CNN affiliate KCCI.
Gingrich has repeatedly left to the door open to a presidential run, saying last January that he considers his name to be on "a list of seven or eight possible candidates at this stage."
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is extending the moratorium on permits to drill new deepwater wells for six months, a White House official said Thursday.
Obama will be discussing a presidential commission's safety review of offshore drilling, an evaluation spurred by the deadly explosion on a Gulf of Mexico oil rig - an accident that has caused a devastating oil spill.
The official said the moratorium will continue as the commission works to "determine how to prevent this from ever happening again."
"In addition, the planned exploration off the coast of Alaska in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas will be delayed pending the commission's review and the August lease sale in the Western Gulf will be cancelled. The lease sale off the coast of Virginia will also be cancelled due to environmental concerns and concerns raised by the Defense Department," the official said.
Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration unveils its National Security Strategy on Thursday and it will be the first time a president explicitly recognizes the threat posed to the country by radicalized individuals at home, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser said.
The security strategy acts as a blueprint for how a White House administration intends to protect Americans. In the past, it has focused mostly on international threats.
But a spate of terror-related plots in the United States recently prompted the Obama administration to include homegrown terrorism in the document, National Security Adviser John Brennan said Wednesday.
Homegrown terrorism represents a new phase of the terrorist threat, he said.
(CNN) - When Rabbi Jack Moline recently confronted his friend Rahm Emanuel about mounting Jewish anxiety over the Obama administration's Mideast policy, he was surprised at the White House Chief of Staff's response: to invite Moline and more than a dozen other rabbis to the White House for a nearly two-hour conversation.
But what really surprised Moline, who leads a northern Virginia synagogue, was that Emanuel invited the whole group back a couple of weeks ago for another long sit-down.
"We invited rabbis who'd been supportive of the president since the election," said Moline, who helped organize the two meetings of rabbis from across the country. "And who found themselves concerned about his approach to the Middle East process."
As the Obama administration steps up efforts to restart the Middle East peace process - with U.S.-moderated talks between Israel and Palestinian leaders starting earlier this month and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scheduled to visit the White House next week - it has launched a simultaneous campaign to allay fears within the American Jewish community over how that process will work.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Robert Byrd, D-West Virginia, announced Wednesday that he would support an amendment to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gay and lesbian servicemembers after securing a change that would delay implementation of the repeal for 60 days after certification of a military review.
Washington (CNN) - The vast majority of Americans still say economic conditions in the country remain poor, but the public appears less pessimistic about the economy than they did earlier this year, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday morning indicates that 78 percent say economic conditions today are somewhat or very poor, with 22 percent saying the economy's in good shape.
Thirty-seven percent of people questioned in the poll say economic conditions are currently very poor, but that number is down seven percentage points from February.
"There are some major regional differences," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The number of people in the Northeast and Midwest who think the economy is in very poor shape has gone down by 10 to 12 points since February, compared to only a three-to-five point change in the South and West. Westerners remain most pessimistic about the state of the economy, with 46 percent saying that it is in very poor shape, compared to only 33 percent in the Northeast."
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CNN: Poll: Support for border crackdown grows
Public support for beefing up security along the U.S. border with Mexico and deporting all illegal immigrants has grown significantly, according to a new national poll. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that nearly nine out of ten Americans want to beef up U.S. law enforcement along the border with Mexico. The poll's Wednesday morning release comes one day after an administration official told CNN that President Barack Obama will deploy up to 1,200 more National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico and will request $500 million to supplement current spending for enhanced border protection and law enforcement activities.
CNN: 'This did not have to happen,' Stupak says of oil spill
A Democrat leading congressional hearings into the causes of the Gulf oil spill said Wednesday that the catastrophe could have been avoided if the companies responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil rig had heeded a series of warning signs in the hours leading up to the rig's explosion. And Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, also said that many of the federal regulatory agencies charged with protecting the public have been "devastated" due to a lack of funding during the Bush administration. Stupak sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is the chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Stupak's subcommittee issued a report Tuesday that detailed a number of warning signs missed by rig operators prior to its explosion on the night of April 20.
CNN: Plaquemines Parish president blasts federal response to oil spill
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser on Wednesday blasted the federal government's response to the oil spill that has fouled more than 100 miles of the state's coast, and called for its point man to step aside. "Thad Allen should resign," Nungesser told CNN, referring to the U.S. Coast Guard admiral who has been leading the government's effort. "He's done absolutely nothing. He's an embarrassment to this country."
Washington Post: 100,000 teachers nationwide face layoffs
Senior congressional Democrats and the Obama administration scrambled Wednesday to line up support for $23 billion in federal aid to avert an estimated 100,000 or more school layoffs in a brutal year for education budgets coast to coast. As early as Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee expects to take up a bill that couples the school funding with spending for the Afghanistan war - a measure that has bipartisan support. But a parallel push in the Senate stalled this week after a leading proponent concluded that he couldn't muster enough votes to surmount Republican opposition.
CQ Politics: Ross Says Tea Party Is Fueling His Momentum
When former Fox News political commentator Angela McGlowan entered Mississippi’s 1st district GOP primary in February, there was some speculation that she might harness the anti-establishment sentiment and give highly touted state Sen. Alan Nunnelee a run for his money. Four months later, McGlowan seems to have flamed out while former Eupora Mayor Henry Ross, who filed for the Republican race in early January, has suddenly found himself with late momentum. With just days to go before the June 1 primary, Ross is working to force Nunnelee into a June 22 runoff.
CNN: Cheney picks a side in South Carolina governor's race
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is picking a side in yet another contested Republican primary, this time endorsing Rep. Gresham Barrett in his bid for South Carolina governor. Cheney weighed in to defend Barrett's biggest liability in the four-way GOP primary – his vote in favor of the 2008 Wall Street bailout.