(CNN) – She doesn't announce her candidacy until Monday, but that's not stopping some partisan words from flying over Heather Wilson's bid for the open Senate seat in New Mexico.
A GOP source confirms to CNN that the Republican former five-term congresswoman and former Air Force officer is expected Monday jump into the race for the seat of retiring five-term Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Her entrance into the contest was first reported by Politico.
Washington (CNN) – Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has penned a fundraising email on behalf of the Republican National Committee, the first potential presidential candidate to do so this year.
Pawlenty's fundraising pitch, which includes his picture, was sent Thursday and urged his "Fellow Conservative" to "Help end the Obama era of fiscal irresponsibility and soaring rhetoric masking as leadership."
(CNN) - Supporters of a proposed high-speed rail system in Florida had hoped to get the project back on track Friday - the deadline to accept $2.4 billion in federal funds - but the Florida Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Rick Scott can reject the money.
The court's decision Friday followed a lawsuit filed against the governor by two state senators - one Democrat and Republican - who claimed Scott would overstep his executive authority and be in violation of Florida's constitution if he did not accept the funds.
Miami (CNN) - The old adage that politics makes strange bedfellows will be alive and well Friday when President Obama and Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush make a joint appearance in the sunshine state. The two are joining forces to discuss education as the president begins a month-long public push for the country to "out-educate" the world.
Both men will appear at Central High School in Miami to tout the school’s turnaround in performance. For Bush it’s an opportunity to highlight an issue he championed in office, and continues to do so in private life. For Obama, he gets a picture of bi-partisan support for an issue he has repeatedly stressed is in desperate need of reform if the country wants to lead the 21st century.
(CNN) - New job figures released today show the unemployment rate falling, a drop that the Obama administration attributes to steps it took last year to get the economy rolling, but that Republicans argue is the result of stopping tax hikes.
"I think businesses are coming back because of what happened in December, the tax credits, the payroll tax credits, all of those things that help to incentivize businesses to make more business," Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said today on CNN.
Washington (CNN)-Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio invoked Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin while sounding off on union battles with state lawmakers in his state and in Wisconsin.
"I look back in history, in some of the worst governments that we had, you know the first thing they did, go after unions, Hitler didn't want unions, Stalin didn't want unions, Mubarak didn't want unions, these autocrats don't want independent unions," Brown said Thursday during a speech on the floor of the Senate.
New York (CNNMoney) - The jobs outlook brightened in February, as strong business hiring helped trim unemployment to its lowest level in nearly two years.
The unemployment rate fell to 8.9% last month, from 9.0% in January, the best reading since April of 2009. The unemployment rate has now fallen nearly a full percentage point in the last three months, the most rapid improvement in nearly 28 years.
Miami, Florida (CNN) - President Barack Obama teams up with Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida later Friday, to help the state's Democratic senator raise campaign cash for what could be a rough road to re-election next year.
The president, Nelson, and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, will attend two fundraisers in Miami Beach. The first will be held at the Fountainbleau Resort Hotel and the second at the Miami Beach, Florida home of Judith and Michael Adler, large contributors to Democratic candidates and causes.
(CNN)-Donald Trump will compete in Iowa, if he decides to run for the Republican presidential nomination.
In an interview Thursday with the "Des Moines Register," Trump indicated that he would campaign aggressively in Iowa for the first-in-the-nation caucus and plans to visit the Hawkeye state soon, though he's still contemplating a formal bid for the White House.
(CNN) - Mike Huckabee is explaining comments he made earlier this week criticizing Oscar winner Natalie Portman for being pregnant and unmarried.
"In a recent media interview about my new book, A Simple Government, I discussed the first chapter, 'The Most Important Form of Government Is a Father, Mother, and Children,'" Huckabee said in a statement obtained by CNN. "I was asked about Oscar-winner Natalie Portman's out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar trophy and I am glad she will marry her baby's father. However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not "slam" or "attack" Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country."