(CNN) – If Newt Gingrich decides to run for president, as it is expected he will, it appears the former House Speaker will put a lot of stock into the South Carolina primary.
Ahead of yet another visit to the Palmetto State – this time to court small business owners in Myrtle Beach – Gingrich highlighted in an interview with McClatchy News that the state has a strong record of picking the GOP presidential nominee.
(CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman Paul Kanjorski is one of many public officials calling for civilized political discussion following the shootings in Arizona, but his own past remarks invoked violent language.
In an op-ed in The New York Times Monday, the 13-term representative who lost reelection in November described his experience as a member of Congress when Puerto Rican nationalists shot five members of Congress assembled on the House floor in 1954 as an example of how easily "political differences can degenerate into violence."
New York (CNNMoney) - A Congressional oversight panel says that a "starkly improved" outlook for the auto industry has reduced the likely taxpayer loss on the bailout by more than half to about $19 billion.
The previous estimate from the panel was that taxpayers would lose $40 billion of the $81.3 billion given to the automakers and their finance arms from the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
(CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has resigned his role on the Marriott board of directors, another incremental step ahead his almost-certain second bid for the White House.
First reported by the Boston Globe, Romney relinquished his advisory role to the major hotel chain after serving in it for two years. He had also served on the same board for 10 years before he ran for governor in 2002.
(CNN) - At the start of President Obama's third year in office, a new poll indicates that the president's approval rating is on the rise.
A Quinnipiac Poll released Thursday showed Obama's approval rating at 48 percent - nearing the 50 percent approval rating he has not held since October 2009. The poll indicates a jump in Obama's approval rating, which was at 44 percent in the last Quinnipiac poll in November.
(CNN) – Sarah Palin is getting some unsolicited advice from another popular Republican, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Christie, who has never expressed particular affection for the former Alaska governor, says Palin needs to engage with the media and voters in settings less staged than those she currently utilizes.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – The number of Americans filing for their first week of unemployment benefits jumped sharply last week, two weeks after hitting a 2-1/2 year low below 400,000.
There were 445,000 initial jobless claims filed in the week ended Jan. 8, up 35,000 from a revised 410,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said in a weekly report Thursday.
Tuscon, Arizona (CNN) - When President Barack Obama said Wednesday night that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had opened her eyes for the first time since being shot on Saturday, an overflow crowd of nearly 30,000 people at a memorial event erupted into cheers that the congresswoman may have heard in her hospital room.
Obama said he learned of the eye-opening from Giffords' husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.
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CNN: Obama: 'The hopes of a nation are here tonight'
In between consoling those touched by Saturday's Arizona shooting and warning the nation against politicizing the tragedy, President Barack Obama delivered some good news in his address at a Tucson memorial event on Wednesday. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona has opened her eyes for the first time since being shot four days ago. "There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts," Obama said. "But know this: The hopes of a nation are here tonight."
CNN: Boehner: Bipartisan prayer service can be 'source of solace'
Congress has responded to the Saturday shootings of 19 people, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, with a "collective embrace" rather than a "torrent of accusations," House Speaker John Boehner said at a bipartisan congressional prayer service Wednesday. "Our nation mourns for the victims. It yearns for peace. And it thirsts for answers," the Ohio representative said in his welcome statement at the service, according to a transcript of his remarks. The service, held for members of Congress, their spouses and some staffers, was not open to the public.