Washington (CNN) - New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to speak to House Republicans Wednesday at their morning conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club, according to two GOP sources.
Christie has been campaigning for House and Senate GOP candidates across the country and has become a popular figure among conservatives since he upset New Jersey's Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine in the reliably blue-leaning state in 2009.
Wednesday's conference meeting is likely the final meeting of all House Republicans before they head out on the campaign trail to make their final five week push to try to win back control of the House of Representatives.
(CNN) - Delaware state Attorney General Beau Biden said his state's Republican Senate nominee, Christine O'Donnell, "should be taken seriously."
"She should be taken seriously. [Democratic Senate nominee] Chris [Coons] is taking her seriously. My party is taking her seriously," Biden told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King in an interview set to air Wednesday.
O'Donnell has received national attention for a number of controversial comments she made in the 1990s.
(CNN) - On issue after issue Tuesday, President Barack Obama kept returning to a campaign theme he repeated like a mantra - voters have a choice of supporting Democrats in November to continue moving the nation forward, or backing Republicans to return to failed policies of the past.
The president faced a range of questions at a town hall-style meeting in the yard of a home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but no matter the topic - education, small businesses, military veterans, clean energy - he repeatedly reminded listeners that the upcoming congressional elections would be their time to decide.
"I hope everybody is going to pay attention and do their homework and find out about candidates," Obama said at the end of the hour-long event. "And I think what you'll find is, is that when you're making choices for governor and you're making choices for Senate and Congress, that these choices are going to mean something."
(CNN) - An appeals court has lifted an injunction imposed by a federal judge, thereby allowing federally-funded embryonic stem-cell research to continue while the Obama administration appeals the judge's original ruling against use of public funds in such research.
(CNN) - As President Barack Obama arrives in Iowa, a new survey suggests that a majority of likely voters in the state disapprove of the job he's doing in the White House.
According to a Des Moines Register Iowa Poll released Tuesday, 55 percent of likely voters give Obama a thumbs down on how he's performing as president, with 42 percent saying they approve of how he's carrying out his duties. The president's disapproval rating is up five points from February, with his approval rating edging down two points.
Among the wider pool of all Iowa adults, the survey indicates that 50 percent disapprove of the job Obama's doing, with 45 percent giving him a thumbs up.
(CNN) - Former President Jimmy Carter, who had an upset stomach during a flight to Cleveland, Ohio, will spend the night in the hospital before resuming his book tour Wednesday, the Carter Center said in a statement.
Carter was taken Tuesday morning to MetroHealth Hospital, where he was under observation and resting comfortably, the Atlanta, Georgia-based center said. His doctor recommended he stay the night at the hospital to rest, officials said.
"He is fully alert and participating in all decision-making related to his care," the hospital said about Carter, who received a phone call from President Barack Obama. "The decision to admit him overnight is purely precautionary."
Akron, Ohio (CNN) – David Plouffe, one of President Obama's top political advisers, said Tuesday that the Republican Party has been overwhelmed by a "Beck-Palin-Limbaugh wing" that will make it impossible for the GOP to nominate a viable general election candidate in 2012.
"If you are a moderate Republican thinking about running in a primary for any office in 2011 and 2012, you are going to have to think twice, because you are going to get the Mike Castle treatment," Plouffe said in an interview in Ohio, where he is campaigning for Gov. Ted Strickland. "So they are going to nominate more and more extreme Republicans who are doing very well among that Palin-Limbaugh-Beck base."
Washington (CNN) - In a highly unusual move, every Republican member of the House ethics committee issued a statement Tuesday blasting the Democratic chairwoman for "stalling" on making a decision on whether to hold trials for New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel and California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters before November's election.
"Members of the Committee have repeatedly expressed their willingness and desire to move forward with public trials of these matters and have repeatedly made themselves available to the Chairwoman for October settings. In past Congresses, Committee Members have returned to Washington during a recess in an effort to conclude pressing Ethics matters," said the statement, signed by ranking Republican Jo Bonner and the four other GOP lawmakers on the committee.
(CNN) - Statewide absentee or early voting in the midterm elections kicked off Tuesday in the perennial swing state of Ohio.
Ohio joined Nebraska this week in allowing early voting, which is also underway in Georgia, South Dakota, Iowa, Vermont and Wyoming.
(CNN) - With little more than a month to go before Election Day, Democrats in the Rust Belt and elsewhere are latching onto a strategy they believe will help deflect voter criticism over the sluggish economy: accusing opponents of helping to outsource jobs.
At least 26 Democratic candidate or committee-sponsored ads about outsourcing have aired in hotly contested races since the beginning of September, according to a CNN count.
Earlier this month, the ads were focused in Rust Belt states such as Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Now, however, they've made their way to the coasts, from California to South Carolina. Phrases such as "ship our jobs overseas," "sent jobs to China," and "outsourcing jobs" are now common refrains in closely contested districts and states nationwide.