Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Senate ratification of the new nuclear arms treaty with Russia on Wednesday, stressing that it's a critical component of U.S. efforts to keep tabs on Moscow's arsenal.
"It will advance our national security and provide predictability and stability" between the world's top two nuclear powers, she told reporters at the State Department.
The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty signed in April by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev cuts the total number of nuclear weapons held by the United States and Russia by about a third. Specifically, it fixes a ceiling for each country of 1,550 nuclear warheads and 700 deployed nuclear delivery vehicles.
(CNN) – Democrats may be salivating at the opportunity to take on Linda McMahon - the former World Wrestling Entertainment executive who captured Connecticut's GOP Senate nomination Tuesday night – but the ex-wrestling CEO tells CNN she welcomes a fight about her colorful past.
"As my opponents talked more and more about the WWE and issues that may have been relative to programming content ...instead of focusing on the issues, I talked about issues and continued to gain momentum," McMahon told CNN Wednesday morning.
"If my opponents want to talk about soap opera content instead of focusing on issues, I will win again in November," she added.
Washington (CNN) - No clear winner emerged Tuesday from the hard-fought runoff for the Georgia Republican gubernatorial nomination, setting up a possible recount to settle this GOP contest less than three months before the November election.
Ex-Rep. Nathan Deal leads former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel by 2,489 votes, a margin so small that Handel can demand a recount if it holds. Provisional ballots can still be counted until Thursday, while military and overseas votes are due by the close of business on Friday, Georgia Secretary of State spokesman Matt Carrothers told CNN.
The election will be certified next week and if the margin that separates the two candidates is less than one percent, then the loser can request a recount under state law. Right now, the difference between Deal and Handel is 0.4%.
New York (CNN) - Embattled lawmaker Charlie Rangel, who is embroiled in an ethics investigation, celebrates his 80th birthday Wednesday - but the event may lack much of its promised luster.
The "birthday gala" is being held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, a day after the 20-term congressman apologized on the House floor for causing any embarrassment by violating chamber rules.
In a video montage accompanying an invitation sent out to supporters late last month, former President Bill Clinton delivered his birthday wishes.
(CNN) - An incumbent U.S. senator with help from the White House held off a tough primary challenge in Colorado, a former wrestling executive easily won the Republican nomination for the Senate in Connecticut, and a dramatic runoff for the Republican governor's nomination in Georgia was too close to call on a busy primary night Tuesday.
Four states went to the polls with high-profile primaries for governors and the U.S. Senate. Three of the races for governor kept candidates and supporters biting their nails into the early morning hours.
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
Pennsylvania 10th – Rep. Chris Carney (D) is seeking a 3rd term
Primary: May 18, 2010
Location: Northeastern Pennsylvania
Days until Election Day: 83
On paper, Republicans should have an easy time winning an election in Pennsylvania's 10th district, given the region's GOP-friendly demographics and voting history. But an embarrassing sex scandal involving four-term GOP Rep. Don Sherwood opened the door for Democrat Chris Carney to take the seat in 2006 as part of a Democratic wave that year.
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CNN: Georgia runoff too close to call; Bennet gets big win in Colorado
An incumbent U.S. senator with help from the White House held off a tough primary challenge in Colorado, a former wrestling executive easily won the Republican nomination for the Senate in Connecticut, and a dramatic runoff for the Republican governor's nomination in Georgia was too close to call on a busy primary night Tuesday. Four states went to the polls with high-profile primaries for governors and the U.S. Senate. Three of the races for governor kept candidates and supporters biting their nails into the early morning hours.