(CNN) - On the day Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann released a doctor's letter detailing her treatment for migraines, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty took a not-so-veiled swipe at his 2012 presidential campaign rival.
Although he declined to comment directly on the implications of Bachmann's headaches when questioned, choosing to "defer to the judgment of the medical professionals," Pawlenty did tack on an aside assessment of the qualifications needed to serve as president.
Washington (CNN) – A day after the so-called "Gang of Six" released its deficit reduction plan, criticism from the left began to grow.
"We are an anti-gang group," quipped Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, at a news conference on Wednesday. "We are trying to suppress the growth of gangs. We think that it is not healthy for Washington."
Washington (CNN) – As President Barack Obama sat down with television stations from three key political states, he said he is still hopeful the White House and congressional leadership will come to an agreement to raise the nation's debt ceiling but said politics is interfering.
"This is actually a self-created crisis in some ways. It has to do with folks who are digging into set positions rather than saying how do we solve a problem," the president told KMBC, a CNN affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri.
(CNN)–The burst of enthusiasm Tuesday for the "Gang of Six" debt reduction plan as a possible way out of the debt ceiling crisis appeared to fade Wednesday as Democratic and Republican lawmakers studied and found fault with the details of the proposal.
Most notably, both sides highlighted well-worn party-line divisions: conservatives complained the plan would raise taxes while liberals warned it would cut entitlement benefits.
(CNN) – Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz admitted Wednesday that fellow Florida Rep. Allen West's e-mail rant was the kind of attack she's never experienced before.
In an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room," Schultz added, "And I was surprised that he sent that to my personal e-mail, an e-mail that he didn't previously have."
Washington (CNN) – Sometimes politics is conducted a bit at arms length and it appears that's exactly how former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld plans to keep it.
A source very close to Rumsfeld confirms that last week several former top Pentagon officials from Rumsfeld's tenure traveled to Austin, Texas to meet with Governor Rick Perry on national security and foreign policy issues. The source doesn't want his name used because he says Rumsfeld is not re-entering the political fray and that the arrangements were all conducted by "Perry's office" contacting "Rumsfeld's office" for ideas about whom to speak with.
(CNN) – In the first-ever presidential Twitter debate, six Republican White House hopefuls took to tweeting Wednesday about the debt ceiling, jobs and national security.
The debate required candidates to answer questions in 140 characters or less, the maximum amount of space allowed on Twitter for a single tweet. The candidates were allowed to use additional tweets for the same subject, but brevity was encouraged.
(CNN) - Take a look at next month's issue of Better Homes and Gardens, and flowers won't be the only thing in season- first lady Michelle Obama is in full bloom and so are her efforts to fight childhood obesity.
The article, featuring several colorful photos and recipe suggestions, illustrates Mrs. Obama's picnic with the fifth grade class from Harriet Tubman Elementary School, who joined her on the White House lawn back in May.
Washington (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama will tape an appearance on network reality television Thursday.
The ABC show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" confirms Mrs. Obama will appear as a guest star working on behalf of military families.
(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann released a letter from her physician Wednesday to further explain her migraine headaches. It was first revealed she suffers from migraines Tuesday.
The Attending Physician of the United States Congress, Dr. Brian Monahan, said the Minnesota Congresswoman is in "overall in good general health."