(CNN) - Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, wrote a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Thursday responding to an earlier request from the RNC that Attorney General Eric Holder investigate an "apparent" crime by President Obama.
Priebus accused the president Monday of misusing the White House Map Room to record a fundraising video. A White House spokesman noted the room is part of the White House residence, and therefore not subject to the restrictions placed on official rooms.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The Minnesota shutdown is over.
Governor Mark Dayton signed a $35.7 billion budget on Wednesday, ending the longest state shutdown in recent history.
The signing came shortly after lawmakers approved a two-year spending plan in the wee hours of the morning. It ended a impasse that shuttered much of the state government for the past 19 days.FULL STORY
(CNN) - It seems national Republicans have found a high profile candidate to take on Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan as she fights for re-election next year.
Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra announced Wednesday that he's filing paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate in Michigan.
Washington (CNN) - Getting politicians to keep their answers short is tough. On Wednesday, six of them will be forced to by the confines of Twitter.
In what's being billed as "groundbreaking," six of the 10 major Republican presidential candidates will participate in a Twitter presidential debate. They will answer questions in 140 characters or less. That, of course, is the maximum number of characters allowed per tweet. Organizers of the debate say they will allow the candidates to type multiple tweets - but that short answers are still encouraged.
(CNN) - Longtime Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana is highlighting what could be his biggest liability as he battles for a seventh term in office.
In his first television commercial of his 2012 reelection bid, Lugar touts himself as a needed veteran GOP leader who is battling back alongside rookie Republican lawmakers against the Obama administration, saying in the spot that "I hope you'll agree that a veteran, fighting alongside our new recruits, will help."
Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee is up with a new television commercial in three battleground states that could determine the outcome of next year's presidential election.
The RNC says the ad, which highlights what they call President Barack Obama's "failed economic leadership," begins running Wednesday in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. The party committee says it's also going up with an accompanying Spanish language radio ad. Hispanic and Latino voters are a major force in all three states and the national unemployment level among Hispanics stands at 11.6 percent.
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CNN: House passes GOP debt measure; Obama praises compromise plan
The U.S. House on Tuesday night passed the "cut, cap and balance" deficit reduction plan backed by tea party conservatives but dismissed by President Barack Obama, who offered strong praise for another proposal put together by a bipartisan group of senators.
CNNMoney: What 'Gang of Six' plan would do
The Gang's framework - in the making for seven months and modeled on the Bowles-Simpson plan –calls for a two-step legislative process that would first reduce deficits by $500 billion and then implement a larger comprehensive debt-reduction plan.