Washington (CNN) – The Simmons campaign is officially back from the dead.
Rob Simmons, the former three-term Republican congressman, attended a debate Tuesday night in which he eliminated any remaining doubt that he is a candidate for Senate in Connecticut.
"I am running for the United States Senate because I love my country and I don't like where it's going," Simmons said during the debate, according to the Hartford Courant. "I don't like the bailouts, I don't like the unemployment, I don't like the rising deficits, I don't like the foreclosures and in particular, I don't like the … spending that threatens to bankrupt out country."
The status of the Simmons campaign has been a mystery since, after finishing second at the Connecticut GOP convention in May, he suspended his campaign and released most of his staff, but did remain on the primary ballot.
A new CNN poll reveals how Americans feel about immigrants. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)
Washington (CNN) - A new poll indicates Americans have complicated views towards immigrants.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey, the vast majority believe that most immigrants are basically good, honest people who are hard-working. However, nearly seven in ten say that immigrants are a burden on the taxpayer, 62 percent think they add to the crime problem, and 59 percent believe they take jobs away from Americans.
The poll, released Wednesday, asks about all people who have immigrated from other countries in the past ten years, and not just about illegal immigrants in the U.S.
"The results may explain why most Americans think that the policies that made the U.S. a 'melting pot' strengthened the country a century ago but do not make the country stronger today," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
(CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson should not face charges involving alleged attempts to cover up domestic violence claims against a former aide, a retired judge appointed to investigate Paterson's actions concluded in a report issued Wednesday.
The report said Paterson was guilty of "errors of judgment" but committed no crime.
Judge Judith Kaye, a former chief judge of the state appellate court, investigated whether Paterson interfered in the domestic violence case involving David Johnson, a former top aide.
In her report, Kaye said police officials and Paterson made some mistakes in handling the October 31 case involving Johnson and his girlfriend but broke no laws.
Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) - With scant hours to go before a controversial Arizona immigration law goes into effect, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction Wednesday against the implementation of parts of the law.
There are seven lawsuits seeking to block its implementation. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton made her ruling on a lawsuit filed by the federal government.
The law, signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April, requires police to question people about their status if they have been detained for another reason and if there's reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally. It also targets those who hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transport them. It is to go into effect Thursday.
TOPICS: Opinion of immigrants, "melting pot," American Dream
Washington (CNN) - With less than 100 days until November's midterm elections, it appears that President Barack Obama is picking up the pace when it comes to helping out his party with fundraising.
This week the president is headlining four fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee. Wednesday, after giving a speech on the economy in New Jersey and after taping an interview with ABC's "The View" in New York City, Obama is the main attraction at two Manhattan fundraisers - one at the Four Seasons Hotel and one at a private residence. A source with knowledge tells CNN that the private residence belongs to Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
Guests attending the Wednesday night events are asked to give the legal maximum contribution of $30,400 per election cycle, according to a Democratic source.
Washington (CNN) - Just days before her wedding, Chelsea Clinton was spotted by Women's Wear Daily outside the Vera Wang showroom in New York City, sporting an enormous straw hat that drooped over her entire head.
Ostensibly meant to shield her from prying eyes, the hat (and the rest of Chelsea) is featured prominently on the WWDEYE Scoop's website, along with a story detailing some other juicy tidbits about the Clintons' pre-wedding festivities.
In the piece, which was posted online Wednesday, Rosemary Feitelberg said that Chelsea Clinton was "asked on the street what she found most challenging about planning a wedding." Feitelberg writes that, "Clinton looked up briefly but remained silent and lowered her head again." Feitelberg also noted that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended the Vera Wang event with her daughter, and described the nation's top diplomat as scrolling through her Blackberry "momentarily on the sidewalk while waiting for her handlers to disembark."
(CNN) - Sen. John Kerry will voluntarily pay $500,000 in taxes to the state of Massachusetts - a move that forestalls a potential investigation into whether the Bay State's senior senator attempted to evade the hefty levy by docking his $7 million yacht in Rhode Island.
"We've reached out to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and made clear that, whether owed or not, we intend to pay the equivalent taxes as if the boat's home port were currently in Massachusetts," Kerry said in statement. "That payment is being made promptly."
The decision came after Kerry faced a series of questions over why the Massachusetts Democrat decided to dock his new multi-million dollar sloop in neighboring Rhode Island even though it had been reportedly spotted in Massachusetts waters and Kerry maintains residences in Boston and Nantucket.
Rhode Island has been known as a tax-haven for boaters after the state repealed its sales and use tax on boats in the early 1990's. Kerry, who recently purchased the 76-foot yacht in Rhode Island, therefore avoided close to a half-million in taxes.
(CNN) - New York Rep. Charlie Rangel is embroiled in an ethics investigation that has already claimed his position as the chairman of a powerful House committee, but the 20-term congressman still wants to be re-elected.
The proof is in an invitation to a "birthday gala" being held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City that was sent to supporters Tuesday by Rangel's re-election campaign.
Former President Bill Clinton delivered his birthday wishes at the beginning of a video montage that accompanied the invitation. The video also touted a performance by The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
A minimum campaign contribution of $200 is required to attend the party as a "special guest," but the best seats will presumably be reserved for "Sponsors" who donate $2,500.
(CNN) - It's been said Washington is the Hollywood for ugly people, but don't tell a handful of lawmakers that.
The Hill - a daily publication that covers Washington - is out with its annual 50 Most Beautiful People list and six members of Congress have landed coveted spots in the newspaper's yearly roundup of the more attractive Capitol Hill inhabitants.
Coming in at No. 3 is New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's replacement who has lost 40 pounds since joining the upper chamber a year and a half ago.
At No. 7 is California Rep. Judy Chu, the first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress who won a special election to replace current Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. Chu, a psychology Ph.D., says she stays grounded in the Capitol's dizzying halls by "taking a breather every once in a while."
The No. 9 spot is filled by Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., "a known fitness nut," the Hill says, who "converted one the gym's racquetball courts into a space dedicated to martial arts, yoga, pilates and the P90X exercise program."