WASHINGTON (CNN) –The White House learned an important lesson Thursday: the most powerful place in the world is not immune to some of the technical glitches that drive most Americans crazy.
Shortly before 8 a.m. the unclassified e-mail system that top advisers and the president himself rely on to communicate with each other went dark.
Washington (CNN)-Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain said he's no "starry-eyed idealist" when asked about his opinion on the conflict in Egypt and the role of the United States in the region by CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King.
On CNN's "John King USA," airing Thursday at 7 p.m. EST, he said "I'm not a starry-eyed idealist. I know the nature of war. I think I understand these issues and I understand the criticality, but for us to be on the side of governments that are oppressive and repressive in the long run can never benefit us and help us achieve our goals."
(CNN) - The conservative group Crossroads GPS is going up with radio ads defending 19 congressmen who were the focus of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee efforts earlier this week.
The DCCC's radio ads and phone calls hit Republicans for cutting spending that will cost jobs. Crossroads' ads rail against the Democratic agenda that "nearly bankrupted America."
Washington (CNN) - U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is set to make his first public appearance since announcing plans to resign from the Obama administration last week amid chatter that he might seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
UPDATE: A Huntsman adviser says the ambassador will be traveling in China next week and will not be attending the event, contrary to The Atlantic's announced lineup.
Huntsman, a former Utah governor, is slated to appear at a forum about jobs and the economy in Washington, D.C. next Wednesday alongside a clutch of government officials and foreign policy experts like Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Democratic leaders held a news conference Thursday to warn about the dangers of a Republican-forced government shutdown.
But as one reporter aptly noted to the leaders, it is the Democrats talking most about shutting down the government.
(CNN) – The annual Conservative Political Action Conference later this month will as usual feature a slate of Republican presidential hopefuls.
But the news just may be who isn't there.
Citing scheduling conflicts, Sarah Palin has declined to serve as the keynote speaker at the annual conference that has become a who's who of social conservatives and politicians seeking to curry favor with that influential wing of the GOP.
Washington (CNN) - Averting what would inevitably be a charged debate on the issue of rape, House Republicans Thursday dropped language from a new bill that allows for taxpayer-funded abortions only if a 'forcible rape' has occurred, a spokesperson for Rep. Chris Smith, the bill's sponsor, tells CNN.
The term 'forcible rape' as opposed to 'rape' set off a firestorm among many Democrats, who charged Republicans were attempting to roll back the long-standing federal law that allows for access of federal funds for abortion in the event of rape - without any qualifiers.
Washington (CNN) - GOP Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's committee released its official spending targets for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year, indicating Republicans plan to cut $58 billion in non-security funding, but when their overall spending target is compared to current spending levels for that same time frame, the cuts amount to $32 billion.
Either way, the proposed House Republicans' cuts fall short of the House GOP's campaign pledge to cut at least $100 billion in non-security federal spending "in the first year alone."
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.
BBQ is serious business
Mention barbecue and many North Carolinians proclaim "We have the best!" They take it seriously - maybe too seriously.
After announcing that Charlotte will host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, first lady Michelle Obama said in a statement that the city has "great barbecue."
(CNN) - Former Republican Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's political action committee announced its first wave of 2011 candidate contributions on Thursday, totaling $129,500, according to a press release.
Fourteen senators and 37 congressmen from states across the country will be on the receiving end of the donations. The largest single sum of $10,000 is to Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown who is up for re-election in 2012, followed by Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Jon Kyl of Arizona and Roy Blunt of Missouri at $5,000. Barrasso, Corker and Kyl are up for re-election in 2012. Blunt, should he choose to run, would face voters again in 2016.