Reagan's son: Father showed signs of Alzheimer's in White House
January 14th, 2011
08:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Reagan's son: Father showed signs of Alzheimer's in White House

(CNN) - Former President Ronald Reagan's youngest son suggests in a new book that his father showed signs of Alzheimer's disease while he was in the White House.

In the book titled "My Father at 100," which is due out next week, Ron Reagan writes, "Three years into his first term as President … I was feeling the first shivers of concern that something beyond mellowing was affecting my father."
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RNC bounces Steele, taps Wisconsin GOP leader as new chairman
January 14th, 2011
08:00 PM ET
4 years ago

RNC bounces Steele, taps Wisconsin GOP leader as new chairman

Oxon Hill, Maryland (CNN) - The Republican National Committee tossed out controversy-plagued chairman Michael Steele Friday and tapped Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus to lead the debt-ridden party organization into the 2012 presidential election cycle.

Priebus remains largely unknown to Washington's political class but is now tasked with rebuilding the committee's damaged relationship with deep-pocketed GOP donors and raising hundreds of millions of dollars to compete with President Obama's re-election campaign.

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Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Michael Steele • Reince Priebus • RNC
Jeb Bush blasts heated political tone in U.S.
January 14th, 2011
06:10 PM ET
4 years ago

Jeb Bush blasts heated political tone in U.S.

Coral Gables, Florida (CNN) - Jeb Bush believes that the tone of political debate in America has gotten too hot so he's urging a "restoration of civility across the board."

And Bush is critical of those who, he thinks, are unnecessarily firing up heated rhetoric. He's urging that "leaders have to lead," though Bush did not name any names.
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Filed under: Jeb Bush • Republican Party
Tea Party Caucus set to meet
January 14th, 2011
06:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Tea Party Caucus set to meet

(CNN) – The Senate Tea Party Caucus will convene for the first time January 27 at a meeting that will feature members of local Tea Party groups and Republican Senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

According to a statement, they will discuss spending proposals, options for balancing the budget, ending the deficit and limiting the size of government.
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Filed under: Jim DeMint • Mike Lee • Rand Paul • Tea Party movement
McCain praises former rival
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) attended an event Wednesday to honor the victims of the Arizona shooting
January 14th, 2011
04:48 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain praises former rival

(CNN) - Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain issued high praise for President Obama's Wednesday address that honored victims of the Arizona shootings.

In an op-ed set to publish in the Washington Post Sunday, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee said his former rival gave a "terrific speech" and echoed the president's sentiment that political discourse should be "more civil than it currently is."
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Filed under: John McCain • President Obama
Michael Steele withdraws from RNC race
January 14th, 2011
03:56 PM ET
4 years ago

Michael Steele withdraws from RNC race

Oxon Hill, Maryland (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele dropped his re-election bid Friday and endorsed former Bush administration official Maria Cino to succeed him.

"I really thank you for the chairmanship of this party, for the two years that I have had and at this time I will step aside for others to lead," he said. "But in so doing I hope you all appreciate the legacy I leave despite the noise. Despite the difficulties, we won."
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Filed under: Michael Steele • RNC
Tally: Race for RNC Chairman
January 14th, 2011
03:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Tally: Race for RNC Chairman

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee is voting Friday to pick their next chairman. The winner must receive votes from the majority of the 168 members, and voting will continue until a candidate reaches that threshold, which in this case is 85.

The candidates are Reince Priebus, Michael Steele, Maria Cino, Saul Anuzis and Ann Wagner.

1:47 p.m. ET – Ballot round #1:
Priebus – 45
Steele – 44
Cino – 32
Anuzis – 24
Wagner – 23

2:28 p.m. ET – Ballot round #2:
Priebus 52
Steele 37
Cino 30
Wagner 27
Anuzis 22

3:12 p.m. ET-Ballot round #3:
Priebus 54
Steele 33
Wagner 32
Cino 28
Anuzis 21

3:42 p.m. ET - Ballot round #4:
Priebus 58
Cino 29
Steele 28
Wagner 28
Anuzis 24

3:54 p.m. ET - Michael Steele withdraws from race and throws his support behind Maria Cino.

4:18 p.m. ET - Ballot round #5:
Priebus 67
Cino 40
Anuzis 32
Wagner 28
1 write-in

4:49 p.m. ET - Ballot round #6:
Priebus 80
Anuzis 37
Cino 34
Wagner 17

5:00 p.m. ET - Ann Wagner withdraws from the race.

5:19 p.m. ET - Ballot round #7: Priebus elected RNC Chairman.

Priebus 97
Anuzis 43
Cino 28


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Christie to keynote NRCC
January 14th, 2011
02:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Christie to keynote NRCC

Washington (CNN) - New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie will headline the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual fundraising dinner in March, the group announced Friday.

In a statement, NRCC Chair Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said, "Governor Christie has become a highly regarded Republican since winning his gubernatorial race in 2009, and we are excited that he will be joining us in March. With his credentials and experience, his address will be of great value to our supporters as we continue to build on our historic gains for 2012."
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Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • NRCC
Obama improves standing vs '12 rivals
January 14th, 2011
02:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama improves standing vs '12 rivals

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll shows an improvement in how Americans see the direction of the country, and puts President Obama in better standing against potential 2012 rivals.

The McClatchy Newspapers-Marist poll said still just 41 percent of respondents think the country is headed in the right direction, with 47 saying it remains going in the wrong direction. But that compares to a Marist poll in December where 34 percent of Americans said right direction, and 58 said wrong direction
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Sarah Palin
Major GOP conference may be scheduled days before Iowa caucuses
January 14th, 2011
01:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Major GOP conference may be scheduled days before Iowa caucuses

Washington (CNN) – South Carolina Republicans are maneuvering to host a major party gathering in the weeks before the 2012 Iowa caucuses, a move that could force GOP presidential hopefuls to interrupt their last minute Midwest politicking to court activists down south.

Southern delegates to the Republican National Committee on Friday ratified Charleston, South Carolina as the site of the 2012 Southern Republican Leadership Conference.
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Filed under: Iowa • Republicans • South Carolina
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