WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) – A big portion of President Obama's wealth is invested in federal debt, according to a financial disclosure form released Monday.
The president and First Lady Michelle Obama had assets valued between $2.8 million and $11.8 million in 2010.
(CNN) – Sen. John McCain's nearly 2 million Twitter followers are accustomed to reading the Republican senator's 140-character missives on politics and current events, but it was a reply last June to the MTV star Snooki for which his feed can credit its many followers.
Politico reports that McCain recounted the story of his infamous tweet to the "Jersey Shore" cast member at the inaugural Al Jazeera U.S. Forum at the Newseum Monday night.
(CNN) – With one week to go until election day, a once little-talked-about contest to fill a vacant congressional seat in upstate New York is now more than ever firmly in the national political spotlight.
And the race between Republican state Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, Democrat Kathleen Hochul, the Erie County clerk, and Jack Davis, a once-conservative Democrat who is running as a so-called tea party candidate, is becoming more and more a referendum on House Republican plans to alter Medicare, as both sides filling the airwaves with television ads attacking the other side over Medicare.
Dallas (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich might not want to count on a presidential endorsement from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
In an interview with CNN Tuesday, Haley sharply admonished Gingrich for his comments over the weekend disparaging the Medicare plan proposed by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan as "radical change" and "right-wing social engineering."
Washington (CNN) – Sam Feist, a 20-year CNN veteran with an extensive background in programming and newsgathering, was named by the network Tuesday to be its new Washington bureau chief.
Feist previously served as political director and vice president of Washington-based programming, where he played an instrumental role in shaping CNN’s award winning political coverage in 2006 and 2008, as well as helping create the network’s Washington-based shows including John King, USA, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and State of the Union with Candy Crowley.
(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan said Tuesday he won't run for the open Senate seat in Wisconsin, saying his efforts are best directed to tackling the country's fiscal issues in his post as chairman of the House Budget Committee.
“For my family and me, the most important factor in making this decision was determining where I could make the biggest difference," Ryan said in a statement. "Our nation is quickly approaching a debt crisis that will do serious damage to Wisconsinites and all Americans if it is not properly addressed. I believe continuing to serve as Chairman of the House Budget Committee allows me to have a greater impact in averting this debt-fueled economic crisis than if I were to run for the United States Senate."
(CNN) – Newt Gingrich has been an official presidential candidate for only a week, but the former House Speaker is already under siege from fellow Republicans over recent comments that disparaged a House GOP budget proposal and appeared to endorse some form of a health care mandate that conservatives have long derided.
"This is a big deal," said Charles Krauthammer, the conservative Washington Post columnist. "He's done. He didn't have a big chance from the beginning but now it's over."
Dallas (CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who was on the cusp of a presidential campaign before backing away from a bid last month, said Monday that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels should join the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Barbour is a friend and political ally of Daniels, who has remained coy about his presidential intentions despite entreaties from veteran Republican operatives and donors.
Dallas, Texas (CNN) - Republicans playing footsie with the presidential race and hoping to compete in the Iowa caucuses might want to start getting serious - and soon.
The Iowa Republican Party will hold their first meeting to outline rules and procedures for this year's Ames Straw Poll on Thursday, a state party official told CNN. Two representatives from each presidential campaign or potential campaign will be invited to the session.