Washington (CNN) – Two long serving Republican senators who could face primary challenges from the right as they run for re-election next year both showed up Tuesday night at a reception held by a leading grassroots conservative organization.
Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah and Dick Lugar of Indiana separately attended the function, put on by FreedomWorks at their new headquarters, which is located just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol building.
Raleigh, NC (CNN) - Fewer staffers and campaign aides of 2008 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards are being summoned to appear in person before a grand jury in Raleigh, possibly indicating a final phase of prosecutors' efforts in the case, multiple sources tell CNN.
The grand jury, which meets in secret, was expected to reconvene Wednesday. It has been meeting as prosecutors work to prove whether or not Edwards illegally used campaign funds to cover up an affair with a campaign videographer, Rielle Hunter.
Washington (CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will visit the early primary state of South Carolina later this month, two Republicans familiar with the plans told CNN Wednesday.
Pawlenty, who is seriously considering a 2012 presidential bid, will address an Aiken Republican Club luncheon on March 16.
Washington (CNN) – As Senate Democrats grapple with how much to compromise with Republicans on spending cuts, a liberal group is launching new television ad to pressure Democrats to resist going too far.
The ad by Moveon.org, which the group says will run on national cable stations for one week, asks whether Democrats will “stop” Republicans in their quest to cut education and environmental programs that many Democrats call crucial.
(CNN) – Hours after his contributor arrangement was suspended by Fox News Channel, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum will appear live on CNN's "John King, USA." The show airs at 7 p.m. ET.
Santorum, who is considered a likely candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, was a contributor for Fox since 2007. Tonight's interview on CNN will be his first television appearance since his contract was suspended.
Fox News suspended Santorum's contract earlier today, and will terminate his contract on May 1 if Santorum chooses to make a bid for the presidential nomination.
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced the hiring of Matt Canter as their new communications director Wednesday. He was previously the communications director for Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Canter will make the leap from managing the communications for one Senate campaign to managing the message for senatorial campaigns across the country as Democrats seek to hold on to their majority. With twice as many Democratic senators retiring than Republicans, Democrats must ready a battle plan for 2012 that accounts for the obstacles of keeping blue the seats of three retiring Democratic senators and one retiring senator who caucuses with Democrats, Joe Lieberman.
(CNN) - Fox News has suspended the contributor contracts of both former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and will terminate the contracts on May 1 if both possible GOP presidential hopefuls choose to run for president.
Bret Baier, the anchor of Fox News' Special Report, announced on-air Wednesday that the suspension was effective immediately and for 60 days "unless they notify Fox that they are not running for president."
(CNN) –The Republican National Committee is going up on Wisconsin airwaves with a television ad that blasts President Obama for "standing in the way of economic reform" and "intimidating taxpayers."
One day after Republican Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his budget to rein in the state government's $3.6 billion dollar deficit, the RNC released the ad to urge support for the governor whose cost-cutting bill ignited protests weeks ago.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is proposing the creation of a panel that will recommend how the federal government can sell off properties it no longer needs, an administration official said Wednesday.
The independent board would include public- and private-sector members who will develop a plan for matching the government's real estate holdings with its core missions and programs, the official said on condition of anonymity.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The Senate passed legislation Wednesday extending funding for the federal government by two more weeks - through March 18 - while cutting $4 billion from current spending levels.
The measure buys legislators more time to try to avoid a government shutdown. The Senate approved it by a 91-9 vote. Passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, it now advances to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.FULL STORY