Washington (CNN) - Donald Trump has spent weeks raising questions about President Barack Obama's birth certificate, but Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday that so-called "birther" claims are a distraction from more pressing issues facing the nation.
"Trump and the candidates can talk about it all they want, but my position is that the president was born in the United States," Priebus told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
(CNN) – With his Southern accent, background as a two-term governor and varied political experience, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour thought he might be the perfect candidate to go up against President Barack Obama.
For the past few months he explored whether he might have enough support for a 2012 White House run, road-testing his message in key early-voting states with the kind of stops any presidential wannabe must make.
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Don't expect any hugging or kissing. But Democrats and Republicans may eventually at least hold hands in solidarity over one big idea: Scale back or eliminate tax breaks in exchange for lowering rates.
Today, there are dozens of tax credits, deductions and exclusions that cost federal coffers more than $1 trillion a year. That's a little more than a third of all annual federal spending.
(CNN) – Supporters of Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, are asking that a judge's injunction barring the measure's enforcement be thrown out because the judge failed to disclose his involvement in a long-term same-sex relationship.
In August, then-U.S. Chief Judge Vaughn Walker ruled the measure violates the Constitution's equal protection clause. "Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples," Walker wrote in his 136-page opinion.
Washington (CNN) - There's plenty of bad news to go around in a new survey out Tuesday that suggests both President Obama and his eventual Republican challenger will face a substantial portion of the electorate who refuse to vote for them - especially if that challenger is Donald Trump or Sarah Palin.
According to the new survey from USA Today/Gallup, 46 percent of Americans say Obama will definitely not get their vote – a number that suggests the president has little room for error in his effort to win reelection.
(CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is predicting continued high unemployment will result in a Republican 2012 victory over President Obama.
The 2008 Republican presidential candidate and former businessman, who is likely to put his economic credentials front and center in the upcoming campaign, even has a name for the current state of affairs: the Obama Misery Index.
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CNN: What does Barbour's exit mean for the GOP race?
Haley Barbour's exit from the GOP presidential sweepstakes leaves his endorsement and donors up for grabs. "He's a campaign without a candidate," says GOP strategist Alex Castellanos. And those who know Barbour expect him to take sides in the GOP primary.
CNN: Rep. Paul to announce presidential exploratory committee
Republican Texas Rep. Ron Paul will announce on Tuesday the formation of a presidential exploratory committee at an event in Des Moines, Iowa, CNN has learned. While Paul is announcing an exploratory committee, he has not made a final decision about launching a campaign for the White House in 2012.