Washington (CNN) - Jon Huntsman's official entry into the race for the White House won't happen before the June 13 GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire, but it could happen soon after the debate.
Speaking to reporters Friday after addressing the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in the nation's capital, the former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China said he hopes to have an announcement "very soon. We've discussed this over the past week as a family, and we hope there will be more on that in the next week or two."
(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama is slated to make a goodwill trip to Africa later this month, the White House announced Friday, part of her ongoing efforts to be a forceful advocate for emerging leaders abroad.
The official state visit, from June 21-26, will include stops in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, and Gaborone, Botswana, and is aimed at promoting education, health and wellness in addition to leadership. The first lady has engaged in similar efforts during past trips to Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.FULL STORY
(CNN) – John Edwards will plead not guilty, his defense attorney Greg Craig said Friday in a written statement.
Edwards "will tell the court he is innocent of all charges, and will plead not guilty," Craig said. "He did not break the law and will mount a vigorous defense."
Washington (CNNMoney) – Washington was abuzz Friday about political implications of the dour May jobs report, with Democrats and Republicans blaming each other for continued lack of progress.
The Labor Department said 54,000 jobs were created in the economy last month - a figure that was far less than economists forecast and slower than recent months. The unemployment rate edged up to 9.1% from 9% in April.
(CNN) - Former senator and 2008 presidential candidate John Edwards has been indicted, CNN has learned.
A grand jury has been investigating the allegation that money given to support Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, by benefactors of Edwards should have been considered campaign donations - a contention Edwards' team has disputed.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire (CNN) - For all the speculation about her motives, Sarah Palin ended the first leg of her unconventional nationwide bus tour by doing something very candidate-like: Meeting a top elected official over coffee at a quaint New Hampshire diner.
The potential White House hopeful sat down with Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, one of Palin's so-called "Mama Grizzlies" from the 2010 election cycle, at the Golden Egg Diner in Portsmouth.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – In yet another alarm bell of a weakening U.S. economy, the job market took a disappointing turn in May.
The economy gained a mere 54,000 jobs in the month, a significant slowdown from 232,000 jobs added to payrolls in April, the government reported Friday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – On Friday and Saturday, just about every Republican hoping for a shot at the GOP nomination for president will metaphorically kiss the ring of Ralph Reed and schmooze his conference crowd.
The political powerhouse is throwing the event of the moment in Washington, DC - the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Former senator and 2008 presidential candidate John Edwards is expected to be indicted on Friday barring any last minute developments, a source with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN. There have been plea discussions ongoing between Edwards' defense lawyers and federal prosecutors, but no agreement has been reached.
A grand jury has been investigating that money given to support Edwards' mistress Rielle Hunter by benefactors of Edwards should have been considered campaign donations - a contention Edwards' team has disputed.