Washington (CNN)- House Republican leaders, already facing GOP defections over a spending bill many think doesn't cut enough, are now scrambling to stem Republican concern that what it does cut is only a fraction of what's being advertised.
At issue is a new report from the Congressional Budget Office that says while the spending bill does cut roughly $38 billion, only a small part of that – $352 million – will be realized this year.
(CNN) – Entertainer, billionaire, businessman and now, maybe, politician?
CNN has video of Donald Trump fulfilling all of these roles including his famous nuzzle with Rudy Giuliani in drag. With the possibility of a presidential run, Trump is being roasted under the media's heat lamp (more than usual). However, judging from these snappy comebacks and flat-out insults, Donald Trump doesn't seem like he'll be cracking under pressure any time soon.
Washington (CNN) - To keep control of the Senate, Patty Murray, Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is targeting six currently Republican held Senate seats while defending the 23 seats held by Democrats up for reelection in 2012.
Although she's not expecting the cycle to be easy, the senior Washington senator said unrest in the Republican Party only helps her chances.
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Washington (CNN) – In a way, President Barack Obama's budget speech Wednesday was all about timing: He had played the adult in a successful congressional lame-duck session in December. He reprised the role in averting the government shutdown crisis.
In the meantime, House Republicans had delivered a politically risky budget, calling for the transformation of Medicare into a voucher program - and no tax increases for the wealthy. They would vote on the highly flammable political proposition in a day or two.
Washington (CNN) - As he continues to mull a presidential bid, or say he is mulling a presidential bid, business mogul Donald Trump is lamenting the fact President Obama appears to have locked up the black vote.
"I have a great relationship with the blacks," Trump told Albany's Talk Radio 1300 Thursday. "I've always had a great relationship with the blacks."
New Haven, Connecticut (CNN) – It might be a stretch to call him the big man on campus. But Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is getting some presidential buzz at colleges across the country.
Daniels, a Republican, can thank Yale University students Max Eden and Michael Knowles, who launched the Students for Daniels website.
WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) – The controversial governor of Wisconsin defended his efforts to limit public employees' collective bargaining rights and make them pay more toward pension and health care costs at a congressional hearing on Thursday.
Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, compared his actions in Wisconsin to other states that are laying off public employees and increasing property taxes
Washington (CNN) - It turns out that Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Mitt Romney aren't the only major potential presidential candidates who have taken formal steps to run for the White House.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who in 2008 stunned the presidential field with his fundraising prowess and legion of supporters, has filed a "political organization" notice with the IRS, a move that makes it possible for the potential 2012 presidential candidate to accept donations that can later be used for a White House campaign.
Washington (CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may be President Barack Obama's toughest competitor in Florida, according to a poll in the Sunshine State.
In the Suffolk University survey released Wednesday, Romney holds a 43 to 42 percent margin over Obama among registered voters in Florida in a hypothetical match-up, with one in ten undecided. The poll indicates that Obama holds a 44 to 41 percent margin over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, with 11 percent undecided, in another possible 2012 general election matchup.
Washington (CNN) – Just three days after announcing he was forming a presidential exploratory committee, Mitt Romney made another key hire as he continues to build up his campaign staff.
Romney's exploratory committee announced Thursday that Gail Gitcho will serve as communications director. For Gitcho, who's served as communications director the past year for Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, it's a bit of a homecoming, as she was a regional press secretary for Romney's 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination.