(CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is out Friday with its first television ad of the general election, thrusting itself into the deadlocked Senate battle between Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak and former Republican Rep. Pat Toomey.
The 30-second commercial calls Toomey "a Wall Street wheeler-dealer" and says the financial industry is "funding his campaign."
"…Millionaire Toomey helped pioneer the use of derivatives – he called them an 'enormous good,'" the ad's narrator says. "But they wound up nearly destroying our economy."
"Pat Toomey spent his whole life either working on Wall Street or working for Wall Street's interests," DSCC national press secretary Deirdre Murphy said in a statement. "The people of Pennsylvania should have a Senator who stands up for them, not the corporate special interests."
Read Toomey's response after the jump:
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will sign a bill Friday that provides $600 million in emergency funding to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border.
A day earlier, two senators - Democrats Charles Schumer of New York and Ben Cardin of Maryland - returned from their August recess to give the chamber's approval for the bill.
The House of Representatives had already approved the measure.
In the Senate, the bill passed by unanimous consent - a parliamentary term for a voice vote that doesn't require the return of the entire Senate chamber. GOP leaders had agreed to the maneuver.
Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul (left to right) top a list of potential 2012 GOP contenders, according to a new CNN poll.(PHOTO CREDITS: Getty Images)
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Less than three months before the unofficial start of the next race for the White House, a new national poll suggests there is no frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday also indicates that the eventual GOP nominee would have the edge over President Barack Obama if the election were held today.
According to the poll, when asked to choose among a list of nine potential GOP White House hopefuls, 21 percent of Republicans support former Massachusetts Gov. and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for their party's 2012 nomination, with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 18 percent. Romney's three point advantage over the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee is within the survey's sampling error.
TOPICS: 2012 election, Republican nomination, Democratic nomination, Obama vs. Republican
Washington (CNN) - A defiant Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, insisted Friday that neither she nor her staff broke any House rules. Waters also blasted the House ethics committee for failing to schedule a trial that, according to her, would allow her to clear her name.
Given the fact that the committee's investigation has now lasted for over a year, "such a delay is unacceptable," she told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference.
"This case is about fairness," she said. Due process has been denied, and ethics investigators have ignored "key pieces of exculpatory evidence."
Waters, a ten-term Los Angeles congresswoman, is alleged to have helped steer federal bailout money to Massachusetts-based OneUnited Bank - in which her husband had a financial stake. She has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
(CNN) - A man accused of planning a "killing spree" against African-Americans in a 2008 plot that also targeted then-presidential candidate Barack Obama will be sentenced Friday in a federal courtroom in Tennessee.
Daniel Cowart, of Bells, Tennessee, admitted to conspiring with Paul Schlesselman of West Helena, Arkansas, in planning to kill more than 100 African-Americans, according to the Justice Department.
The two are self-described white supremacists who met online through a mutual friend, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Jackson, Tennessee, has said.
The men were arrested in October 2008 after an aborted robbery attempt outside Jackson, according to court records.
The First Family will visit the Gulf Coast this weekend. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)
(CNN) - President Obama and his family will travel to the Gulf Coast this weekend to support businesses that rely on tourists but have been devastated by the oil disaster.
The family will leave Saturday morning for Panama City Beach, Florida.
"Even as the president talks about what our next steps are in our response, obviously part of this will be highlighting the tremendous economic toll that has taken place," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters earlier this week.
(CNN) – It appears Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's political fate will come down to the very narrow sliver of Nevada voters who say they are still undecided about whom to vote for in November's election.
According to a new Mason-Dixon poll conducted for the Las Vegas-Review Journal, Reid leads Republican Sharron Angle by a statistically insignificant 2 points, 46-44 percent, while only 5 percent of Nevada voters report they are undecided. Two percent, meanwhile, said they wanted another candidate with an additional 3 percent indicating "none of the above."
The new survey also suggests Reid's primary campaign strategy – telling voters his leadership post allows him to bring home the bacon for Nevadans – doesn't appear to be widely resonating. A bare majority says Reid's No. 1 post in the Senate isn't a sufficient reason to vote him back into office, while 45 percent agreed Reid's influence is a compelling enough reason to vote for the four-term Democrat.