Washington (CNN) - A day after President Obama testily blamed Republicans for blocking a debt deal, a Senate Republican struck back, calling the president's words "disgraceful" and saying "he should be ashamed."
"I respect the office of the President of the United States," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, in a speech on the Senate floor. "But I think the president has diminished that office and himself by giving the kind of campaign speeches that he gave yesterday."
(CNN)-Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will spend some time in the Hawkeye state in July when he takes his presidential campaign on a 10-city tour of Iowa.
Billed as the "Courage to Fight for American Jobs" tour, Santorum, who is seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for president, will tout his plan to bring manufacturing back to America and discuss "revitalizing our industrial and high-tech sectors" with local businesses from July 5-7, according to a written statement released Thursday.
Washington (CNN) - As he weighs a potential run for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Governor Rick Perry is in California meeting with people who could be key backers: businessmen and politicians.
CNN has learned Perry on Wednesday met with Alex Spanos, a major San Diego businessman and part co-owner of the San Diego Chargers football team who has been a supporter of Perry's in the past as well as some others who could be financial backers if he mounts a campaign.
(CNN) - President Obama will head to Philadelphia for two events organized by the Democratic National Committee Thursday, the same day the first major and closely-watched fundraising quarter of the 2012 presidential campaign cycle draws to a close.
The president, joined by Reps Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah and Mayor Michael Nutter, will deliver remarks at a fundraising bash at The Bellevue Hyatt in the afternoon. Ticket prices started at $100 according to two Democratic officials.
(CNN) - MSNBC contributor Mark Halperin was suspended indefinitely Thursday from the cable network after calling President Obama a "d**k."
"Mark Halperin's comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable," read a statement from MSNBC. "We apologize to the President, The White House and all of our viewers. We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air."
New York (CNNMoney) - Amid fears the United States risks default if lawmakers don't raise the debt ceiling on time, some are suggesting President Obama could save the day by big-footing Congress.
How? By invoking the Constitution and directing Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to keep borrowing even if it means going past the statutory borrowing limit.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The Senate will forgo its scheduled recess for the week of July 4 to work on cutting the deficit, Sen. Harry Reid said Thursday.
Both parties are trying to strike a deal on raising the federal government's current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by the start of August.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Mitt Romney will travel to Pennsylvania Thursday on the same day as President Obama in a political move to hit the president over his handling of the economy and a clear symbolic step as the frontrunner in the GOP presidential field.
The former Massachusetts governor will hold a press conference outside Allentown Metal Works, a closed-down Pennsylvania factory Obama visited in 2009 while touting the economic stimulus package, before and after attending fundraisers in Philadelphia.
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CNN: Obama pushes GOP on taxes in debt ceiling talks
President Barack Obama called on lawmakers Wednesday to overcome the "selfish" norms of politics and "do their job" in order to strike a deal on raising the federal government's current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by the start of August. …The president blasted congressional Republicans for refusing to consider raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans as part of any deal.