Washington (CNN) - Rick Santorum's presidential warm-up act will take him Tuesday to a house in New Hampshire that's certain to be a frequent stopover for Republican contenders ahead of the state's pivotal 2012 primary.
The former Pennsylvania Senator will visit the Manchester home of Ovide LaMontagne, the Jim DeMint-backed conservative attorney who lost last year's Republican Senate nomination to Kelly Ayotte by just 1,500 votes.
Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Monday he would not have used a map with crosshairs to target Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other Democrats during the midterm elections, but otherwise defended Sarah Palin from suggestions that her graphic may have influenced the man behind last weekend's shooting spree in Arizona.
"It's not a device I would have chosen to do. Everyone has their style and their own choices," Pawlenty told the New York Times when asked about the map. "But I don't want to have anyone infer that there's evidence in this case that it caused or was a contributing factor. We don't know that."
Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprise visit Tuesday to poverty-stricken Yemen, a key al Qaeda battleground and planning center in recent years.
The secretary - who is visiting the Persian Gulf region - was meeting with Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh and was to meet with legislators and members of the political opposition, civic and non-governmental groups and a former child bride.
(CNN) - U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 if Afghans want them to, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday.
The United States does not intend "to govern or nation-build" as that "is the responsibility of the Afghan people and they are fully capable of it," Biden said, according to a journalist traveling with him.
(CNN) -Amid discussion an increasingly charged political atmosphere may have motivated the shootings in Arizona, a new national poll suggests a majority of Americans believe the heated rhetoric of late played no role in the tragedy that critically injured a congresswoman and left six dead.
According to a new CBS poll, 57 percent of Americans say political vitriol did not contribute to the attacks allegedly committed by 22 year-old Jared Loughner; 32 percent felt it did.
Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."
Washington (CNN) - It is probably some form of poetic justice that, in reacting to the attempted murder of a congresswoman and the murder of a judge, some of the political discourse has devolved into an unhelpful and unenlightening argument that goes something like this: It's your fault; no, it's your fault.
Let's just stipulate a few things: The gunman is unhinged. We're not sure of his political or cultural beliefs, if he has any floating around a very warped mind. To ascribe a political motive to this shooter right now is impossible.
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CNN: Obama to travel to Tucson Wednesday in wake of weekend rampage
President Barack Obama will travel to Arizona on Wednesday in the wake of the weekend shooting there that left six people dead and 14 wounded, including a member of Congress, two senior administration officials told CNN Monday. The president will likely attend a memorial service and visit with victims' families in Tucson, the sources said. He has already spoken to many of the family members by phone.
CNN: Cleaver: Toxic rhetoric is celebrated in Washington
Some Democrats are not so subtly using the tragedy in Arizona to point fingers at Republicans for stoking inflammatory political rhetoric, but Democratic Congressman Emanuel Cleaver says there is blame on both sides. "We have Democrats saying dumb things every single day, and Republicans as well," said Cleaver. Cleaver, the new Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is also a Methodist minister and delivered a short prayer on the steps of the Capitol Monday for hundreds gathered for a moment of silence to mark the Arizona tragedy.