Washington (CNN) – Senior presidential aide David Axelrod blasted out an e-mail to supporters on Thursday blaming Republicans for the county's current fiscal woes and blasting them for a devising "cynical accounting trick" to have the Bush tax cuts expire in January.
Echoing a recent White House refrain, he applauds President Barack Obama in the e-mail for "fighting for the middle class."
Washington (CNN) – House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, will lay out his "personal vision" for how Congress needs to be reformed if he becomes speaker of the House in a speech Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.
According to excerpts of his speech obtained by CNN, Boehner will pledge to take input from anyone on how to make "the people's House" work better.
(CNN) - The Tea Party Express says it is going to target Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski - again.
The national Sacramento-based organization announced Thursday that next week they'll unveil a new television and radio ad campaign against Murkowski, who is running in the general election as a write-in candidate.
Washington (CNN) - White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is likely to leave his West Wing post on Friday to explore a bid for Chicago mayor, two sources close to Emanuel tell CNN.
But the sources, who would only speak on the condition of anonymity, stressed that the announcement, which could come at an official White House ceremony with President Obama, may also slide until early next week as final details of Emanuel's departure are still being hammered out.
Update: The Democratic National Committee released a web video Thursday morning attacking House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, of being too close to lobbyists and accusing him of being part of the problem in Washington.
Washington (CNN) - National Democrats are preparing a full-blown campaign accusing House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, of being a Beltway insider – an effort tied to the broader goal of painting all congressional Republicans as beholden to lobbyists and special interests.
Boehner, in line to be speaker if the GOP regains control of the House, will deliver a speech Thursday on congressional reform - a theme that has helped the GOP politically in an election year where voters are frustrated and angry with Washington.
Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin will join forces with Michael Steele and the Republican National Committee next month to hold a pair of fundraising rallies, according to multiple Republican sources.
According to a copy of the invitation acquired by CNN, contributions for the events range from $25 per person to attend one of the rallies to $30,400 per couple for a private meeting and reception with Palin and party leaders.
(CNN) – A confrontation Wednesday night between New York gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino and a reporter threatened to turn physical.
The dustup was captured in an exclusive cellphone video by CNN affiliate YNN Albany. It began with New York Post statehouse columnist Fred Dicker pressing Paladino to back up an explosive allegation he made to the Politico website Wednesday that his opponent, Andrew Cuomo, had taken "paramours" during his marriage to Kerry Kennedy.
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:
Louisiana 03: Rep. Charlie Melancon is running for Senate and leaving behind an open seat.
Primary: August 28, 2010
Location: Houma and Thibodaux, the eye of the Katrina storm.
Days until the election: 33
This seat, which has opened up because three-term Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon is challenging GOP Sen. David Vitter, looks like it is headed into the win column for the GOP. The twist here is that we won't know who the Republican candidate is until October 1, when the GOP holds a run-off between Iraq vet and businessman Jeff Landry and former state House speaker Hunt Downer.
New York (CNNMoney.com) - Lawmakers say China's currency is unfairly cheap and passed a measure Wednesday that opens the door to tariffs that aim to help U.S. companies compete.
The legislation, which authorizes the Commerce Department to impose duties on imports from countries with undervalued currencies, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 348 to 79. The Senate, however, is not expected to take up the issue until later this year.