Indianapolis, Indiana (CNN) - Over a thousand Indiana Republicans greeted Gov. Mitch Daniels at a fundraising dinner Thursday with a standing ovation and a flurry of green signs reading, "RUN MITCH RUN."
Daniels answered the frenzy in his typical self-deprecating fashion: with a joke about his diminutive stature.
(CNN)-Arizona Sen. John McCain tried to straighten the record on the relationship between torture and intelligence late Thursday. On CNN’s “John King, USA,” the Republican war veteran and POW in Vietnam stood firm on his opinion that enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding amount to torture.
And for McCain, the stakes are too high to be wrong. The five-term senator told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, “I had to speak out because I do feel strongly … it really is about the moral standing of the United States of America in the world.”
Washington (CNN) - Two U.S. lawmakers joined the call Thursday for the release of photos of Osama bin Laden's body, after seeing the images themselves.
"These are very graphic, gruesome pictures," said Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado. But seeing them "gave me a sense of finality and closure."
Members of Senate and House committees that deal with intelligence and military matters have been invited to see the photos. Some of his colleagues had declined the offer, Lamborn said. He did not name those lawmakers.FULL STORY
(CNN) - In a Thursday speech that was equal parts college lecture and campaign stump, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney issued a defense of the health care "experiment" he implemented while governor and slammed the Obama administration's health care reform law as a federal "power grab."
The potential GOP presidential contender said he would "issue waivers for all 50 states" to opt-out of health care reform on his first day in office should he be "lucky" enough to become president. He expressed the same sentiment in an op-ed for USA Today Thursday, which explicitly detailed his five-point plan.
New York (CNNMoney) - We're swimming in debt, but it wasn't always like this.
In 2001, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would run a surplus of $5.6 trillion over the ensuing decade.
That didn't happen. Instead, we racked up deficits of $6.2 trillion, a swing of $11.8 trillion, according to a new analysis from the CBO released Thursday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – The Senate Ethics Committee announced Thursday that it has referred key findings of its case against former Sen. John Ensign to the Justice Department, laying the groundwork for possible prosecution of the Nevada Republican.
Ensign resigned his Senate seat May 3 after revelations that he had an affair with a female aide who was married to another top aide and that his parents subsequently gave money to the aides' family.FULL STORY
Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."
(CNN) - On January 2, 1960, John F. Kennedy announced his presidential candidacy. In a short statement, he declared that "the presidency is the most powerful office in the Free World" and outlined the issues of the day.
He told voters how he had traveled to every state over the past 40 months, and was convinced that he would win "both the [Democratic] nomination and the election. I believe that any ... aspirant ... should be willing to submit to the voters his views, record and competence in a series of primary contests."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – The battle between Newt Gingrich and President Obama over the "Winning the Future" slogan continues.
It was a Gingrich line, then an Obama line, then a Sarah Palin joke and point and now the headline for the former House speaker's presidential campaign.
Washington (CNN) – Can Democrats and Republicans agree on terms to increase the amount of money the federal government is allowed to borrow, before Washington defaults on its financial obligations?
That question - dry perhaps, but important to your bottom line - will take center stage once again Thursday as President Barack Obama meets behind closed doors at the White House with Senate Republicans.