(CNN) Glenn Beck's farewell show Thursday had the usual elements of long monologues and chalkboards, aside from one usual theme- the host did not shed a tear.
The conservative pundit capitalized on the popularity of his nightly Fox News program and foreshadowed big plans for the future, telling viewers, "This show has become a movement. It's not a TV show. And that's why it doesn't belong on television anymore. It belongs in your home. It belongs in your neighborhoods. Not really television."
Washington (CNN) After a flurry of last minute events and fundraising pitches, the presidential campaigns are tallying their amounts and getting ready to put the best spin forward.
Midnight Thursday marked the end of the second quarter– the first such period in which the leading GOP presidential contenders and President Obama declared their candidacies allowing them to start fundraising.
Washington (CNN) – Welcome Thad McCotter to the GOP presidential field for 2012. The conservative, guitar playing five-term Michigan Congressman will file his paperwork to run for President today, a spokesman confirmed.
McCotter will make an official announcement at a Fourth of July festival in his home state tomorrow evening. A program for tomorrow's festival states the Republican presidential candidate "will also be taking the stage to show off his musical talents."
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – Underscoring the need for swift congressional action, the Treasury Department on Friday reiterated its Aug. 2 deadline for raising the debt ceiling.
Treasury urged Congress "to avoid the catastrophic economic and market consequences of a default crisis by raising the statutory debt limit in a timely manner," according to a statement.FULL STORY
(CNN)-Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is entertaining the possibility of adding someone with special skills to his team. At least, over Twitter.
Gingrich's 2012 presidential campaign is light on staff these days following the resignation of 16 senior staff members in June.
(CNN)-No word yet on whether President Obama reached a $60 million fundraising goal by the close of the second quarter, but according to a tweet from the president’s re-elect campaign staff, almost half a million donors contributed toward the effort.
The official Twitter account for the Obama 2012 campaign tweeted a thank you to contributors shortly after 12 a.m. saying, “As of midnight, we’re closing the books on the first chapter of this campaign-with 493,697 donors. Thank you.”
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Time may actually be tighter for the Democrat and Republican sides to reach an agreement on raising the nation's debt ceiling than the August 2 deadline would suggest, Democratic officials familiar with the negotiations said Friday.
They believe the White House and congressional leaders would need to come to a deal before the last week of July in order to get a bill done and through both houses of Congress to meet the August 2 deadline.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - A budget stalemate forced a virtual full shut down of the Minnesota government on Friday and left only a limited array of state services in operation over the busy holiday weekend.
Visitors won't be able to go to the state parks or the zoo, and travelers will find the highway rest stops shuttered. Road construction projects will cease, as will licensing for teachers and businesses.FULL STORY
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CNN: Debt talks: Both sides digging in
Democrats are still insisting any deal to raise the debt ceiling include revenue increases while Republicans maintain that cannot pass Congress, both Democratic and Republican sources familiar with the talks said Thursday. …[A] White House official familiar with the talks told CNN: "Republicans want to get something done, and they don't know how to do it. If there is a mega-deal, it has to have a tax component. Otherwise, what we get will be much smaller." But Republicans insisted that will not fly.
CNNMoney: Tim Geithner considering leaving White House
Tim Geithner is considering leaving his post as Secretary of the Treasury after a deal to raise the debt ceiling is reached, a source familiar with the discussion told CNN Thursday. Geithner is the lone remaining member of President Obama's original economic team.