Washington (CNN)– If you are looking for a good place to raise campaign contributions, New York City is pretty much the smartest and most lucrative choice. And that's where President Barack Obama's headed, as he headlines three fundraisers Wednesday night in New York City.
The first gathering is a dinner at the home of Jon Corzine, the former governor and senator from New Jersey. Democratic sources tell CNN this is the linchpin of the three fundraisers because of Corzine's ability to bring Wall Street back to the president, a constituency that has felt alienated by Obama's tough stance on financial regulatory reform.
Houston (CNN) – A plane carrying U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords departed Houston on Wednesday headed for Florida, where she is scheduled to attend the Friday launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, commanded by her husband, Mark Kelly.
Giffords has been recovering at a Houston rehabilitation hospital after she was shot in the head at a public event January 8 in Tucson, Arizona.
(CNN) - It's to be determined if she has the Alaskan accent down, but actress Julianne Moore appears to have nailed the look.
People Magazine has scored the first photograph of the actress in costume as the former Alaska governor for the upcoming HBO movie, Game Change.
(CNN) – Donald Trump says he's leading in the polls, and he points to a CNN poll to prove his point.
"CNN did a poll recently where President Obama and I are statistically tied," Trump told reporters Wednesday morning upon arriving in New Hampshire. "If you would like, I can send it to you. Call up CNN."
(CNN) - As Katie Couric gets set to leave CBS News after five years in the anchor chair, it doesn't appear as if Sarah Palin will be sending any flowers.
Appearing on Fox News Tuesday, Palin mocked the CBS newswoman who told People Magazine she is looking forward to a new position that will facilitate "multi-dimensional storytelling."
(CNN) - Republicans are reacting on Twitter and via statements to President Obama’s surprise release of his birth certificate Wednesday:
Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor
@SarahPalinUSA Media: admit it, Trump forced the issue. Now, don't let the WH distract you w/the birth crt from what Bernanke says today. Stay focused, eh?
Mitt Romney, former and likely presidential candidate
@MittRomney What President Obama should really be releasing is a jobs plan
Washington (CNN) – More Latinos voted in last year's elections than in any other midterm contest in the nation's history, but their voting participation lags behind other groups, according to a new report based on Census Bureau numbers.
An analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, indicates that more than 6.6 million Latinos cast ballots in last year's midterm elections, an increase of around one million from the 2006 midterms. Latinos represented 6.9 percent of all voters last year, up from 5.8 percent in 2006.
Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich condemned the growth of American secularism in harsh terms Wednesday at a Catholic prayer breakfast in Washington.
It's a pet topic for Gingrich, who converted to Catholicism two years ago. His 2006 book "Rediscovering God in America" opened with the blistering line: "There is no attack on American life more destructive and more historically dishonest than the secular Left's relentless effort to drive God out of America's public square."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he has watched the birther story "with bemusement."
The president said he has "been puzzled" at the staying power of the story. "This thing just keeps on going."
(CNN) - Donald Trump is taking full credit for the release of President Obama's birth certificate.
"I am very proud of myself. I have accomplished something nobody else has accomplished," he told reporters in New Hampshire Wednesday.