Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - In the first major event in Iowa featuring a series of potential candidates, five men likely to seek the GOP presidential nomination will speak Monday night at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's Spring Kick Off.
The coalition is one of the major political interest groups in the state.
(CNN) - Sen. John Ensign of Nevada will go before cameras in Las Vegas Monday afternoon, to announce that he will not run for re-election next year, two sources tell CNN.
The two term Republican will make a statement at noon local (3 p.m. ET) at the Lloyd G. George Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Monday was already shaping up to be a busy day on the calendar in Iowa for political reporters, with six potential Republican presidential candidates slated to make appearances at various forums in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
A press release on Sunday afternoon, however, added one more event to the daybook: "Michael Cohen, Executive Vice President and Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump, will hold a media availability at Signature FBO in Des Moines tomorrow morning at 9:15 a.m."
(CNN) - With the addition of two more potential presidential candidates, the Conservative Principles Conference hosted by Iowa Rep. Steve King is turning into another big gathering of 2012 hopefuls.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will join Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, radio host Herman Cain, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and the banquet's keynote speaker, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, at the March 26th event in the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state. According to a press release, the politicians will join participating organizations which include the Tea Party Patriots, the Family Research Council and Citizens United.
Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court has again rejected an appeal from a "birther" proponent questioning the citizenship of President Barack Obama.
The justices Monday turned aside without comment a request for a rehearing of various claims, after dismissing the original appeal in late January.
Washington (CNN) - Just because you're the commander in chief doesn't mean you're immune to those everyday traffic woes. A U.S. Park Police motorcycle, which was part of the presidential motorcade security, appeared to rear-end a small minibus Monday morning as President and Mrs. Obama returned to the White House from a teacher visit at their daughter Sasha's school in suburban Maryland.
The press pool reporter said it was a small, black mini bus. The Secret Service told CNN no one was hurt in the minor accident and that the motorcade zipped past the fender bender.
Washington (CNN) - Back in 2006, as a Republican governor in a deep blue state, Mitt Romney signed into law a health care plan that would insure almost every resident of Massachusetts. At the time, it was praised by supporters of health care reform as a landmark achievement for the then-governor. The lynchpin of "Romneycare" was an insurance mandate that required the people of Massachusetts to get health insurance.
In an interview with CNN in 2009, as Washington was debating President Barack Obama's health care proposal, Romney said portions of the Massachusetts law could serve as a model for the country.
Washington (CNN) - Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie nabbed the "hottest politician" title among those in elected office, according to a new national survey.
First lady Michelle Obama received 60 degrees on the "feeling thermometer," followed by 59.2 degrees for former President Bill Clinton and 57 degrees for Christie in a new Quinnipiac University poll that asked voters to rate their feelings about politicians and national figures from 0 to 100 degrees.