Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) - Diving back into the 2012 race after weeks of laying low, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney assailed President Barack Obama for failing to buoy the country's economic slump and charged the Democrat's campaign promise of bipartisanship has devolved into partisan sniping.
"I don't think I've seen a more partisan, blame-oriented presidency in my lifetime," Romney told members of the Concord Chamber of Commerce Monday. "It's a blame presidency.... Stop the attacking, take responsibility, and lead."
Washington (CNN) - Americans have a bad case of the economic jitters, as recent drops in the stock market have been accompanied by a sharp rise in the public's economic pessimism, according to a new national poll.
And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that the public is split on last week's agreement to raise the nation's debt ceiling, with more than six in ten saying the deal benefits the rich at the expense of the poor and middle class.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama will make a statement to reporters Monday about the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating and the loss of U.S. service members, including 22 Navy SEALs, killed in Afghanistan over the weekend, a White House official said.
The comments are scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at the White House.
(CNN) - Donald Trump responded Monday to Mike Huckabee's suggestion that he serve as treasury secretary, predicting who would be hurt most by the potential appointment.
"I'll tell you, it would be very painful for China, it would be very painful for OPEC, it would be very painful for many of the countries that are just ripping us off," the real estate mogul said on Fox News.
WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) - Standard & Poor's, the credit rating agency that lowered the grade on the federal government's credit worthiness, continued its defense of its move Monday, calling Washington criticism a "smoke screen."
"This idea that we made a $2 trillion error is simply a smoke screen for the unhappiness, in our view, about our decision," said David Beers, S&P's global head of sovereign ratings, in an interview on CNN's "America Morning."FULL STORY
(CNN) - From the first Republican presidential debate in two months, to the Iowa State Fair, to a crucial GOP presidential straw poll in Ames, the Hawkeye State will be firmly in the national political spotlight this week. Now, Democrats are trying to get in on some of the action.
The Democratic National Committee announced Monday morning that it's launching a campaign to define the Republican presidential candidates as extremists trying to please "the far right Tea Party wing of their party and they are following the extreme agenda of Congressional Republicans instead of leading."
(CNN) - Mitt Romney will continue his attacks on President Barack Obama at events Monday, hitting him over the recent U.S. downgrade from Standard & Poor's.
Campaigning in New Hampshire, the Republican presidential frontrunner will tout his own history with S&P as governor of Massachusetts, when the state received credit rating upgrades, according to the campaign.
Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - After taking tough questions on the economy and his conservative credentials in South Carolina, Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman took to the keyboard with a rendition of "Hit the Road Jack" aimed at President Barack Obama, in an attempt to hit a high note with voters in the state.
The former Utah governor, U.S. ambassador to China and pianist visited the first southern primary state to speak at a town hall hosted by leading tea party figure GOP Rep. Tim Scott and co-sponsored by the local Republican Party and tea party groups.
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CNN: Asian stocks slump after U.S. credit downgrade
Key Asian stock exchanges lost ground Monday as world markets reacted to last week's downgrade of the U.S. credit rating by Standard and Poor. Tokyo's Nikkei index closed down 202 points, or 2.2%.