(CNN) – Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint is opting out of an appearance at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), making him the latest Republican to the criticize what some have seen as a pro-gay tilt to the prominent conference.
"With leading conservatives organizations not participating this year, Senator DeMint will not be attending. He hopes to attend a unified CPAC next year," DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton told CNN.
(CNN) - Keith Olbermann is leaving MSNBC, the "Countdown" host announced on his program Friday night.
The liberal commentator said he was told "this was going to be the last edition of the show."
"In the mundane world of television goodbyes, reality is laughably uncooperative," Olbermann said.
Friday's announcement marks the end of an eight year career at the network.
The news comes after the prime-time host was suspended in November for violating the NBC ethics policies when he donated to three Democrats seeking federal office.
Cambridge, Maryland (CNN) - Trumpeting the American dream-theme "Make it in America," House Democrats gathered for their annual retreat Friday to focus on fulfilling the pledge that Democrats will make it back in 2012.
In a press conference following a meeting of the Democratic issues conference, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi outlined the goals for "Make it in America," which includes the "Drive for 25," designed to gain 25 Democratic seats in the 2012 elections and win back the majority.
(CNN) - It's a turf war between Vice President Joe Biden and CNN's very own Wolf Blitzer, anchor of "The Situation Room." Sort of.
During an address to the Democratic retreat in Cambridge, Maryland Friday, Biden said he's heavily involved in the draw down of troops in Iraq and that "Wolf Blitzer isn't the real guy in the Situation Room," he is.
(CNN) - It appears longtime Republican Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana is ready for a fight.
On Friday night, hours before a major meeting of Tea Party and other conservative leaders from around the state to try and limit the number of candidates who may challenge Lugar, the six term senator who's up for re-election next year is holding his first big fundraiser in Indiana this cycle.
(CNN) – Move over Paul Ryan. Michele Bachman is giving her own rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union Address next Tuesday.
While Ryan, the Republican congressman and budget guru, was officially tapped by his party to respond to the president's annual address, Bachmann has a few words of her own she'd like to express.
(CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he's more likely to run for president if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin runs.
In an interview on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," Giuliani, who dropped out of the 2008 Republican presidential primary, said running against Palin for the 2012 GOP nomination would show him as a moderate Republican.
(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to tape an interview appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Friday as part of her signature effort to support military families.
According to the first lady's office, Mrs. Obama will "discuss her plans to launch a comprehensive national campaign…to recognize, honor and provide ways for everyone to step up and answer the call."
Washington (CNN) – If it's over, it was nice while it lasted.
The brief period of civility in politics in the wake of the shootings in Tucson, Arizona, two weeks ago was tested this week. Some in the nation's capital forgot the call for a government that's worthy of 9-year-old shooting victim Christina Green.