(CNN) – Republican Rep. Thaddeus McCotter voiced his support for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Friday in a statement released on his website.
The Michigan congressman likened demonstrations in Egypt to "Iran's 1979 radical revolution." He cautions that those who "will be tempted to superficially interpret the Egyptian demonstrations as an uprising for populist democracy" should instead "recall how such similar initial views of the 1979 Iranian Revolution were belied by the mullahs' radical jackbooted murderers."
Washington (CNN) – Republican Newt Gingrich touched down in Ohio Friday on the heels of a trip to early-primary-Iowa on Tuesday, both trips that indicate strong interest in the upcoming presidential race.
Though the former speaker of the house isn't shy about discussing a presidential bid, he did his part to temper expectations about his potential candidacy. In a phone interview Wednesday with the Columbus, Ohio, newspaper, The Dispatch, Gingrich revealed that he's been talking to voters in early primary states "to see if there is a realistic possibility" that he can win the GOP nomination next year, but admitted that he trails three other possible Republican contenders.
(CNN)-President Barack Obama spoke to Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak by telephone and urged restraint Friday night. “I told him he has a responsibility…to take concrete steps that advance the rights of the Egyptian people. I'm calling on Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence on peaceful protesters."
Stating that the White House is "very concerned about violence in Egypt," he continued, “I believe the Egyptian people want the same things as the rest of us...a government that is fair and just and responsible.”
Washington (CNN) – Democratic Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich has settled his $150,000 lawsuit against the House cafeteria responsible for serving him with a pitted olive, and along with it, a broken tooth.
Citing the "clamor for information," Kucinich released a detailed account of his dental ordeal complete with descriptions of the split tooth, excruciating pain and "numerous dental visits."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The United States will review its aid to Egypt based on protests and the government's response, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday.
"We will be reviewing our assistance posture based on events now and in the coming days," he told reporters.
In a carefully worded press conference, Gibbs said that President Barack Obama has not spoken with Mubarak. When asked why the president hadn't contacted the Egyptian leader, Gibbs said "We are again, we're monitoring a very fluid situation."
Washington (CNN) - This weekend, at a posh resort near Palm Springs, California, two billionaire corporate titans will convene a semi-annual meeting of a politically well-connected set. It will include wealthy donors and powerful Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
At David and Charles Koch's meeting, attendees will discuss items like how best to promote free markets and how to help elect conservatives. Donors are expected to be asked to donate to conservative causes.
It will be conducted virtually in secret, with no press or public allowed and many attendees keeping event details on the hush.
Washington (CNN) - Former President George W. Bush is landing a stinging jab at his former longtime aide and press secretary, Scott McClellan, saying the man who served as the public face of his administration for three years was irrelevant.
In an interview with CSPAN scheduled to air this weekend, Bush says he deliberately didn't include McClellan – who held the high profile post longer than anyone else during the administration – in his memoir, "Decision Points."
Washington (CNN) - A conservative group that last year helped defeat GOP Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah in his bid for re-nomination appears to be signaling that fellow Utah Republican Orrin Hatch could be on their target list as he gears up for re-election next year.
"Senator Hatch has a lower lifetime average on the Club for Growth's Congressional Scorecard than his former colleague Bob Bennett for a reason. Orrin Hatch has done some good things over the decades, but six term incumbents who vote for TARP, the Bridge to Nowhere, the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac bailout, SCHIP, and higher taxes are quite clearly not 'as good as it gets,'" says Club for Growth President Chris Chocola, in a statement Friday.
Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney has scheduled a conference call for next week with some of the biggest donors from his last presidential run, CNN has learned, the latest in a series of under-the-radar moves by the former Massachusetts governor as he sets the table for a second White House bid in 2012.
Spencer Zwick, who served as Romney's national finance director in 2008 and remains a close adviser to the Republican hopeful, emailed key contributors Friday inviting them to join the February 4 call.
(CNN) - Mark Whitaker is moving from NBC to CNN.
CNN announced Friday morning that Whitaker, who had been serving as the Washington Bureau Chief at NBC news and who was the former editor of Newsweek, is joining CNN in the new role of executive vice president and managing editor of the network.