Washington (CNN) - Calling for a "need to unify the RNC," Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus officially jumped in the crowded race to replace Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Monday.
"For me, being State Chairman isn't a title – it's a mission," Priebus wrote in an email to committee members and provided to CNN. "As Chairman of the RNC, I will assume that same laser focus. Less drama, more hard work, more results and more focus on winning. That is my pledge to you and I humbly ask for your support."
(CNN) – Nearly fifty years after he was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy remains the highest rated modern president, according to a new Gallup Poll.
Kennedy earned an 85 percent retrospective job approval rating, the highest among the nine U.S. presidents who have served in the past 50 years. Ronald Reagan ranked second with a 74 percent approval rating.
CNN - Robby Mook has been named executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel announced today.
A former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer, Mook will now run the campaign arm for the House Democrats as they gear up for the 2012 elections. Mook served as the DCCC's independent expenditure director since May of 2010.
(CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he hasn't decided whether he'll run for president, but thinks people should be paying attention to him.
"I just don't understand how it is that a person can read these polls day after day and the narrative is constantly everybody but me," Huckabee told Politico.
Washington (CNN) – Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus stepped down Sunday as the general counsel for the Republican National Committee, and he is mulling a bid to run for the chairmanship.
“I informed the chairman in a private letter that I was resigning and why I was resigning,” Priebus said in an interview Sunday, confirming that he told RNC Chairman Michael Steele of his decision to leave the post.
With the economy front and center, we're keeping a close eye on Congress and Obama. Stay tuned for updates on what they get done – and what gets punted.
Bush tax cuts
Obama and Republicans are playing chicken. Obama wants to let the tax cuts lapse on the rich. The two sides are talking and a likely deal would involve a temporary extension for everyone. Question: What can Obama get? He wants help for the jobless.
Bush tax cuts: Cutting through the noise
Two million people will lose benefits in December because Congress failed to act before Nov. 30. Senate and House have voted down Democratic bills to extend benefits. Obama is pushing to include an extension as part of tax cut deal.
Senate fails to advance jobless benefits bill
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - U.S. stocks were poised to fall at the opening
bell Monday after Fed chairman Ben Bernanke gave a pessimistic outlook about
the nation's economy.
Dow Jones industrial average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures were all down
slightly. Futures measure current index values against perceived future
Washington (CNN) - North Korea needs to "halt its provocative behavior" as tensions rise on the Korean peninsula, President Barack Obama said during a phone call with Chinese President Hu Jintao, said the White House said.
Hu called for a "calm and rational response from all sides to prevent the deterioration of the fragile security situation," according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.
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CNN: Senators say deal likely on extending tax cuts, jobless benefits
Top senators from both parties indicated Sunday that a deal was likely soon on temporarily extending Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, along with unemployment benefits that have expired. However, Republican senators made clear they are unlikely to budge in their opposition to other Democratic priorities in the final weeks of the lame-duck session of Congress that ends in early January.
CNN: Lugar: Senate has votes to pass START
The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee laid out his plan Sunday for the lame-duck session of Congress, which includes the passage of the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty). In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar said he thinks there are enough votes for the treaty – a nuclear arms agreement between Russia and the United States – to pass through the Senate. "The votes are there," Lugar told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.