(CNN) - A doctor treating Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords described her condition as "quite remarkable and better than we expected" during a news conference Friday in Houston, Texas.
Giffords has shown "better movement and better speaking," while enduring three hour daily rehabilitation sessions, according to Dr. Gerard Francisco.
(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's numerous statements that he's not interested in running for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination appears to be resonating with residents in his home state, according to a new poll.
And a Rutgers University/Eagleton Institute of Politics survey released Friday also indicates that a plurality of New Jersey residents think President Barack Obama deserves re-election next year.
Washington (CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama called Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Friday to discuss the massive earthquake that hit the island nation and the tsunami that has lashed out in the Pacific.
(CNN) - Potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will soon hit the best-seller list.
The former Arkansas governor's new book, "A Simple Government," will debut in the number two spot on the Hardcover Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous Best-Seller List to be published March 20th, according to the Times.
(CNN) – Sarah Palin once again sounded off on the Wisconsin budget debate, calling on union supporters to tone down the rhetoric.
The former Alaska governor told Fox News' Sean Hannity union bosses are "acting like thugs" and it is their responsibility to "turn down the rhetoric and start getting truth out there so that nobody gets hurt."
Washington (CNN) – President Obama sent his condolences to the people of Japan over the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake, and declared that the United States stands ready to offer aid because of the "unshakeable" bond between the two nations.
Obama, who was informed of the earthquake at 4 a.m. ET by Chief of Staff Bill Daley, also said he has instructed the Federal Emergency Management Agency "to be ready to assist Hawaii and the rest of the U.S. states and territories that could be affected" by tsunamis.
Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is increasingly serious about joining the wide-open race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
And a growing number of conservative activists, legislators and political operatives in key states stand ready to help her if she does.
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CNN: Emotions fly at controversial hearing on Muslim Americans
A controversial congressional hearing Thursday on the radicalization of Muslim Americans touched on sensitive questions involving terrorism and tolerance a decade after the 9/11 attacks. At times emotional and theatrical, the four-hour session of the House Homeland Security Committee included calls from moderate Muslims for support in overcoming extremists seeking to indoctrinate their children, as well as protests from Democratic legislators who complained the hearing unfairly implicated all Muslims for the criminal acts of a small minority. In the end, committee Chairman Peter King, R-New York, said the hearing that generated widespread media coverage "actually went a lot easier than it could have." He blamed what he called the "mindless, baseless hysteria in the media" in preceding weeks for the controversy, and promised additional hearings in coming months, with the next perhaps focusing on the radicalization of Muslims in U.S. prisons.