(CNN) - A tweet by Sarah Palin attacking the U.S. State Department for a tweet to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his birthday distorted the State Department's original intent, a spokesman for the department said Friday.
"My tweet was simply to suggest that a reasonable celebration of President Ahmadinejad's birthday would be to release Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. I can't imagine why Sarah Palin would object to the release of the two hikers who remain in custody, we think inappropriately," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in response to a question about Palin's criticism.
(CNN) – A new poll of the Florida Senate race shows Republican Marco Rubio with a large lead over both independent Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek with just four days to go before voters weigh in.
According to the new survey from Mason-Dixon, Rubio leads the field with 45 percent –17 points ahead of Crist at 28 percent and 24 points ahead of Meek at 21 percent.
For the past few months CNN has traveled from the Gulf of Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico, and several small towns and big cities across the country, profiling the Tea Party movement - arguably the most powerful, and controversial, political force of this election cycle.
Now, it's time to show what was caught on tape.
Washington (CNN) –Forty-eight percent of Americans approve of how President Barack Obama is handling his job as president, while 45 percent disapprove of his job performance, according to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released on Friday. This Poll of Polls suggests that for the first time this election season, more Americans approve of how Obama is managing his duties in the White House.
This newest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of four national polls conducted from mid-to-late October: Gallup tracking (10/25-27), Newsweek (10/20-21), CBS/New York Times (10/22-26), and McClatchy-Marist (10/22-25). A new Bloomberg survey did not release a presidential approval rating. The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.
Washington (CNN) - Six weeks before Election Day, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was high-tailing it out of town for a 48-state campaign swing before Election Day.
"On the bus, baby," Steele said as his motor coach for the "Fire Pelosi Bus Tour" pulled away from Capitol Hill. "Leaving Washington."
He kidded that his staff was "trying to get rid of me" and seemed genuinely happy to be leaving behind the nation's capital - a town full of political professionals who are not necessarily Steele fans. "This isn't where the action is ... and this party needs to be where the action is."
Little Rock, Arkansas (CNN) - In the shadow of the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library, an ironic occurrence is taking shape. As the former two-term president traverses the country, rallying support for Democrats facing tough electoral prospects, his party is bracing for severe losses in his home state of Arkansas.
Embattled two-term Sen. Blanche Lincoln faces a bleak outlook in her bid for re-election, while Reps. Vic Snyder and Marion Berry are opting to retire, opening the door to Republican takeovers of their seats. A Republican and a Democrat are in Arkansas' two other congressional districts, and they're considered safe for the incumbent parties.
New York (CNNMoney.com) - If former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina's bid to become the next senator from California succeeds, she will owe a giant "thank you" to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber has pumped $4.9 million into the California Senate race to help Fiorina, a Republican, defeat Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, according to the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for transparency in government.
Washington (CNN) - A CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Friday indicates that 48 percent of likely voters would choose a Republican candidate for Congress if the election were held today, while 44 percent say they would vote for a Democrat.
This newest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of five national polls conducted from mid-to-late October: Gallup (10/14-24), Newsweek (10/20-21), CBS/New York Times (10/22-26), McClatchy-Marist (10/22-25) and Bloomberg (10/24-26). Approximately 4,500 likely voters were questioned in these surveys. The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.