(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton has recorded an 11th hour robocall for 20-term New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, who is facing five Democratic challengers in a primary race Tuesday.
The last-minute robocall underscores the fact that Rangel is facing in the toughest bid for re-election in his 40-year political career.
On the one-minute call, which is going out Monday night to homes in Rangel's New York City district, Clinton touts Rangel's legislative achievements and the work he's done with the congressman.
"We worked together to create jobs, to turn a persistent deficit into a surplus, and he authored the historic Empowerment Zone legislation," Clinton says.
Listen to the robocall, after the jump:
(CNN) - President Barack Obama will deliver his second "back-to-school" message to the nation's students Tuesday, but this year, no one's complaining.
The speech - to be delivered at Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - encourages students to make the most of their education opportunities.
"Nobody gets to write your destiny but you," Obama will say, according to a text of the speech released Monday night by the White House. "Your future is in your hands. Your life is what you make of it. And nothing - absolutely nothing - is beyond your reach. So long as you're willing to dream big. So long as you're willing to work hard. So long as you're willing to stay focused on your education."
Obama goes on to emphasize the importance of education in the text, saying it "never has been more important."
(CNN) – The architect of President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign Monday sharply criticized remarks made by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over the weekend that President Obama follows a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview.
"Two words that come to mind are 'sad' and 'reprehensible,'" David Plouffe told CNN's John King on John King USA.
"It makes me think . he's probably pretty sure he's going to run for president," Plouffe added, suggesting Gingrich may have been trying to appease the most conservative elements of the Republican Party.
Gingrich has recently made a number of trips to earlier primary states, fueling speculation that a 2012 bid for the Republican presidential nomination is on his mind.
Washington (CNN) - A military spending bill that includes the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay and lesbian soldiers will come up for Senate debate next week, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office.
Reid's spokesman confirmed Monday that the chamber will take up the National Defense Authorization Act on September 20.
The measure, which includes funding for military operations, also contains the controversial provision to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy after the Pentagon concludes a review of the matter in December, and President Barack Obama, the Secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff all give their approval.
(CNN) – If White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel leaves Washington to run for mayor in his hometown of Chicago, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore says he knows who could take his place: himself.
"I'm just willing to come in," Moore told Wolf Blitzer on Monday on CNN's The Situation Room.
"I'll work there everyday, I'll get up with Obama, we'll get up at six in the morning, I'll help light a fire under him, we'll get going, we'll get the job that needs to get done," Moore breathlessly said. "We'll stand up for the American people, stand up for the working people, have some guts. And that's what I think we need."
(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is out Monday with a new ad that blatantly accuses his opponent of siding with domestic violence perpetrators over their victims.
"In the state assembly, Sharron Angle voted to prevent restraining orders from other states from being enforced in Nevada," a Nevada Patrol officer says in the ad. "It would have made Nevada a safe-haven for domestic abusers. Thankfully, other legislators weren't so extreme, because Sharron Angle sided with the abuser, not the abused."
The accusation refers to a vote Angle cast as a Nevada state assemblywoman in 2001 against a bill that would honor restraining orders issued in other states. The bill eventually passed 31 to 9.
The 30-second spot began airing statewide on Monday, according to Reid's campaign.
(CNN) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown apologized Monday for comments he made over the weekend about former President Bill Clinton.
"Bill Clinton was an excellent president. It was wrong for me to joke about an incident from many years ago, and I'm sorry," Brown said in a statement.
Brown's comments were in reaction to a television ad released by his Republican opponent Meg Whitman's campaign, which shows an interview with Clinton – then a presidential candidate running against Brown for the party's nomination – during which he accuses Brown of raising taxes in California when he was governor in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
At a Democratic Party event on Sunday, Brown made a not-so-subtle reference to Clinton's involvement in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
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6:00 p.m. : Delaware GOP Senate Challenger Christine O'Donnell got another conservative boost on Monday when Rep. Michelle Bachmann, a favorite of the tea party groups. Bachmann called into a Lewes, Delaware radio program to push O'Donnell's candidacy. Bachmann serves in the House of Representatives alongside O'Donnell's challenger, Rep. Michael Castle. She told the listeners the more she hears about O'Donnell the more they will like her and that Castle "has a record" that he should not be proud of. "I can't imagine a stronger voice" for conservative beliefs, she said on WGMD's The Bill Coley show.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Brian Murphy is heading into Tuesday's GOP gubernatorial primary in Maryland with a last minute robocall from conservative star Sarah Palin.
Just hours earlier, Sen. John McCain – Palin's former presidential running mate – had announced his support for Murphy's primary opponent, former Gov. Robert Ehrlich in an interview with the AP, saying Ehrlich is "a fine guy."
But the split is not surprising given the roster of candidates Palin has chosen to support this election cycle, as she has often broken with the Republican establishment. Her endorsement of Joe Miller in the Alaskan Senate GOP primary is widely credited with helping to propel the formerly little-known candidate to an upset victory over incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski.