Todd Palin on possible 2012 campaign: 'This family has been tested'
Sarah Palin and family attended the Rolling Thunder Memorial Day motorcyle ride at the Pentagon Sunday.
May 31st, 2011
11:46 AM ET
4 years ago

Todd Palin on possible 2012 campaign: 'This family has been tested'

Dillsburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Todd Palin told a handful of reporters Tuesday that his wife will decide on her own whether or not to seek the presidency. He is not pushing her one way or the other, he said.

But he emphasized that if the former Alaska governor does choose to embark on another national campaign, he and their children will be ready.
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Ex-utility exec nominated for Commerce chief
May 31st, 2011
11:23 AM ET
4 years ago

Ex-utility exec nominated for Commerce chief

New York (CNNMoney) - President Obama will nominate the former CEO of the utility company Edison International, John Bryson, to lead the Commerce Department, the White House said Tuesday.

If confirmed, Bryson would succeed Gary Locke, who has been nominated to serve as ambassador to China. Bryson will be officially introduced as the nominee at a Rose Garden ceremony later Tuesday.

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Filed under: Gary Locke • President Obama
Iowa Republicans come to NJ to court Christie
May 31st, 2011
11:16 AM ET
3 years ago

Iowa Republicans come to NJ to court Christie

(CNN) - A group of influential Iowa GOP donors meet Tuesday with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in what appears to be another sign that many Republicans aren't satisfied with the current crop of candidates running for the GOP presidential nomination.

The half-dozen or so businessmen from the state that holds the first contest in the presidential caucus and primary calendar meet Tuesday evening at the New Jersey governor's residence with Christie, whose tough talk, outspoken comments, and battles with state Democratic lawmakers over budget cuts have made him very popular with Republicans across the country, which has led to calls that he run for the White House.
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Debt ceiling talks: How to cut $1 trillion
May 31st, 2011
11:04 AM ET
4 years ago

Debt ceiling talks: How to cut $1 trillion

New York (CNNMoney) -- The search for budget savings is on.

For the past couple weeks, Vice President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of lawmakers have held a series of meetings. Their mission: Find money in the federal budget that can be cut and thus pave the way for Congress to raise the debt ceiling.

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Filed under: Debt • Joe Biden
American Sauce: The Ryan Medicare Plan
May 31st, 2011
11:00 AM ET
4 years ago

American Sauce: The Ryan Medicare Plan

Capitol Hill (CNN) - As families make their 2011 summer plans, we here at American Sauce are thinking about 2011 summer politics. The Medicare plan from House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, is a clear, early contender, to dominate town halls and political barbecues.

What's in it? That is our podcast this week. Listen here. Comment below. Or keep reading.
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Filed under: American Sauce • Medicare • Paul Ryan
'Birther' book soars
Obama smiles as he makes a statement on his birth certificate at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 27, 2011.
May 31st, 2011
09:42 AM ET
3 years ago

'Birther' book soars

(CNN) – A new book, now number six on the New York Times' Best Sellers list, is putting the so-called "birther" issue back on the national stage.

"Where's the Birth Certificate?" by Jerome Corsi, which debuted on the list out Sunday, argues President Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen and therefore cannot be president.
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Filed under: Birthers • Donald Trump • President Obama
Palin fakes out reporters at Gettysburg hotel
May 31st, 2011
09:03 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin fakes out reporters at Gettysburg hotel

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Sarah Palin pulled a clever bait and switch on reporters in Gettysburg on Tuesday, as her "One Nation" bus tour rolls into its third day.

The Palin family and a few members of her staff sneaked out of their hotel early, leaving their flashy bus behind in the hotel parking lot to give reporters chasing her the impression that she was still readying for the day.
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Romney's Twilight side
May 31st, 2011
08:31 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney's Twilight side

(CNN) – A different side of all-but-declared presidential candidate Mitt Romney came out to play Tuesday morning when he admitted to reading the "Twilight" book series and watching "American Idol."

"American Idol I watched, this year it was Scotty (McCreery) winning, that was terrific," Romney said on NBC's "Today." "That guy's got talent."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
May 31st, 2011
05:42 AM ET
4 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN Poll: Obama's approval rating edges up thanks to foreign policy
President Barack Obama's performance on national security and international affairs and his image as a strong leader appear to be behind his rising approval rating, according to new national poll conducted as the president was on an overseas visit to four countries. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that Obama's approval rating among Americans stands at 54 percent, with 45 percent saying they disapprove of the job he's doing as president.

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