Washington (CNN) – You have to give Jon Huntsman some credit. He’s willing to go where none of the other major Republican presidential candidates are willing to go.
He was the only one who actually endorsed the debt ceiling deal worked out between President Obama and the Republican and Democratic leadership. Even former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who has a long history of being a moderate Republican, came out against the deal just before it was passed.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Obama will head home to Chicago Wednesday for birthday-themed fundraisers.
One thousand five hundred people are expected at the historic Aragon Ballroom Wednesday night, according to Katie Hogan, deputy press secretary for Obama's re-election campaign. Attendees paid a minimum of $50 per ticket, which will flow to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account with the Democratic National Committee and the Obama re-election campaign.
Washington (CNNMoney) - Lawmakers on Wednesday appeared far from a deal to extend funding authority for the Federal Aviation Administration - leaving some 4,000 federal employees and as many as 75,000 construction and support staff workers off the job.
The Senate went on break Tuesday without approving what would have been a 21st short-term funding extension for the FAA. The Republicans passed that extension, but it includes some changes to FAA programs to which Democrats object.FULL STORY
Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is again warning Florida Republicans that they will be punished if they fail to move their 2012 presidential primary to a later date, in compliance with national party rules.
"I can appreciate and respect the viewpoints of people here in Florida that want to move their calendar date," Priebus said Wednesday during a press conference promoting next year's Republican National Convention in Tampa. "But it doesn't change my responsibility to enforce the rules, which is you lose half your delegates [to the convention]. That's a pretty rough rule."
Washington (CNN) - One day after the President signed into law a hotly debated bill to raise the country's debt ceiling, a White House spokesperson confirmed that he will soon be taking his jobs message on the road. On August 15th, President Obama will set out on a bus tour of the Midwest to refocus his attention on growing the flailing U.S. economy. The White House isn't announcing exactly which cities the President will visit yet, but with the GOP presidential primary already well underway, it's a safe bet that some swing states will be in the mix.
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann launched her third television ad Wednesday in Iowa, touting her vote against an increase in the debt ceiling.
"Barack Obama has driven our economy into a ditch. Someone needs to say 'no.'" Bachmann said in the spot. "I voted against raising the debt limit because it's time to balance the budget and pay down the debt. I mean it and you can believe it."
(CNN) - Sarah Palin responded to unsubstantiated accusations that Joe Biden called the tea party "terrorists" over their role in the debt ceiling negotiation, saying President Obama should look into his own past with Bill Ayers if he wants to see "domestic terrorists."
"He didn't have a problem palling around with Bill Ayers back in the day when he kicked off his political career in Bill Ayers' apartment," the former Alaska governor said Tuesday night on Fox News. "You know, shaking hands with Chavez and saying he doesn't need any preconditions with dictators … wanting to read U.S. Miranda rights to alleged, suspected foreign terrorists."
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - After months of political wrangling, lawmakers have managed to pass a bill that raises the debt ceiling and cuts spending.
Now for the hard part.
Congress cut spending, but still has to decide which programs and agencies will receive less money.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate went on summer recess Tuesday night without taking action to fully fund the Federal Aviation Administration, all but assuring that almost 4,000 furloughed FAA workers will remain jobless for the next five weeks and preventing the agency from collecting $1.2 billion in aviation taxes.
The only sliver of hope for furloughed FAA employees and laid-off airport construction workers rests with the fact the Senate scheduled nine "pro forma" sessions during their break, giving the Senate opportunities to consider the funding bill. But Senate leaders gave absolutely no indication they would do so.FULL STORY