Washington (CNN) - President Obama granted eight pardons Friday for convictions ranging from the distribution of illegal drugs, stealing satellite cable and even the prohibited sale of alligator hides.
The details from the White House:
Washington (CNNMoney) – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka accused House Speaker John Boehner of blackmailing America for withholding his vote to raise the debt ceiling unless there are drastic spending cuts.
"Now we see Speaker Boehner and his colleagues engaged in a new round of blackmail with a ransom note that reads: 'Cut Medicare, dismantle the government, destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs to fund more tax cuts for the rich, or we will cause the United States to default on its debts'," Trumka said in a speech at the National Press Club on Friday.
New York (CNNMoney) – Call it the Battle of the Ricks.
Florida Governor Rick Scott is determined to swipe the title of most business-friendly state from Rick Perry, his counterpart in Texas, which has held it for seven years.
Washington (CNN) – Former Utah Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman Jon Huntsman has yet to make a formal announcement he's running for president, but tells CNN's John King, if voters don't like him, "there's always other alternatives."
In an interview set to air on John King, USA at 7PM E.T., Huntsman asserts he's "for civil unions" and doesn't mind being criticized by some conservatives for his past record of supporting equal rights for gay couples. "I'm for traditional marriage but I think...it comes to equality and fairness," and he challenged unconvinced conservatives to look at his "total record".
(CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels received 16 stitches to his forehead after being struck by a door after a workout Friday, his office said.
After finishing a workout at an Indianapolis gym, the potential 2012 presidential candidate was standing near a door that suddenly swung open and struck him. Daniels was transported to a nearby hospital, treated, and released.
Concord, NH (CNN) – Just a few weeks after departing his job as U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman sounded ever the diplomat in his first couple of days as a potential presidential candidate.
Meeting face to face with voters at events in private homes in New Hampshire, Huntsman took few if any political swipes at his former boss, President Obama.
A crowd of about 1,000 greeted Obama with cheers and a standing ovation, according to CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf.
Washington (CNN) –Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday firmly rejected President Barack Obama's call for a return to the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, telling the U.S. leader that such a move is impossible in light of current security concerns and demographic realities.
Listen: Candy Crowley and Bob Costantini talk Obama-Middle East and the GOP's Help Wanted attitude:
The two leaders pledged to work together, however, in the pursuit of a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
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(CNN) - South Carolina state Rep. Nathan Ballentine will appear with Mitt Romney at a forum for small business owners near Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday, the former Massachusetts governor's first visit to the early primary state as a potential presidential candidate.
But Ballentine, one of Gov. Nikki Haley's top lieutenants in the state legislature, said he isn't quite ready to endorse Romney's nascent campaign, still in its exploratory phase, even though Ballentine backed his 2008 presidential bid.
The Gang of Six is now a group of five senators, and they’re no closer to a deal that would keep the United States from defaulting on its debt. We’ll ask one of the remaining legislators, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin if the few wisps of bipartisanship left on Capitol Hill are now drifting away.
Then, improving intelligence gathering in the wake of the Arab Spring with two members of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, Reps. Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger.
And presidential politics after a week that saw Newt Gingrich get glittered and Jon Huntsman hit the trail. Who’s out to an early lead and does the GOP still need a boost to beat President Obama? Former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey and former Biden chief of staff Ron Klain, will join us.