Washington (CNN) – Former Sen. George LeMieux announced Tuesday that he will join the Florida Senate race and seek to reclaim his old job.
The Republican made his announcement on a Florida radio station.
(CNN) – Comedienne Tina Fey might be most well known for her 2008 portrayal of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live – an impersonation that, to the detriment of the McCain campaign, led many to confuse Fey with the real thing.
But now Fey is defending her role as Palin amid critics who say she unfairly exploited the Alaska governor.
(CNN) - The man who is arguably the most frequent flyer of the early stages of the battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is making his first visit this cycle to Nevada.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum will head to Reno, Nevada Thursday to headline a fundraiser for the Washoe County Republican Party, a Santorum aide tells CNN. The former senator and probable 2012 Republican White House hopeful will also headline Republican events in Denver, Colorado and California on his western swing.
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CNN: Obama invites congressional leaders for budget talks
President Barack Obama has invited congressional leaders for a meeting Tuesday to try to push through a budget deal three days before the deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown. The meeting comes as Republican and Democratic leaders signaled a continuing stalemate in negotiations on how much to cut government spending for the rest of the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30. Without a deal by Friday, when the current spending authorization measure expires, parts of the government will shut down.
CNN: Ryan to unveil budget plan that cuts $6 trillion in 10 years
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, will unveil a highly anticipated 2012 Republican budget proposal Tuesday that would cut about $6 trillion over 10 years, according to GOP sources familiar with the document. The plan, the most detailed economic guidepost for the new House GOP majority, would also mean dramatic changes to those political lightning rods – entitlements. The GOP budget blueprint calls for a controversial overhaul of Medicare, the health care program for seniors. And it imposes deep cuts in Medicaid, which provides health benefits to low-income Americans.