Washington (CNN) – Rep. Darrell Issa has a message for Michael Steele: Represent the consensus view of the Republican Party, or resign as chairman of the Republican National Committee.
"Michael Steele is supposed to reflect a consensus of Republican platform and policies," the Republican said during a taping of C-SPAN's 'Newsmakers' program. "If he does that, he certainly could remain. If he's not willing to do that, if he wants to be a political leader on his own, there are plenty of seats open in November. I suggest he run for one of them."
Steele has been under fire for suggesting that the war in Afghanistan is one "of Obama's choosing" and that the conflict might be unwinnable.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama told an Israeli television network that he thinks there can be a Middle East peace agreement by the end of his current term, but "it's going to be wrenching."
In an interview conducted Wednesday with Channel 2 Israel that was made public Thursday, Obama said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might be "well positioned" to bring about a deal with the Palestinians because of his reputation as a conservative "hawk."
"The Israeli people are going to have to overcome legitimate skepticism and more than legitimate fears in order to get a change that I think will secure Israel for another 60 years," Obama said of a peace agreement. He also said of a deal: "It will be wrenching."
Aspen, Colorado (CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder suggested Thursday that the Justice Department might not only be focused on BP in its Gulf Coast oil spill investigation.
"We opened a criminal investigation but did not indicate what the subject of the investigation was," Holder told CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer at the Aspen Institute's 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival. "There are a variety of entities and a variety of people who are the subjects of that investigation."
"For people to conclude that BP is the focus of this investigation might not be correct," Holder added.
(CNN) – California Sen. Barbara Boxer said Thursday that voters in her state want to solve the problem of illegal immigration – but don't want to follow in Arizona's footsteps.
"They [voters] much prefer comprehensive immigration reform and they understand that if every state decides to do their own laws, we'll be in chaos," Boxer said in an interview that aired tonight on CNN's John King, USA.
A number of national polls suggest that a majority of Americans support Arizona's controversial immigration law.
(CNN) – Within hours of the Justice Department's announcement Tuesday that it would file a lawsuit challenging Arizona's tough new immigration law, thousands of contributions began flowing in to a legal defense fund set up by Gov. Jan Brewer to defend the bill she signed in April.
By the end of Wednesday, more than 6,300 donations totaling more than $300,000 had been processed through KeepAZsafe.com. More than 10,000 contributions totaling nearly $500,000 have rolled in to the fund since its inception in mid-June, according to an analysis conducted by the state and provided to CNN.
The donations, which range from $5 to $2,000, have come from every state in the country.
Aspen, Colorado (CNN) - Upstart Twitter recently realized it should make the rounds in Washington, so co-founder Biz Stone did what any Silicon Valley entrepreneur would do: bought a suit.
Stone went to Capitol Hill in late April visiting with staffers and congressman. He talked about his visit Tuesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival responding to a question about the company's involvement in Washington.
"Washington thinks we're like a 10,000 people organization with the Washington office and we're just ignoring them," Stone said.
(CNN) – Republican candidate Meg Whitman is sign-posting her desire for Latino voters in the California gubernatorial race - literally, with billboards and bus stop advertisements.
The new outdoor advertising campaign includes Spanish language ads opposing Proposition 187 and the Arizona immigration law.
Proposition 187 was the California initiative passed in 1990s that would have cut off public services to illegal immigrants but ultimately was killed in the courts. Arizona's new immigration law requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's reason suspect they're in the United States illegally.
(CNN) – Republican Rob Portman out raised Democrat Lee Fisher by a more than two-to-one margin the past three months in the battle for Ohio's open Senate seat.
Portman's campaign announced early Thursday that it brought in $2.65 million in the second quarter of this year. Hours later, the Fisher campaign announced it raised more than $1 million dollars during the same three month period.
The Portman campaign also says it has $8.8 million cash on hand, far more than the over $1 million the Fisher campaign says it has in the bank.
Washington (CNN) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that new rules governing interaction between members of the press and the military are a result of "flat out sloppy" media relations efforts on the part of military officials in recent years.
A memo issued by Gates last week requires military officials to notify the Pentagon before providing interviews on potentially sensitive subjects.
The memo was released shortly after Gen. Stanley McChrystal was relieved of his duties as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, following the publication of a Rolling Stone magazine article in which the general and his staff were quoted criticizing and mocking key administration officials.
(CNN) – For all the power and privileges associated with the Office of the President of the United States, very rarely does the White House venture into the world of professional sports.
Sure, sports champions often stop by the White House for a photo-op and President Obama threw out the first pitch at National's Park this year. Obama even makes trips to the golf course.
But the president's real passion is for basketball, and by the most tenuous of threads, there appears to be a small White House connection to tonight's highly anticipated announcement by LeBron James.