(CNN) – David Axelrod, senior strategist for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, said Thursday that a high unemployment rate will not doom the president's chances of remaining in the Oval Office.
"The fundamental issue is how do people feel? Do they feel like we're making progress?" Axelrod told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "Do they feel like we're moving in the right direction and do they feel like the person on the other side of the ballot would hold out greater hope."
Minneapolis (CNN) - Perhaps the 2012 presidential and congressional races will come down to right clicks versus left clicks.
Such computer jargon that typically refers to two sides of a computer mouse might also become a political metaphor as Internet and social networking savvy groups - aligned with the left and the right - converge on Minneapolis for competing weekend conferences.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama has played more than 60 rounds of golf during the first half of his term, but the match he’s set to play Saturday just might carry the highest stakes.
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That’s when the president will tee up with House Speaker John Boehner, another avid golfer, amidst what appears to be a stalemate between the White House and Republicans on the Hill over the issue of raising the debt ceiling. Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will round out the foursome.
(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin sharply rebuffed a report in the American Spectator Friday that predicted she will decide within a week whether to run for president.
"Really? Hmm, guess they forgot to inform me what I'm "expected to do" next wk," Palin tweeted with a link to the story.
Washington (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will undergo minor back surgery next month, his office said Friday.
Perry spokesperson Katherine Cesinger said the "minor medical procedure" on July 1st is to "repair a reoccurring back ailment".
(CNN) – South Carolina is draft central.
The state that played a key role in the Draft Goldwater movement before the 1964 presidential election has already spawned two draft efforts this year aimed at luring Indiana Rep. Mike Pence and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie into the 2012 race (both have declined).
Now it's Sen. Jim DeMint's turn.
(CNN)– Twenty-one House members are demanding President Obama re-sign the recently-renewed Patriot Act–this time, in person.
Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves sent a letter sent Friday to the White House–signed by the 21 members–calling for the President to abandon the use of autopen in signing bills passed by Congress.
Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder promised an audience of progressives and liberals Thursday that he will not abandon the fight to steer accused terrorists to civilian court trials rather than military tribunals.
Holder lashed out at Congress for forcing him to recently surrender on the issue, and to place accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other co-conspirators before military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
(CNN) - House Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan appears in a television ad released Friday aimed at defending to seniors the controversial Medicare reform plan he authored as part of his budget proposal.
In the nationwide ad created by 60 Plus Association, a conservative seniors-interest advocacy organization, Ryan warns, "If we do nothing, Medicare spending will nearly double over the next decade, exhausting its remaining funds," while seeking to reassure seniors that, "No change occurs to Medicare for anybody who's on Medicare or ten years away from retiring."
New York (CNN) - State senators may take up legislation Friday that could pave the way for New York to become the sixth state in the union to legalize same-sex marriage.
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The bill, which the state Assembly passed Wednesday night, could come before the Senate as early as Friday afternoon, where a close battle between lawmakers makes its passage uncertain.