Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called interim Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski on Monday to congratulate him on his election victory, the White House announced.
Obama "said that the resilience and resolve demonstrated by the people of Poland in the face of their unprecedented tragedy remains an inspiration to the world," a White House statement said, referring to the April 10 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and more than 90 others on their way to a service commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Russian massacre of Polish prisoners of war.
According to the statement, Obama invited Komorowski to Washington and expressed appreciation for Poland's contributions to the war in Afghanistan.
(CNN) - Tom Colicchio wears plenty of hats – chef, restaurateur, Top Chef judge, father of two, son of a lunch lady and now, advocate for H.R.5504, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act.
See his testimony before the House of Representatives and stay tuned for Eatocracy's exclusive interview with Colicchio on the topics of school nutrition, the Gulf Coast oil spill and how he's using Twitter to manage his message.
(CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain released two television ads Monday that continue to hammer home his opponent's past ties to a dubious company that aired infomercials promising viewers information about "hundreds of billions of dollars in government funding."
The company – National Grants Conferences – has been criticized by the attorneys general of multiple states for deceptive marketing and has an "F" rating from the Southeast Florida and Caribbean Better Business Bureau.
J.D. Hayworth, a former Arizona congressman, who appeared in one of NGC's infomercials in 2007, didn't shy away from his involvement with the company during an political roundtable broadcast live online last month.
Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) - U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden has left Iraq, concluding a two-day unannounced visit to the war-torn nation, embassy officials said.
Biden and his wife, Jill, arrived in Baghdad on Saturday to celebrate the Fourth of July with U.S soldiers serving in Iraq.
In her official blog, Jill Biden said one event she and her husband participated in was to join 150 soldiers as they took an oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony.
(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's recent comments about the war in Afghanistan have some GOP senators wondering whether Steele should keep his chairmanship. CNN's Bob Costantini speaks with GOP Adviser Ron Bonjean who says pushing Steele out now would be a bad mistake.
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Washington (CNN) – It may be no surprise, but a new poll indicates that Tea Party supporters and those opposed to the movement don't see eye to eye on some of the top issues facing the nation.
According to a USA Today/Gallup survey released Monday, 61 percent of self-described Tea Party movement supporters say that the federal government's debt is an extremely serious threat to the country, with only 29 percent of self-described Tea Party opponents saying that the debt is an extremely serious threat.
Forty-nine percent of Tea Party supporters say the size and power of the federal government is an extremely serious threat, with only 12 percent of Tea Party opponents agreeing.
(CNN) - Each election cycle is dubbed "the year" - a time when Latinos will show up at the polls in droves and transform the political landscape.
President Obama's renewed push last week for immigration reform has brought with it renewed expectations for the Latino vote.
The issue is considered one of symbolic and substantive importance for the community. Four out of five undocumented immigrants are from Mexico or another part of Latin America, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
While voter turnout among the Latino community has risen in recent years, the adage that there's "strength in numbers" has yet to manifest itself.
Washington (CNN) – South Carolina is home to one less Senate hopeful, after Democrat Linda Ketner announced Monday that she will not accept a petition nomination to appear on the ballot.
Ketner told supporters of her decision in an email in which she said South Carolinians "deserve – and desperately need – better government," before noting that "a last minute campaign without essential resources won't get us that outcome."
"And so, with great appreciation and humility, I thank those who participated in this initiative, and announce I will not accept a petition candidacy. I have asked that the drive be stopped," Ketner said.
A group of former Ketner campaign staffers and allies had been collecting signatures on her behalf, and even launched a campaign-style website for the petition drive.