Marshalltown, Iowa (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann appears to be basking in the glow that comes with rising popularity and front-of-the-pack status in Iowa.
On Saturday, the three-term Minnesota congresswoman assumed the role of Republican presidential nominee - with Senate candidates potentially riding her coattails to victory. She answered questions about what kind of cabinet secretaries she’d pick, and she employed a tactic used previously by many a front-runner candidate: deflect political attacks from opponents who are running behind.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Social Security payments aren't the only federal lifeline that could grind to a halt if the debt ceiling impasse continues beyond Aug. 2.
The federal government supports myriad safety net programs, such as unemployment insurance, tuition grants, food stamps, child care subsidies and housing assistance. That's not to mention the nation's massive health insurance programs: Medicare and Medicaid.
(CNN)-Former governors Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman announced they wouldn’t compete at the Ames straw poll in Iowa, but the state GOP added them to the ballot anyway, along with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
But former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry – who haven’t yet decided on a presidential bid – were left off.
(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s advice on same-sex marriage? “Stay out of their business.”
Perry, who is publicly mulling a bid for the presidency, brought up New York's legalization of same-sex marriage Friday while discussing the reach of federal government with a group of GOP governors and donors in Aspen, Colorado.
(CNN) - Marcos Chaljub of New York got a life-changing e-mail on Friday.
He had to share it.
"I remember getting home and I checked my e-mail," he told CNN on Saturday. "I had an e-mail from the county clerk's office."
Never mind that his partner of five years, Freddy Zambrano, was busy taking a shower.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner wants to come up with a solution to the nation's debt-ceiling crisis in the next 24 hours to head off a negative reaction in Asian markets, a Republican aide said Saturday.
Boehner stated this goal in a Saturday-afternoon conference call with House Republicans, just hours after he and other congressional leaders met with President Barack Obama in the White House. That conference call also came a day after Boehner broke off talks with the Obama administration on how to prevent a national default.
(CNN) – Former Democratic National Committee chair Charles T. Manatt died Friday at the age of 75, his law firm said Saturday.
Manatt served as the DNC chairman from 1981 to 1985 during the late President Ronald Reagan's first term in office.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called on Democratic and Republican leaders to come together and do "the right thing" to resolve the nation's debt crisis Saturday in his weekly address.
He warned that unless an agreement is reached to raise the amount of money the federal government is allowed to borrow, debt will "weaken our economy, cause higher interest rates for families, and force us to scale back things like education and Medicare."