(CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took the Ohio Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll late Friday, with 25 percent of the vote.
And former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty received needed good news, placing second in the poll, which surveyed attendees at the Ohio Republican Party state dinner. He received 16 percent support.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - To meet the president's demand that bipartisan House and Senate leaders come up with a plan to raise the debt ceiling through the next election, a Democratic Senate leadership aide expects there will be bipartisan negotiations among those leaders "on a plan modeled on the Senate fallback proposal."
That fallback proposal is known as McConnell/Reid, a procedurally complicated measure - worked out by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid - to raise the debt ceiling in stages between now and the end of next year.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner accused the White House of "moving the goalposts" by requesting an additional $400 billion in revenue hikes, a move that he said prompted his decision to call off debt talks with President Barack Obama.
The Ohio Republican said members of Congress now "will work together" - absent representatives from the White House - to reach a deal that involves spending cuts and raising the nation's debt ceiling by August 2 in order to prevent a default, as the Treasury Department has warned.
(CNN) - The head of a conservative group that has backed a high-profile pledge to oppose any tax increase told CNN on Friday that he would support effectively lifting the debt ceiling through the 2012 presidential election.
Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, spoke shortly after House Speaker John Boehner abruptly ended debt talks with the White House, in part due to his claim that President Barack Obama was insisting that "taxes have to be raised."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) –House Speaker John Boehner walked away from debt talks with President Barack Obama's administration Friday, raising the stakes in the country's ongoing effort to stave off national default.
"In the end, we couldn't connect. Not because of different personalities, but because of different visions for our country," Boehner wrote in a letter to his fellow Republicans.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Some Democrats have had it - at least when it comes to reports of what's in a $3 trillion deal being shepherded by President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.
At issue: large spending cuts on the table that include entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security, among other things.FULL STORY
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Thursday she's looking to move her state's presidential primary up to Jan. 31, ahead of the expected start of the primary season in February.
"Arizona is at the forefront of advancing solutions to national issues such as illegal immigration and border security, Medicaid spending and the fiscal crisis," Brewer told reporters Thursday. "So it only makes sense that our state be positioned to have its voice heard loud and clear when it comes to the presidential nomination process."
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner says he has ended debt talks with President Obama.
CNN has learned Boehner sent a letter to Republican House members saying,"I have decided to end discussions with the White House and begin conversations with the leaders of the Senate in an effort to find a path forward."
Washington (CNN)–President Barack Obama said Friday evening that he has told the Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress to come to the White House on Saturday morning to "explain to me how we are going to avoid default" on the nation's debt.
The president said his administration had offered "an extraordinarily fair deal" to cut expenditures and raise revenues, in return for Congress agreeing to hike the nation's debt ceiling.
(CNN) - President Obama signaled Friday he has no intention of rescinding a controversial executive order that permits some faith-based organizations which receive federal funding to discriminate against non-believers in their hiring practices.
The president’s comments on the matter came during a town hall event in Maryland, when a questioner who identified herself as an atheist pressed Obama on statements he made as a candidate in 2008 suggesting he was against permitting discriminatory hiring among faith-based organizations backed by taxpayer dollars.FULL STORY