Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet behind closed doors with congressional Democrats Thursday to discuss ongoing deficit reduction negotiations and the looming deadline to raise the federal government's debt ceiling.
The president has challenged a controversial GOP proposal to overhaul Medicare, but told congressional Republicans on Wednesday that entitlement reforms are under discussion as part of a deficit reduction deal.FULL STORY
(CNN) - It was all about the economy and about New Hampshire when Mitt Romney made it official Thursday. The former Massachusetts governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate formally announced his second bid for the White House, declaring his candidacy at an event in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the presidential caucus and primary calendar.
The man who many consider the early front-runner in the race for the GOP presidential nomination sharply criticized President Barack Obama over the state of the economy, saying "Barack Obama has failed America."
Boston (CNN) - Less than an hour before Mitt Romney was to announce his second bid for the White House in New Hampshire, Sarah Palin appeared in Romney’s hometown and set about picking apart the health care plan he supported as governor of Massachusetts, suggesting it may be a fatal flaw for his candidacy.
Surrounded by reporters for several minutes while visiting the Bunker Hill monument along Boston’s Freedom Trail, Palin delivered her unvarnished opinions of the Romney heath care plan, which mandated that Massachusetts residents purchase health insurance or else face penalties.
(CNN) – He won’t face a Republican opponent for months, but President Obama is aiming to kick the campaign season off with a fundraising bang, asking his top donors to bring in $60 million by the end of June.
The request came in a presentation to heavyweight fundraisers Wednesday in Chicago, according to a source who has seen the presentation. The $60 million cash haul would go both to Obama’s reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee, and is in line with reports that the Obama campaign is ultimately hoping to raise $1 billion during the upcoming campaign cycle.
– On Monday, June 13, CNN will host the first New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate, live from Manchester, NH at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on CNNPolitics.com and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.
Boston (CNN) - Sarah Palin said Thursday her decision to appear in New Hampshire on the very same day Mitt Romney is announcing his 2012 presidential campaign there is purely a coincidence, not meant to step on the former Massachusetts governor's big day.
"I think that's exciting for him, that's great for him," Palin told reporters at her Boston hotel before touring historical sites along the city's Freedom Trail. "It's coincidental that we are in the same territory at the same time, but more power to Mitt as he mounts his campaign and best of luck to him."
(CNN) - Donald Trump weighed in on "Weinergate" Wednesday, saying New York Rep. Anthony Weiner is either “incompetent” or “lying.”
“He obviously knows it’s him and the way he’s handled it is either lying or incompetent,” Trump said on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.” “It was him because otherwise he would have said it wasn’t me … who would not know if that rather terrible position was or wasn’t taken?”
(CNN) - He decided against another run for president, but former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he might be open to the number two spot on GOP presidential ticket in 2012.
“Everything is still open. I haven’t closed doors,” Huckabee said Wednesday according to a video posted by the Arkansas Times. “I’m not going to make some definitive categorical statement that later would have to be explained if there was something later to explain.”
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CNNMoney: Massive Gmail phishing attack hits top U.S. officials
Hundreds of personal Gmail accounts, including those of some senior U.S. government officials, were hacked as a result of a massive phishing scheme originating from China, Google said Wednesday. …In addition to the U.S. government personnel, other targets included South Korean government officials and federal workers of several other Asian countries, Chinese political activists, military personnel and journalists.