(CNN) – Michael Steele is defending his record at the helm of the Republican National Committee, sending a memo to committee members Friday describing the past cycle as an "overwhelming success."
The five-page memo comes amidst heavy criticism from several high profile Republicans that the RNC's fundraising and get-out-the-vote prowess has floundered under Steele's leadership and declarations from some within the party that the chairman does not deserve a second term.
(CNN)– A new CNN/Opinion Research poll reveals that most Americans don't think the economy is in good shape today, but half believe it will get better in a year. The poll, conducted last week, indicates that the country's current view of the economy is more dour than its hopes for the economic future.
When asked how they'd rate the economic conditions in the country today, 81 percent said that conditions are poor, an attitude that hasn't changed in months.
See full results after the jump.
Washington (CNN) - Eighty-two million dollars was spent on television commercials attacking the federal stimulus during this year's midterm election campaign, according to a new analysis of TV ad spending for CNN by Campaign Media Analysis Group.
And no surprise, the vast majority was spent by Republicans on commercials that claimed the stimulus has failed.
(CNN) – As Obama prepares to work with the new Republican majority in the U.S. House this January, a new CNN Poll of Polls indicates that the public is split over his handling of duties in the White House.
Overall, 47 percent of Americans approve of how Obama is handling his job and 48 percent disapprove, according to the Poll of Polls which was compiled and released on Friday.
(CNN) – The Republican Party won decisive control of the House in this year's midterm elections, but it appears less than half the country is aware of it.
According to a new Pew poll, only 46 percent of those surveyed correctly identified that the Republican Party won the House as a result of the November 2 elections. But it's not all bad – 75 percent did know the Republicans performed better than the Democrats, it's just that many aren't aware exactly what the party won.
(CNN) - As he mulls another bid for the White House, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee brings a message of strong family values to Iowa this weekend as he headlines a major gathering of social conservatives.
Huckabee, who ran for 2008 Republican presidential nomination and won that year's Iowa caucuses, will point to what he considers the current assault on marriage and families as a factor in the rise of poverty.
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden is trying to put to rest those pesky rumors that he and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might switch places ahead of the next presidential election.
"Here's the deal - the president and I - there was never any serious talk ever that anyone ever heard about me not being on the ticket with him or her not staying at State," Biden told CNN's Larry King in an interview Thursday.
Washington (CNN) – Democratic strategist James Carville compared President Barack Obama to his Democratic primary rival and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday, implying in rather lewd terms that Obama needs to toughen-up.
And he's not sorry for it.
(CNN) - While defending the military surge in Afghanistan after eight years of what he termed "neglect," Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that Afghan leaders could soon be left on their own, whether they're ready or not.
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CNN: House ethics committee votes for censure of N.Y. Democrat
The House ethics committee voted 9-1 on Thursday to recommend censure for Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, in response to multiple rules violations committed by the 20-term congressman. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat and the committee's co-chairwoman, announced the recommendation around 6 p.m. Thursday, after a day of sometimes charged and emotional comments regarding how to penalize Rangel. She said that, in addition to the censure, Rangel would have to pay restitution for any unpaid taxes and report back to the committee.
CNN: Rangel issues apology
New York Rep. Charlie Rangel issued an apology Thursday after the House ethics committee's chief counsel recommended the 20-term Democratic congressman be censured by the House of Representatives for multiple rules violations. Rangel, who was found guilty of the violations on Tuesday, said in the statement, "To my beloved Colleagues, my constituents and the American people, I am sorry."