Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.
A big f****** deal
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"It was the best fake Twitter account ever, deftly satirizing Rahm Emanuel, and elevating the Tweet and the f-word to the level of literature. But the mystery writer was never revealed – until now."
Washington (CNN) - An independent Republican group that was a major player in the midterm elections says its goal is to raise $120 million this election cycle.
In a statement Tuesday, American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Policies Strategies (Crossroads GPS) said the money raised will pay for advocacy efforts "to compete with the torrent of outside money from unions and left-leaning groups."
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner rejected a Democratic proposal to extend government funding for four weeks instead of the two-week bill the House is voting on Tuesday afternoon.
"If there had been a conversation about this ten days ago or two days ago we might have something to talk about," Boehner said.
Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will announce Thursday that he is launching a committee to explore a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, a Republican familiar with the plans told CNN.
Gingrich's decision to form an exploratory committee and officially "test the waters" makes him the first major Republican contender to enter the presidential race.
(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee wants supporters to 'Stop the Cheer Captain' before he starts. Though Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine hasn't yet made a decision on a U.S. Senate bid for Virginia's open seat, the NRSC has launched a new website to rally voters wishing to stop him in his tracks.
The website, found at cheerleaderinchief.com, depicts a pom-pom wielding Kaine in a cheerleader's uniform backed by less than cheerful chants about the chairman's performance. Described as "dunkin on that stimulus, oh, he fumbled," Kaine is encouraged to "rock that rubberstamp" in a parody that is accompanied by an "album" of photos featuring Kaine with the commander-in-chief and Democratic leaders. "Captain" Kaine is branded as Obama's "number one cheerleader, cheering from the left."
(CNN) – As the 2012 primary season begins to take shape, political observers are beginning to wonder whether the four potential candidates who work as commentators for Fox News will forgo their large paychecks to run for the nomination.
On Monday's edition of John King, USA, Chief National Correspondent John King laid out the stakes: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum all serve as contributors for the network. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also hosts a weekend show there.
Washington (CNN) - Some political experts have said that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, in a battle with public employee unions over the right to collective bargaining, has overreached in his attempts to shore up the state's budget shortfall.
"I think it'd be fair to categorize the proposal (to cut union bargaining) as an overreach," said University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor David Canon. "Maybe the biggest reason for that claim is the fact that he didn't campaign on this."
Washington (CNN) - As the standoff in Wisconsin rages on, two new nationwide polls indicate more people support the public sector union workers over the state's Republican governor in the battle over collective bargaining rights.
Forty-two percent of the public sides with the public employee unions and 31 percent backs Gov. Scott Walker, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday. Nearly one in ten say they don't support either side, with 18 percent unsure.
Washington (CNN) - Two state governors disagreed Tuesday on whether the ongoing labor standoff in Wisconsin constituted 'union bashing.'
Appearing on CNN's American Morning, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, framed the debate in Wisconsin as a matter of fairness.
Washington (CNN) - Some brave - and curious - members of Congress made their way over to a Capitol Hill hotel Monday evening to square off against a recent "Jeopardy!" sensation named Watson, the IBM-powered supercomputer who handily defeated the game show's two most successful contestants in history.
IBM invited the congressmen to an informal game of Jeopardy! in order to demonstrate the computer's technology, called "automatic, open domain question answering," which returns answers to complex queries in "natural language," providing users with better access to "unstructured information," said IBM Research scientist Dr. Eric Brown.