Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Dean Heller was sworn in as the Nevada's new senator Monday by Vice President Joe Biden.
Heller was appointed by Republican Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to fill the seat vacated by Sen. John Ensign, who resigned in April amidst a Senate ethics investigation.
Washington (CNN) – Two days before The Tea Party Express reveals what it's called a major "surprise endorsement" for the 2012 races, the group has provided details to CNN.
On Monday, Tea Party Express National Spokesman Levi Russell said that its Senate endorsement – their first for the upcoming political cycle - will focus on Nebraska. The group will officially reveal the recipient of its endorsement at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington on Wednesday.
New York (CNN) – In light of recent findings that al Qaeda was mulling targeting railroad lines to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, a senator from New York is calling for tighter rail security.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer proposed an increase in rail security and an Amtrak version of the Secure Flight "no-fly" list.
Capitol Hill (CNN) - On Capitol Hill, the end of Osama bin Laden is opening up a new chapter in the debate over the war he sparked. (See what Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, told CNN over the weekend here.) This week, American Sauce burrows into the basic and slippery question of "what is the mission in Afghanistan?" You'll hear a difference between how Presidents Bush and Obama described the objectives and how the military in Afghanistan outlined them to us last week.
Washington (CNN) – With news that a group of influential Iowa Republican donors is heading to New Jersey this month to meet Governor Chris Christie and urge him to run for President, he again on Monday insisted he will not become a candidate for the 2012 nomination.
"You have to feel in your heart you want to be president more than anything else, and I am not there right now," Christie told radio talk show host Chris Sitgall Monday morning.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The high price of gasoline is changing the driving and spending habits of Americans, and the public blames speculators and oil companies for the price spike, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey.
Sixty-three percent of Americans say they have cut back on driving due to the high price of gas. And almost six in ten report spending less on other items due to the rise in prices at the pump, a sign of a spillover effect into the broader economy.
TOPICS: Blame for gas prices, oil company profits, changes in driving and spending, long lines vs. high prices
Full results (pdf)
(CNN) – Missouri attorney, Republican Ed Martin, who was considering a run for Senate, announced his candidacy for Congress Monday in the state's newly redrawn 2nd district.
Martin's move is further evidence that Republican Rep. Todd Akin, who currently holds the seat, is likely to run for Senate against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. State Treasurer Sarah Steelman is currently the only declared Republican in the Senate race.
Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will announce his presidential campaign on Wednesday, his spokesman Rick Tyler confirmed to CNN. Gingrich, who has been exploring a presidential bid for several months, "will announce on Twitter and Facebook."
His first formal speech as a presidential candidate will be Friday at the Georgia Republican Convention.
Washington (CNN) – Add Mitt Romney to the growing list of probable 2012 GOP presidential candidates speaking at a major social conservative conference early next month here in the nation's capitol.
The former Massachusetts governor and 2008 Republican White House hopeful will address the Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing on Friday, June 3rd, according to an early Monday morning announcement on the organization's website by Ralph Reed, the founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. A Romney adviser also confirmed the appearance. In recent months Romney's beefed up his campaign staff, and last month he formed a presidential exploratory committee.