(CNN) - Vowing to "restructure the government," Congressman Thad McCotter formally announced his candidacy for president at a festival in his home state of Michigan Saturday.
The conservative, guitar-playing five-term congressman is the tenth Republican and third member of the U.S. House of Representatives to enter the race. He is considered a long-shot candidate by party insiders.
Iowa City, Iowa (CNN) – Mere days after two top staffers resigned from Herman Cain's presidential campaign, two others have also called it quits.
Tina Goff, the Iowa organizational director, confirms to CNN that she left the campaign on Friday. Goff also said that another Iowa staffer - Straw Poll coordinator Kevin Hart - resigned that day. The Cain campaign confirmed both developments.
(CNN) - In a move largely seen as a compromise over the rights that can be afforded to gay and lesbian couples, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Saturday signed into law a bill that legalizes civil unions, making his state the fifth in the nation to allow them.
The bill - which was signed just over a week after New York legalized same-sex marriage - will take effect later Saturday, according to the governor's spokesman Christian Vareika.
Washington (CNN) – The round gold-trimmed presidential seal is an impressive symbol affixed to the door of the limousine known as "The Beast."
It appears to be a permanent part of the limo. But in reality, it's a magnetic seal that comes on and off, vulnerable to wind and elements just like anything we'd put on our own cars.
(CNN)- Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann launched her nine-city swing through Iowa on Saturday - pointing out the influence of the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
The three-term congresswoman and contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination told CNN that "life couldn't be better," as she fed waffles to her husband at an Iowa City diner.
(CNN)-President Barack Obama advocated for his plan to ensure the federal government starts "living within its means," Saturday during the weekly address.
He made the case for a plan to battle the federal budget deficit that includes spending cuts and "examining every program and tax break in the budget."