(CNN) – California's National Organization for Women announced its endorsement for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown on Friday, the same day a taped conversation surfaced in which one of Brown's aides called the Republican candidate a 'whore.'
"As governor, mayor, and attorney general, Jerry Brown has promoted and defended women's rights," the group's president, Patty Bellasalma, said in a statement. "Jerry stands for fairness and equality and never ever backs down. We have every confidence that he will do the same as California's next Governor."
"For California women, actions speak louder than words. We know Jerry Brown's record, and we know Meg Whitman's record. The choice is clear. We strongly urge California women to vote for Jerry Brown for governor," Bellasalma added.
(CNN) – Two politicians in their final terms in office faced off Friday over a series of tax cuts that are set to expire on January 1.
Democratic Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said that a small business jobs bill signed by President Obama last week "provided some certainty," but argued the Republican argument for extending the Bush tax cuts for individuals making more than $200,000 a year smacks of hypocrisy.
"That was a good bill last week. That provided some certainty," the Michigan Democrat told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "The - the ability to extend the tax cuts for the middle class and down, I think, are very important. Do the top two percent need that? If you get back to the fiscal conservative argument about paying for it, I think it's really speaking out of both sides of your mouth."
Retiring New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, a Republican, countered: "It would be hard for me to disagree with that more strongly."
(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee is again attacking Democratic Senate candidate and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin for his ties to Washington and President Obama's policies.
"Joe Manchin used to be somebody we could count on. Then Obama and Washington came calling. Manchin changed," the narrator says in new 30-second spot released Friday.
Washington (CNN) - An official with American Crossroads, the third party group associated with Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, welcomes President Obama’s attacks on the organization insisting they’re helping to drive up contributions.
According to American Crossroads, which was founded by former presidential adviser Karl Rove and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, it has seen healthy online contributions since the president's has called attention to it.
New York (CNNMoney.com) - Government prosecutors got their first conviction of a person accused of defrauding the Troubled Asset Relief Fund Friday.
Charles Antonucci, the former president of the Park Avenue Bank, pleaded guilty in federal court to defrauding the TARP fund, securities fraud, self-dealing, bank bribery and the embezzlement of bank funds.
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Washington (CNN) - Author Bob Woodward acknowledged that parts of his book hit "close to the bone" and may have caused some ill feelings in the White House.
"It's quite possible," Woodward said in an interview for CNN's Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz. "This is a total universe portrait in the nature of the relationships and attitudes."
Washington (CNN) - Independent Senate candidate and Florida Governor Charlie Crist is speaking out about his position on women's issues, his opponents' policies and what exactly happened during that botched opening pitch at the Texas Rangers/Tampa Bay Rays baseball game on Thursday.
In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Crist said "I never did play baseball but I sort of felt like that movie, what's that movie? Major League with Bob Uecker and Charlie Sheen?"
(CNN) - Is Alex Sink sinking? Maybe not.
A new Mason-Dixon poll released Friday indicates Florida's Democratic gubernatorial nominee holds a small lead over her GOP challenger, Rick Scott. Still, though, the two candidates are statistically tied.
Forty-four percent of likely voters say they support Sink, while 40 percent say they'll back Scott. Three percent support other candidates and 13 percent are undecided.
(CNN) – House Republican Leader John Boehner thrashed Democrats' handling of the economy in a campaign speech from his hometown Friday, framing the midterm elections as a referendum on another two years of the same Democratic policies or a GOP he vowed would get people back to work.
The Ohio Republican, who is poised to be speaker of the House should the GOP regain control of that body, told a crowd of supporters, "This speech is about jobs, because this coming election is about jobs."