Dover, New Hampshire (CNN) – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman again left open the idea that Congress could impeach the president for involving the US in the Libyan conflict without congressional approval.
"Congress should do whatever Congress chooses to do," he said in response to a reporter's question about whether Congress should consider impeachment. "My position in Libya is pretty simple. We shouldn't be there."
CHICAGO (CNN) – President Barack Obama was back in full-throttle campaign mode Wednesday night, attending two high-profile fund-raisers in Chicago during which he took aim at congressional Republicans after weeks of drawn-out debt negotiations.
"I hope we can avoid another self-inflicted wound like we saw over the last couple weeks," he told an enthusiastic crowd of 2,400 in Chicago's historic Aragon ballroom, where the ventilation system struggled to keep the room temperature below 90 degrees.
Tampa, Florida (CNN) - With the 2012 GOP primary calendar looking more fragile with each passing day, the Republican National Committee is now considering more drastic penalties for states threatening to hold early primary contests in violation of party rules.
Multiple states, including Florida, Colorado, Arizona and Michigan, are debating whether to hold early caucuses or primaries in hopes of wielding greater influence over the Republican presidential nomination process.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday urged Congress to immediately pass a temporary funding measure for the Federal Aviation Administration to put nearly 4,000 federal employees back to work and restart more than 200 airport construction projects.
The Democratic-led Senate went on its summer recess Tuesday without approving what would have been the 21st short-term funding extension for the FAA. The Republican-led House previously passed a short-term extension, but included some changes opposed by Democrats.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman didn't seem too perturbed by the misspelling of his name on a New Hampshire campaign mailer sent on his behalf to voters in the state.
When asked about the error on the mailer envelope during a press availability Wednesday, Huntsman joked about how he ended up being called "Jon" instead of the more common spelling "John."
Tampa, Florida (CNN) - In a confidential pair of memos circulated to donors this week, Jon Huntsman's campaign manager and pollster mapped out a nomination strategy that relies heavily on raising the former Utah governor's profile among primary voters and drawing contrasts with his "very weak" field of Republican opponents.
"Jon has put together one of the strongest campaign teams in the race and has a clear path to the nomination," wrote campaign manager Matt David in one of the memos. "As debate season ramps up and campaigns begin to hit the airwaves, we're confident that Jon's message and background will set him apart from the field."
Tampa, Florida (CNN) - A top policy adviser to former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's has left the Republican's presidential campaign.
Al Hubbard, a former director of the National Economic Council under George W. Bush, had been the chairman of Pawlenty's "policy efforts" but is no longer with the campaign, a Republican source told CNN.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman highlighted his musical background on a jaunt through downtown Manchester Wednesday, greeting voters as part of a ramped-up effort by his campaign to gain ground in this must-win state.
Huntsman was persuaded to play a keyboard while visiting a music store on the city's historic thoroughfare. The politician, who dropped out of high school to join a band, couldn't resist and bent over the keys to play the Charlie Brown theme song.
(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry voiced support for a federal marriage amendment Wednesday, a departure from earlier comments in support of states' rights.
The Republican governor, who is considering a run for the White House in 2012, said he supports a federal amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
(CNN) - Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, whose Twitter follower count far exceeds those of any other Republican candidate, denied claims Wednesday that the campaign had inflated its numbers by buying followers through a purchasing service.
"Any accusation of the kind is a lie, a smear and unsubstantiated," R.C. Hammond, spokesperson for Gingrich, said in a statement.