Washington (CNN) - An independent conservative organization is firing away at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
American Crossroads announced Tuesday that it's releasing a second television commercial in Nevada that targets the four-term Democratic senator, who is up for re-election this year.
The ad, titled "Really," challenges Reid's assertion that he can do more for Nevadans because of his seniority in Congress.
"Unfortunately, Senator Reid's record of taxpayer-funded bailouts, government takeovers and spiraling debt has not helped the hundreds of thousands of Nevadans who are out of work or losing their homes," says American Crossroads chairman Mike Duncan, in an email release. "Nevada and the rest of the country deserve something better than Reid's tired Washington formula of taxpayer-financed pork and attack politics."
(CNN) - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland holds a small lead over his Republican challenger in his bid this year for a second term in office, according to a new poll.
The Quinnipiac University survey, released Tuesday morning, also indicates that more Ohio voters favor than oppose passing an immigration law similar to the new controversial measure in Arizona.
Forty-three percent of those questioned in the poll say they support Strickland, with 38 percent backing former Rep. John Kasich, and 15 percent unsure. Strickland's lead is just within the survey's sampling error. His advantage is basically unchanged from Quinnipiac polls conducted in March and April.
(CNN) - Bristol Palin opens up about the secret life of an American teenager – not necessarily her own life but a forthcoming television drama that bears a similar name.
The daughter of Sarah Palin spoke with CNN about her upcoming guest appearance on the ABC Family drama, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." It will mark Palin's acting debut.
The episode will examine the struggles a pregnant teenager goes through and the relationship she has with her parents. Palin taped the show in March and appears as herself. She admitted being nervous but also said she had a wonderful time filming the scenes.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Just a few days ago, two potential Republican presidential candidates traveled to this Midwestern hub and in a span of 24 hours addressed some of the most powerful GOP conservative activists in the country.
During separate speeches Saturday at the Iowa Republican State Convention, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Rep. Ron Paul never mentioned their possible candidacies for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. But neither had to do so.
It was a given. This is Iowa after all, the first of three very important stops that can make or break a presidential candidacy.
"We have a disproportionate belief that we get to meet the candidates," Ed Failor Jr., president of Iowans for Tax Relief, said as he looked out at the 1,000-plus Republican activists who sacrificed a Saturday morning for the party gathering. "And people are really put out if it isn't easy for them to meet a candidate. So you have got to be willing to do that work here."
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CNN: Senators often talk past Kagan on opening day of confirmation hearing
Elena Kagan was the nominee at her confirmation hearing Monday for the Supreme Court, but you would not be faulted for believing the real spotlight was on those not attending– the conservative members of the bench who drew so much attention from senators on the Judiciary Committee. Time and again, the lawmakers - mostly Democrats– chose to concentrate on the high court's impact on a range of issues - business disputes, privacy and free speech. They set the tone for the intense questioning of Kagan to follow this week - probing how the 50-year-old lawyer who has never been a judge would impact the court for perhaps decades to come.