(CNN) - Joe Miller hit back at his on-again opponent Sen. Lisa Murkowski Monday, saying she broke her word to voters by announcing her plans to run as a write-in candidate in the Alaska Senate race.
"I won the Republican primary with the largest Republican voter turnout in the history of this state, and we've had an extraordinary number come behind this campaign in the days following that, and even more coming behind this campaign after [Murkowski] announced her write-in campaign, which of course contradicted the word she gave just a few days before the primary that she would support the victor of the Republican primary," Miller told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
Murkowski was defeated in Alaska's GOP primary by the once-little-known Miller, who enjoyed the backing of Tea Party activists and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Just a few weeks after conceding the race, Murkowski announced that she would mount a write-in campaign, following an outpouring of support that gave her a "moment of pause from her previous plans to wrap up her career as a senator," a Murkowski spokesman told CNN.
Middletown, Delaware (CNN) - It doesn't look like the typical headquarters of a GOP senatorial nominee. About eight employees are right now jammed in the living room area of a non-descript townhouse near Wilmington, Delaware. This is where Christine O'Donnell's campaign runs one of the most talked-about races in the country. She's already beaten one political machine and is taking on another, but this shoestring staff is still struggling to hire more people and streamline communications. We're told that some members of the campaign staff of 10 work downstairs in this townhouse by day and live upstairs at night. When we asked if O'Donnell lives there, we were told she "sometimes stays here."
This staff is still dealing with the phenomenon of overnight notoriety, and that includes fending off withering attacks by O'Donnell's opponents. They're coming at her hard, playing up comments she made more than a decade ago when she said she "dabbled in witchcraft," and focusing on accusations that she misused campaign money for her personal expenses. O'Donnell was not at the townhouse to answer our questions on those topics, so her staff fielded them.
(CNN) - Sarah Palin ended the nearly nine-month 2010 primary season on an up note last week as more of the candidates she endorsed clinched their party's nominations.
Last Tuesday's primaries saw five Palin-endorsed candidates prevail over their opponents. Kelly Ayotte won the GOP nomination for New Hampshire Senate, with a 1,667 vote-lead over Tea-Party-backed candidate Ovide Lamontagne. "Real World Boston" and "Road Rules: All-Stars" alum Sean Duffy secured the GOP nomination in Wisconsin's 7th congressional district, and Michael Grimm will be the GOP nominee in New York's 13th House district this fall. John Gomez ran unopposed for the GOP nomination in New York's 2nd House district primary race, and Christine O'Donnell upset Rep. Mike Castle after receiving a late nod from Palin five days before Delaware's GOP Senate primary.
President Obama made a quick stop to order cheesesteaks while stumping in Philadelphia. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/AFP)
Phildadelphia (CNN) - If there's one thing a politician must eat when he's in Philadelphia, it's a cheese steak.
And true to form, President Obama made a quick stop to order four Monday at an unannounced stop at a farmer's market. Not exactly keeping with the first lady's healthy eating initiative but everyone needs some protein and fat.
Obama ordered four Philly cheese steaks topped with sweet peppers and mushrooms, at the Reading Terminal Market which is a meat and produce market in downtown Philadelphia.
After shaking hands with some of the crowd, he ordered the steaks and handed over $1. His personal aide, Reggie Love, had to step in to pay the rest of the tab to the vendor, according to pool reporters on the scene.
(CNN) - Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell's campaign is calling "frivolous" a watchdog group's charge the candidate used campaign funds for personal expenses in a complaint filed with authorities Monday.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed complaints with the Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Election Commission against O'Donnell, charging that more than $20,000 of O'Donnell's spending in 2009 and 2010 was illegal because O'Donnell was no longer a candidate.
"By committing tax evasion, false statements, and basically embezzling her campaign funds, Ms. O'Donnell has basically broken criminal law, and must be held to account for that," CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan told CNN.
A group of nine disability rights activists handcuffed themselves to the fence surrounding the White House on Monday afternoon, briefly causing a partial lockdown of the residence's north grounds, according to a Secret Service spokesman.
Several of the activists were in wheelchairs or motorized carts, the spokesman said.
One man was arrested for disorderly conduct and assault against a police officer, the spokesman added.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee raised nearly $11 million last month, a Democratic source tells CNN Monday.
That brings to $74.6 million the amount of money raised by the DNC this year, according to the source, who also says that the party committee has $13.4 million cash on hand as of the end of August, with $8.4 million in debt.
The DNC raised $11.5 million in July.
New York (CNNMoney.com) - President Obama said Monday that his economic policies helped prevent a depression, although he acknowledged that many Americans are still struggling.
In a town hall meeting sponsored by the CNBC cable network, Obama responded to questions from unemployed workers, recent college graduates, small business owners and one prominent hedge fund manager. He sought to reassure middle class families that the American dream is still attainable, while at the same time rebutting criticism that he is anti-business.
The meeting came on the same day that the National Bureau of Economic Research said the Great Recession, which began in December 2007, officially ended in June 2009.
However, economists are debating whether the U.S. economy is headed for another downturn, a so-called double-dip recession.
Washington (CNN) - House Republicans plan to unveil what amounts to a campaign blueprint on Thursday in suburban Virginia, GOP sources have told CNN.
The much anticipated announcement comes after a nearly three-month-long listening session with the public online and through town hall meetings, dubbed "America Speaking Out," and is intended to show that House Republicans would have a governing agenda if rewarded with majority control in the congressional elections on November 2.
Many GOP strategists call such an agenda - like the 1994 Contract with America - a critical missing ingredient for Republicans this election season to help give voters a reason to vote for GOP lawmakers, not just against Democrats.
Washington (CNN) - The Pentagon is trying to be low-key about today's Lady Gaga rally in Maine. When asked if Pentagon officials would be watching Lady Gaga's rally to urge Senators to repeal "don't ask don't tell" a senior defense official said, "No, not really."
A second defense official says the event is clearly aimed at the political side of the argument, and isn't likely to sway the minds of military officials one way or another.
The top brass is already on record with their opinions: both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen have said publicly they support repealing "don't ask don't tell," but the defense official says troops as a whole have wildly different opinions on the issue.