Washington (CNN) - Fundraisers working for Mitt Romney rose before dawn Monday to gather throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center hoping to give his run for the 2012 Republican nomination a financial boost.
As a result campaign aides announced late Monday a much bigger haul than some donors had predicted: $10.25 million. Approximately 800 participants in the eight hour "Call Day" phoned donors across the country.
(CNN) - With former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s announcement this weekend that he won’t seek the presidency, one of the largest voting blocs in the Republican Party is now officially up for grabs: evangelical Christians.
As a presidential candidate in 2008, Huckabee - a Baptist minister who focused on faith-related issues like opposition to abortion - rode evangelical support to victory in Iowa and seven other states during the primaries and caucuses. John McCain eventually won the GOP nomination.
Washington (CNN) - As the Mississippi River rises in Memphis, one group of students and teachers are distracted by some good news.
Their school, Booker T. Washington High School in inner-city Memphis, has won the White House's Race to the Top Commencement Challenge, the White House announced on Tuesday.
Washington (CNN) – After setting tongues wagging over the thought of a run for president, launching eye-popping attacks and accusations against the president and other political enemies, openly cursing at more than one political event and even using an interview to name his best orgasm ever, Donald Trump has done it again, essentially firing himself from seeking the top political job in the nation.
On Monday, the real estate mogul announced that he would not run for president.
(CNN) - On the same day he decided against a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, real estate mogul Donald Trump is "reassessing his commitment" to appear in Iowa at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, according to the Iowa Republican Party.
"While our invitation to Mr. Trump never hinged on a potential Trump candidacy, Iowans responded enthusiastically and with great interest in his appearance at our annual Lincoln Day Dinner," Iowa GOP spokesman Casey Mills said in a statement Monday. "Today, it is our understanding that Mr. Trump is reassessing his commitment."
(CNN) – Two days after former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced he will not run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, one of his advisers has thrown his support behind former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.
Mike Campbell, the son of former South Carolina Gov. Carroll Campbell and the South Carolina Chairman for Mike Huckabee's 2008 presidential campaign, said he was "extremely impressed" with Huntsman, who has yet to decide if he will run in 2012.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - California Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a revised budget Monday that calls for a $9.3 billion tax extension, coupled with a $2.6 billion cut in spending.
Despite steep opposition from Republican lawmakers and some of his own supporters, Brown is holding firm to his belief that the state's budget crisis should be addressed with a mix of tax hikes and spending cuts. The governor did not unveil the draconian spending cuts that some observers had thought he would. Instead, he continued to press for an extension of tax hikes currently set to expire. And he still wants voters to have a say on the extension of the levies.
(CNN) - Mike Huckabee sat in his television studio in New York City Saturday night and announced he would not be running for president.
Instead, he'd continue hosting his weekly show and collecting a Fox News paycheck, playing bass guitar occasionally and making a few speeches around the country. After the live announcement on his TV show, a pre-taped message from Donald Trump aired, with the Donald saying, "a lot of people are very happy that he will not be running, especially other candidates."
Capitol Hill (CNN) – President Obama rails against "tax cuts for the wealthy." Republicans passionately push back, saying the president wants to hike taxes on "job creators." Meanwhile, the spending cut knife and partisan debate hover over Medicare and Medicaid, two programs critical to many of the poor. Neither side admits it, but the massive budget battle of 2012 hinges on the age-old debate of rich versus poor.
The twist now: the gap between rich and poor in America is growing dramatically. Yet, few in Congress or the media tackle the uncomfortable topic directly.
Not so, CNN's American Sauce. This week we lay out exactly where things stand for rich and poor in the United States, the status of the middle class (what is the middle class?) and we have blunt conversations with a multimillionaire and a woman of more humble means who are neighbors in New York City.
The point is not to blame either side, but to take a sober look at a tremendous issue in politics and American life.
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Or keep reading for some key statistics on rich and poor in the U.S.
Dallas, Texas (CNN) - Donald Trump's decision to forgo a 2012 presidential bid was met with a shrug by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Monday.
"It's his choice," Priebus told reporters in Dallas, where RNC members are meeting for a three-day strategy session.
"I'd just say it's another day of putting the field together and making sure Barack Obama is a one-term president," he said.