Gingrich affirms presidential intentions
March 3rd, 2011
12:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich affirms presidential intentions

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich affirmed in a radio interview Thursday that he plans to take his first official step toward a presidential bid later in the day after a meeting with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.

"Callista and I are prepared to see if there are enough folks who want to see if we can get this country back on the right track," Gingrich told Georgia radio host Martha Zoller.
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Hollywood star backs off support for Obama
March 3rd, 2011
11:26 AM ET
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Hollywood star backs off support for Obama

(CNN) - When CNN's Piers Morgan asked actor Matt Damon if he was happy with the way President Barack Obama has been running the country and if Damon was "a fan" of the president, Damon answered "no."

Damon and the cast of "The Adjustment Bureau" - Emily Blunt, John Slattery and Anthony Mackie - are Thursday evening's guests on "Piers Morgan Tonight." During the course of their conversation, Damon and Morgan covered Hollywood, politics, fatherhood and much more.

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Traveling man picks up the pace
March 3rd, 2011
10:07 AM ET
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Traveling man picks up the pace

(CNN) – The man who is arguably the most frequent flyer of early stages of the battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is picking up his already frenetic pace.

Within five days next week, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania will visit Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire, the three states that traditionally kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar.
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Sources: White House led bipartisan spending cuts meeting set for Thursday afternoon
March 3rd, 2011
10:07 AM ET
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Sources: White House led bipartisan spending cuts meeting set for Thursday afternoon

Washington (CNN) – White House officials led by Vice President Joe Biden will meet for the first time Thursday afternoon with House and Senate leaders in both parties to begin negotiations on major differences over spending cuts, multiple sources in both parties tell CNN.

The meeting, scheduled for 4 pm ET in the Capitol, was prompted by congressional Democrats who implored the White House to get more involved in the battle with Republicans over spending.
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Democrat-turned Republican considers Vermont Senate run
March 3rd, 2011
09:54 AM ET
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Democrat-turned Republican considers Vermont Senate run

Washington (CNN) - Vermont Auditor Tom Salmon announced late Wednesday that he is seriously considering challenging Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2012, an independent who has represented the state for two decades on Capitol Hill.

Salmon, a former Democrat who switched to the Republican Party in the fall of 2009, told voters at that time his fiscal ideology was more in line with the GOP. He was first elected auditor in 2006, and acknowledged that it will be difficult to defeat Sanders next year.
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Huckabee fires back
March 3rd, 2011
09:02 AM ET
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Huckabee fires back

(CNN) – Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee says that President Barack Obama has a "different world view" that was "molded out of a very different experience" because "most of us grew up going to boy scout meetings, and, you know, our communities were filled with rotary clubs, not madrassas."

The 2008 GOP presidential candidate, who's considering another run for the White House, made his comments Wednesday on talk radio host Bryan Fischer's program "Focal Point," on American Family Radio.
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GOP communications veteran joining Romney PAC
March 3rd, 2011
08:22 AM ET
3 years ago

GOP communications veteran joining Romney PAC

(CNN) - A veteran of Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign is headed to team Romney.

CNN has confirmed that Andrea Saul, who served as director of media affairs for the McCain-Palin ticket, is joining Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America PAC as a communications adviser.
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Debt ceiling: Battle heats up
March 3rd, 2011
08:20 AM ET
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Debt ceiling: Battle heats up

New York (CNNMoney) - Everybody's talking about debt. No wonder: The country's tab is a whisker away from the current debt ceiling.

The rhetoric is already loud, harsh and, at times, misleading. And there is more to come.

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Controversies key in Gingrich's rise and fall
March 3rd, 2011
07:42 AM ET
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Controversies key in Gingrich's rise and fall

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich first arrived on the national political scene when, a few years after being elected to the House, he pushed ethics violations charges against then-Speaker Jim Wright, who later resigned.

Ethics violations, and a budget battle that forced a government shutdown, toppled Gingrich after he had risen to the speaker's chair.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, March 3, 2011
March 3rd, 2011
04:36 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, March 3, 2011

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: Mexico's Calderon visits Washington for talks with Obama, Boehner
Mexican President Felipe Calderon travels to Washington Thursday to meet with President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and others during a two-day visit likely to include discussions on organized crime, immigration, and commerce. There has been tension between the United States and Mexico recently and the meeting may serve to smooth things out. A U.S. diplomatic cable released last fall by WikiLeaks quoted U.S. officials talking about "widespread corruption" in Mexican security agencies and "a dysfunctionally low level of collaboration."

CNNMoney: Government avoids shutdown; hard part still to come
Congress passed a spending bill Wednesday that will keep the government open for another two weeks. That was the easy part. What comes next will be much harder. Republicans were able to include $4 billion in cuts in the two-week bill, something Democrats in the Senate agreed to without too much fuss. But that $4 billion in cuts was the lowest of the low-hanging fruit. House Republicans now want to return to their plan that would cut roughly $60 billion from the federal budget over the remaining seven months of the fiscal year. And that plan contains things Democrats - who control the Senate and the White House - will never agree to.

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