Kennedy Space Center, Florida (CNN) - The Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head just four months ago sat comfortably Monday morning, watching and cheering as the space shuttle Endeavour, with her husband aboard, took off on its final voyage.
Mark Kelly commands the shuttle's 16-day mission to the International Space Station. His wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, watched as Endeavour launched from the Kennedy Space Center just a few months after an assassination attempt at a public event in Tucson, Arizona.
Washington (CNNMoney) – It's tit for tat on trade treaties between President Obama and congressional Republicans.
Last month, Republicans threatened not to confirm Obama's nominee for commerce secretary unless he sent Congress trade treaties with Korea, Colombia and Panama for ratification.
Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) - It's graduation day for Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, and President Barack Obama flew to town to address the students who have beaten the odds to receive their diplomas.
The students knew he would address to them from the stage, but the president surprised them by visiting them in their holding room prior to the ceremony.
Washington (CNN) - Do you need more evidence that Jon Huntsman is making the moves towards running for Republican presidential nomination?
If so, here you go: Huntsman will attend a major social conservative conference early next month here in the nation's capitol. The former U.S. Ambassador to China and former Utah governor will address the Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing on Friday June 3, according to a statement Monday from Ralph Reed, the organization's founder. A spokesman for Huntsman confirmed the news to CNN.
(CNN) - Real estate mogul and television celebrity Donald Trump, who generated a media publicity blitz by saying he might run for president in 2012, announced Monday that he will instead remain a businessman.
"After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the presidency," Trump said in a statement.
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich may have appeared to significantly separate himself Sunday from a leading House GOP proposal to institute a voucher program in place of Medicare, but a Gingrich spokesman insists there is actually little difference between the former House Speaker and Republicans on the Hill.
"There is little daylight between Ryan and Gingrich," Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler told conservative publication The Weekly Standard. "But look how it gets reported. Newt would fully support Ryan if it were not compulsory. We need to design a better system that people will voluntarily move to. That is a major difference in design but not substance."
Washington (CNN) - After a travel-filled day, President Barack Obama ends his day with some pure politics.
The president will headline two fundraisers in the nation's capitol Monday night. The first is a dinner at the St. Regis hotel in downtown Washington, with the second a reception at the Capitol Hilton, which is located across the street from the St. Regis.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Republican budget guru Paul Ryan is not backing down.
The House Budget Committee chairman will mount a defense of his controversial plan for federal spending in a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago Monday afternoon.
(CNN) – Tim Pawlenty's early campaign efforts have been largely confined to the two leadoff states of Iowa and New Hampshire, but the former Minnesota governor is now expanding his operation into South Carolina, the early primary state with a can't-miss record of picking the Republican presidential nominee.
CNN has learned that Pawlenty has hired Kurt Pickhardt, who until last week was the Operations Director for the South Carolina Republican Party, to serve as his political director in the state.
Members of 'Grassfed On The Hill' milk a cow in front of Capitol Hill to promote the use of raw or unpasteurized milk, and to protest government regulation of small farms.