Washington (CNN) - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has passed a resolution that condemns what it feels is rampant racism in the Tea Party movement. Members passed the measure on Tuesday at the NAACP's 101st annual convention being held in Kansas City, Missouri.
Tea Party activists have swiftly denounced the action as unfounded and unfair.
The resolution pits the nation's oldest civil rights organization, with a storied history of wins on behalf of racial justice, against a grassroots conservative movement that has won some recent political races and is flexing its muscle in Republican circles.
“We take no issue with the Tea Party. We believe in freedom of assembly and people raising their voices in a democracy,” NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous said in a statement.
Washington (CNN) – White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has clarified his recent remarks about the possibility that Democrats could lose control of the House of Representatives in this November's midterm elections.
Asked Sunday during an NBC interview whether the Democratic majority in the House was in jeopardy, Gibbs acknowledged what many observers see as a political reality four months before Election Day.
"I think there is no doubt there are a lot of seats that will be up, a lot of contested seats," Gibbs told NBC. "I think people are going to have a choice to make in the fall, but I think there's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control. There's no doubt about that."
The Obama aide's comments caused a firestorm, with Republicans seizing on the remarks to bolster their standing as they focus on the midterms and with leading Democrats openly disagreeing with Gibbs.
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Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Gibbs explained his remarks.
"I think I said that there are enough seats in play and I think that's true," Gibbs said when asked whether he regretted saying Democrats might lose the House.
He added, "I think we'll retain the House. I was asked if there's enough seats in play and I think there are."
To achieve a majority in the House, Republicans need to pick up 39 seats in November's elections.
–CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.
Washington (CNN) - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has passed a resolution that condemns, what it feels, is rampant racism in the Tea Party movement. Members passed the resolution on Tuesday at the NAACP's annual convention being held in Kansas City, Missouri.
The action pits the nation's oldest civil rights organization, with a storied history of wins in various bouts for racial justice, against a grassroots conservative movement that has won some recent political races and is flexing its muscle in Republican circles.
Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration aims to cut the annual number of new HIV infections in the United States by 25 percent over the next five years, according to a nationwide HIV/AIDS strategy unveiled Tuesday.
Federal officials are also seeking to combat a growing sense of complacency about the disease, partly by reducing the percentage of infected Americans who are unaware of their status.
Specifically, the strategy focuses on three key areas: reducing the number of people who become infected, increasing access to care, and decreasing HIV-related health disparities.
Washington (CNN) - The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a confirmation hearing next Tuesday for Gen. James Clapper, President Barack Obama's nominee for director of National Intelligence, according to committee Chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.
Updated: 8:20 p.m.
Washington (CNN) - Americans are divided over how President Barack Obama is handling his job in the White House, according to a new average of the most recent national surveys.
A CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Tuesday indicates that 47 percent of the public approves of the job Obama's doing in office, with 46 percent disapproving of how the president is handling his duties. According to the CNN Poll of Polls, Obama's approval rating has slowly deteriorated this year, and has been below 50 percent since early March.
This latest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of the three national surveys conducted so far in July: CBS News (July 9-12), ABC/Washington Post (July 7-11) and the Gallup tracking poll (July 9-11).
So how does Obama's approval rating a year and a half into office compare to his most recent predecessors?
Washington (CNN) - One day after Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle said that a Republican senator has "outlived his usefulness," Democrats on Tuesday are claiming Angle "thinks people who criticize her political positions should die." In response, her campaign is blasting that characterization of her remarks as "absurd."
"Outlived" and "die" are the latest entrants in an increasingly bitter war of words between Angle, her supporters - and her detractors. Both sides are throwing sharp verbal knives as Angle hopes to oust the most powerful Democrat in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The Democratic National Committee is responding to comments Angle made to Neil Cavuto of Fox News on Monday. In that interview, Angle was asked to respond to recent comments from Republican Sen. Robert Bennett.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Tuesday announced the broad outlines of an energy bill he said he will bring to the floor in two weeks. The legislation, cobbled together after months of politically sensitive negotiations, will likely include a controversial cap on emissions from electric utilities that could make it very difficult for the bill to pass.
Reid declined to give specifics of "the rough draft," but said it would have four main sections. The first will be a response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The second will focus on clean energy, consumer savings, and jobs. The third deals with reducing consumption, and the fourth is aimed at reducing emissions from power plants.
"At this stage, we haven't completed it, but we're looking at a way of making sure that when we talk about pollution, that we're focused just on the utility section," Reid told reporters after a meeting with Senate Democrats.
(CNN) – Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul's campaign chairman David Adams has left the campaign, a Paul aide told CNN Tuesday.
"He decided he preferred in-state politics to federal politics," Paul campaign manager Jesse Benton said in an email. "He's a great guy and will be missed."
The Associated Press reported that Adams is leaving to run the campaign of an "unnamed gubernatorial ticket."
Adams had served as Paul's campaign manager throughout the Republican's upstart primary bid, but was replaced in that role by Benton after a disastrous string of national media interviews in which Paul made controversial remarks about the Civil Rights Act.