(CNN) - President Barack Obama will visit the Central Intelligence Agency's headquarters in Langley, Virginia, Friday to thank CIA operatives for the "work they do every day to keep America safe and specifically for their excellent work in tracking down Osama bin Laden," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.
Obama's decision to visit the CIA came shortly after the successful raid on bin Laden's Pakistani compound, Carney said.
(CNN) - If Jon Huntsman formally jumps into the race for the White House, he'll likely base his campaign headquarters in Orlando, Florida, a Republican source confirms to CNN.
The source points out that Huntsman's wife grew up in the Orlando area and still has family there, including her parents.
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista Gingrich had glitter dumped on them at a book signing in Minneapolis, Minnesota Tuesday. The video was posted on what appears to be a liberal blog that among other issues is pro-gay rights.
(CNN) – Amid predictions from some within the GOP ranks that Newt Gingrich has fatally harmed his presidential chances, the former House Speaker issued a full-throated apology Tuesday for leveling criticisms at Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan.
"I made a mistake and I called Paul Ryan today, who's a very close personal friend – and I said that. The fact is that I have supported what Ryan's trying to do on the budget … the budget vote is one that I am happy to say I would have voted for, I will defend, and I will answer any Democrat who attempts to distort what I said." Gingrich said Tuesday during an appearance on Fox News.
Dallas (CNN) - For the second year in a row, the Tennessee Republican Party has landed a potential presidential candidate to headline its biggest fundraising dinner of the year.
CNN has learned that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who could be just days away from announcing a Republican presidential bid, will keynote the party's Statesmen's Dinner in Nashville on July 15.
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CNN: Coburn pulls out of Gang of Six, dealing blow to deficit talks
Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, is pulling out of so-called "Gang of Six" bipartisan negotiations for now – dealing a potentially fatal blow to the group that has been working intensely for some five months to find agreement on a deficit reduction plan. Coburn believes the group has reached an "impasse."
CNNMoney: Risk default? 'You've got to be kidding' – Geithner
Now is the time to figure out how to rein in deficits, but even if lawmakers can't come to an agreement by early August, they will need to raise the debt ceiling, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Tuesday evening. "It simply is not an option for Congress to evade the basic responsibility to protect America's creditworthiness," Geithner said at the Harvard Club in New York City.