Los Angeles (CNN) – After being dark for two days in the crucial home stretch of the primary campaign because of a shortage of cash, Republican Senatorial Candidate Tom Campbell is back on the air Thursday with a new television ad touting his electability.
"I do have something neither of my opponents can offer. The Los Angeles Times announced a poll that shows me beating Sen. Barbara Boxer by 7 points. Carly Fiorina loses to Barbara Boxer by 6 points. Let's not lose this historic opportunity to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer," says Campbell in his new ad.
However, that Los Angeles Times/USC survey, which was released this past weekend, also indicates that Campbell, who led the field several months ago, now trailing Fiorina in the GOP primary contest 38 percent to 23 percent. Campbell, a social moderate who backs abortion rights, maintains he can attract the more moderate voters that are needed in order for Republicans to convert the seat come November.
Washington (CNN) – A long and winding road brought Sir Paul McCartney to the White House on Wednesday, where he was honored by the president of the United States and performed some of the most famous songs from his catalogue with the Beatles and after.
President Barack Obama awarded McCartney the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and then, along with a little help from some of his friends, such as Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and others, McCartney rocked the East Room of the White House.
Obama noted McCartney had been involved in writing more than 200 songs that had made the charts of bestsellers, and his songs had stayed on those charts for a cumulative total of over 32 years. McCartney shook his head in wonder at that fact.
New York (CNN) - Gary Vaynerchuck sells wine online, is the co-founder of the social media agency VaynerMedia, and has a simple message to congress: allow technology to make our lives better.
During an interview with CNN this week, Vaynerchuck urged Congress to open up as much data as possible to let entrepreneurs harness the information for good purposes. However, he believes that those in Congress need to first be better educated themselves about emerging media technologies, saying that most senators and representatives don't even understand how to really use Facebook or Twitter.
"It makes me scared," Vaynerchuck said. "This is the biggest culture shift in our lives since the printing press. I would pray that these politicians have an 'expert' on staff."
Chicago, Illinois (CNN) – Two senior members of President Barack Obama's administration have been subpoenaed as witnesses in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, which begins Thursday in a federal courtroom in Chicago, Illinois.
Blagojevich is charged with racketeering and fraud, among other charges.
A senior administration official confirmed that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett have been subpoenaed.
Blagojevich, a two-term Democrat, was impeached and removed from office in January 2009 amid accusations that he had attempted to sell the U.S. Senate seat that had been occupied by Obama before he became president.
The ousted governor is accused of telling his former chief of staff, John Harris, that he wanted "a good gig" in exchange for an appointment to Obama's seat, either in Washington or with a lucrative private foundation.
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CNN Poll: Americans split on top two Obama initiatives
Two of President Barack Obama's top legislative initiatives – health care reform and financial regulation – are getting different reactions from the American public, according to a new national poll. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that a growing number of Americans support increased federal regulation over Wall Street banks and other financial institutions. Six out of ten people questioned in the poll say they favor the legislation, with 38 percent opposed. Support for the bill is up seven points from March, and opposition is down five points. The poll suggests that most Americans continue to oppose the passage of the health care bill which Obama signed into law in April, although the public may be slightly more optimistic about the bill's ultimate effect on the country.
CNN: Romanoff details White House contact over possible job
A Colorado Senate candidate, who is challenging Sen. Michael Bennet in the Democratic primary, said Wednesday that a senior White House aide suggested last year that three administration jobs might be open to him if he abandoned plans to run against Bennet. But the candidate, former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, also noted that he was never offered a position by the White House.
CNN: Obama orders more benefits for same-sex partners of federal workers
President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered executive-branch agencies to extend to employees' same-sex partners the same benefits provided to their opposite-sex partners, to the extent allowed by law. The move followed up on Obama's memorandum last year that extended some benefits to same-sex partners of government workers and ordered federal agencies to review additional benefits that also could be available under existing laws.
Wall Street Journal: Fiorina Pivots to Challenge Boxer in California
With California's Republican Senate primary yet to be decided, front-runner Carly Fiorina is already setting her sights on the November general election and laying the groundwork for a fight against Democratic incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer. Ms. Fiorina's strategy against Ms. Boxer calls for almost no let-up in the campaigning she has waged for months. If she wins Tuesday's GOP primary, Ms. Fiorina said this past weekend, she would challenge Ms. Boxer to "Meet me in Mendota," one of California's most economically stricken cities, with a 45% jobless rate in April.
Politico: Deep pockets for Nevada primaries
Nevada’s Senate Republican primary has taken a heavy financial toll on the candidates salivating for the chance to take down Democratic Sen. Harry Reid, raising questions on whether the eventual GOP nominee can keep pace with the well-financed Senate majority leader who is sitting on more than $9 million in campaign cash. Sue Lowden, the former chairman of the state Republican Party, cut herself a $100,000 check in the final weeks of her primary campaign, adding to the $1.25 million loan she already took out in January. In addition, she paid $220,000 to advertise on Nevada airwaves in the final weeks of her campaign, but it’s unclear how she paid for half that ad buy – since she now appears to be carrying a deficit of some $110,000 into Tuesday’s primary.