Washington (CNN) – Still swaggering after its recent electoral successes, the Tea Party movement appears to be growing more emboldened as it tries to blaze a path to power.
One new bold move: An activist group is publicly parading a list of lawmakers the group is determined to oust from office.
(CNN) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced Thursday her state has filed a countersuit against the federal government, seeking the authority to implement its own border security efforts.
"Security and border control is by far the number one issue right now in Arizona," Brewer said at a news conference. "Illegal immigration is costing us a billion dollars, a billion dollars a year to maintain the level we're at and the federal government sits by and does nothing."
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama signaled clear U.S. support for protesters who have convulsed Egypt for more than two weeks, saying Thursday night that "in these difficult times, I know that the Egyptian people will persevere, and they must know that they will continue to have a friend in the United States of America," according to a White House statement.
Washington (CNN) - As the field of potential Republican presidential candidates searches for staffers and advisers to run their campaigns in the key early nominating states, they can scratch one of South Carolina's top GOP operatives off their lists.
Longtime Columbia-based strategist Terry Sullivan is heading to Capitol Hill, two sources familiar with the decision told CNN, to serve as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's Deputy Chief of Staff.
Washington (CNN)- A top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee says that the fight to cut spending could lead to a government shut down.
"I know that that's not something leadership wants to do. Is it a possibility? Yes, it is a possibility, but we're going to do everything we can to make sure that doesn't happen," Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, told reporters off the House floor Thursday.
Washington (CNN) - The unsettled and wide-open state of the 2012 Republican presidential primary race has a fidgety Washington press corps jumping at every new rumor, trial balloon and incremental tidbit emerging from the mouths of the potential candidates and their advisers.
Enter The Donald.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul issued an economic call to arms Thursday, laying out the steps he said America must take to "avoid financial ruin."
Paul said the country needs to take a "long and hard look" at the military budget, address entitlement reform and abolish the department of education. He also said the proposal by House Republicans to freeze spending at 2008 levels is not enough to address the national debt.
Washington (CNN) - The ballroom at the Conservative Political Action Conference was divided Thursday between boos and cheers as two Republican giants faced the crowd.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, a surprise guest, presented former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with the "Defender of the Constitution Award" at the annual conference of conservatives which this year has gained significance for being a cattle-call for potential GOP presidential candidates.
Washington (CNN) - Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is standing up for his Dad. In an interview with CNN he said Donald Trump will regret taking a dig at Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, during his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gathering.
In his first public address to CPAC Donald Trump said Rep Ron Paul of Texas "has zero chance of being elected" president. The crowd, filled with Ron Paul supporters, booed loudly. (Trump got a very friendly reception, Paul diss aside.)
Washington (CNN) - Donald Trump had no sympathy Thursday for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and expressed optimism that events in Egypt will not affect the world economy.
"So far, things are looking alright," Trump told a small group of reporters before delivering a political speech before a gathering of Republicans. Mubarak spoke to his country on Thursday and said he had delegated powers to his vice president but did not step down from the presidency.