Washington (CNN) – Days before the president unveils a plan to tackle the national deficit, a senatorial odd couple said their bipartisan proposal could present the best chance for managing the nation's money problems.
Republican Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia said the pitch from their so-called Gang of Six bipartisan group would come soon, and warned their colleagues and constituents to expect proposed changes to two hotly contested issues - taxes and entitlement programs.
(CNN) – The chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party spoke kindly of likely presidential contender Mitt Romney Monday, defending the passage of the health care plan he signed while governor of Massachusetts.
"It really was an innovative experiment, he's a very smart man and what he did was he came up with this program geared for the state of Massachusetts, it was never meant to be some model for a national health care program," Jack Kimball said on CNN's "John King, USA" Monday. "And Mitt Romney's made it very clear and as recently as a few weeks ago to me that he's in favor of complete repeal of 'Obamacare' and that each state should come up with their own plan."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's sister acknowledged his first term has been a "challenging time," but said it's important he win a second term.
"He has a healthy dose of pragmatism and he knew there would be enormous challenges and that it would be hard work, but of course there are things that happened that are simply unforeseen," Maya Soetoro-Ng told CNN's Piers Morgan in an interview set to air Tuesday. "As a citizen and as a parent myself, it's very important to me that he run and win."
Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann took to the stage in the key state of Iowa on Monday, telling the audience that the best strategy for blocking liberal policies is to defund the left.
The Republican congresswoman, who is eyeing running for the GOP presidential nomination, told a Pella, Iowa crowd, "What we need to do is expose these policies that we see on the left, expose them, and then number two, defund them."
Washington (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama's efforts to eliminate childhood obesity through her Let's Move initiative are getting a big boost by Beyonce. The Grammy-award winning pop star is releasing "Let's Move! Flash Workout" a video re-written with new words to her hit song "Get Me Bodied," the press office for the first lady confirmed to CNN.
The new video is set for release May 3rd at a "dance-in" at middle schools across the country. A preview is now posted on YouTube and shows Beyonce dancing at a school with kids. The pop star opens the video by saying her intent is to "promote the benefits of healthy eating and exercise, but what we want to do is make it fun."
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's sister thinks the birther movement is "unfortunate."
"I think it's unfortunate. He was born in Hawaii, there is a tremendous amount of proof that has already been presented," Maya Soetoro-Ng told CNN's Piers Morgan in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday. "I think that it is time for people to put that to bed, put it to rest completely."
Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney Monday took his first formal step towards launching another bid for the White House.
The former Massachusetts governor, who was a candidate for 2008 Republican presidential nomination, announced that he was setting up a presidential exploratory committee.
Washington (CNN) – While the media continues its love affair, or perhaps flirtation, with Gov. Chris Christie, the majority of Americans have no opinion of the New Jersey Republican, according to a new national survey.
In the Gallup poll released Monday, 52 percent of registered voters had no opinion of Christie, 27 percent held a favorable view and 22 percent had an unfavorable view. He fared slightly better among Republicans, 47 percent of whom had no opinion, while 41 percent had a favorable view and 12 percent had an unfavorable view. Among independents 55 percent had no opinion, 26 percent had a favorable opinion and 20 percent had an unfavorable view. Fifty percent of registered Democrats had no opinion, 18 percent had a favorable view and 32 percent had an unfavorable view.
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Washington (CNN) – Michele Bachmann just may be a one-term president.
That's what the Minnesota Republican is pledging should she ultimately decide to run for president and win the White House, providing she can "turn things around" in that time frame.