Washington (CNN) – In another display of the Tea Party movement turning on its own ideological supporters, the head of one prominent group has said that House Speaker John Boehner looks “like a fool” as House Republicans push spending cuts in their budget proposal. And that leader wants the Tea Party movement to set a goal for 2012: to defeat Boehner in a Republican primary.
To help make his point, Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips even referenced a story currently feeding a pop-culture frenzy.
(CNN) – Former Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum appears unfazed by a Fox News decision to suspend him as a contributor while he mulls a presidential run.
In his first media appearance since the suspension, Santorum told CNN's John King on Wednesday, "I think they made their call and I respect it."
Washington (CNN) – The unrest in Libya has been a big focus of the Obama administration, but the president himself has avoided taking any questions on the violence or embattled leader Colonel Moammar Gadhafi.
As Mr. Obama wrapped up a surprise visit to the briefing room Wednesday where he expressed outrage over the attack in Frankfurt, Germany that killed two Americans, CNN asked if he had “anything to say on Libya?”
Washington (CNN) – Although he won't be appearing as an analyst on Fox News in the near future, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will have plenty to keep himself occupied even if he decides against seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
The former Georgia Republican congressman, who now lives in Virginia, holds no fewer than 25 current titles, positions, and occupations, according to a review of public records and filings as well as his various official biographies.
(CNN) - Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, announced Wednesday that he will not run for another term, becoming the fifth Democratic senator to retire this year.
“As many of you can imagine, it was a very difficult decision for me,” Akaka said in a statement. “However, I feel that the end of this Congress is the right time for me to step aside. It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the people of Hawaii.”
Washington (CNN) – Iowa's Republican Party Chairman predicted Wednesday that the likely entrance of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich into the presidential race will trigger a more aggressive phase of the 2012 Republican primary campaign.
Gingrich is expected to enter a presidential exploratory phase Thursday during a visit to his native Georgia.
Washington (CNN) – Grimacing with emotion, entertainment legend Mickey Rooney implored a Senate committee on Wednesday to stop what experts call chronic emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse of elderly Americans by family members and other caregivers.
The 90-year-old Rooney told the Senate Special Committee on Aging that he was abused by a family member who took control of his life, and described feeling "scared, disappointed, yes, and angry."
"You can't believe that it's happening to you," Rooney said. "You feel overwhelmed."
(CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty may be closer to making a decision on a presidential run than previously thought.
A source close to Pawlenty said he will form an exploratory committee in two to three weeks, significantly sooner than most political observers expected.
Washington (CNN) - Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer told CNN Wednesday that he will announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee tomorrow afternoon in Baton Rouge.
"I will tell the public here and across America that I am concerned about the problems in America and the opportunities that aren't being taken advantage of," Roemer said in a phone interview from his new campaign office in Baton Rouge.
(CNN) – A deputy White House spokesman confirms the president has signed the continuing resolution — the spending bill to keep the government funded until March 18.