(CNN) - There have been no discussions about President Barack Obama changing his vacation plans and leaving Martha's Vineyard early, according to White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
But White House officials are "watching the weather reports" and tracking the progress of Hurricane Irene closely, Earnest said.
(CNN) - While national Republicans suggest Sen. Marco Rubio would be well suited as the GOP vice presidential candidate in the next election, the Florida freshman did his best to dispel the rumors Tuesday night, instead focusing his attention on his state and the American dream.
In a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, his first major address out of Florida or Washington, D.C. since he was elected, Rubio said he has "no interest in serving as vice president."
(CNN) - Mitt Romney will not attend a Labor Day forum in South Carolina organized by conservative kingmaker Sen. Jim DeMint, who endorsed Romney's run for president four years ago.
Romney spokesperson Ryan Williams, citing scheduling conflicts, said the candidate will instead spend the day in New Hampshire, sending another signal that the former Massachusetts governor is not focusing on the early Southern primary state like he did in 2008. He was not previously listed as attending the event by the organizers.
Washington (CNN) - The Washington Monument remained closed Wednesday as engineers studied ways to repair cracks at the top of the capital's iconic structure - one day after a rare 5.8-magnitude East Coast earthquake.
Washington's National Cathedral also remained closed after sustaining what its staff described as "substantial damage," including numerous cracks in the building's limestone blocks and broken pinnacles on its towers.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Former Rep. Vin Weber of Minnesota joined Team Romney Wednesday, throwing his support behind the former Massachusetts Gov. after backing Tim Pawlenty in his failed bid for the White House.
Weber, a Washington, D.C. lobbyist, will serve as a special adviser on policy, providing counsel on foreign and economic issues, according to a statement from Romney's campaign.
(CNN) - As what might be the final battle rages in Libya, another is looming: the political battle to create a functioning democracy.
As Libyan rebels try to consolidate their military gains in Tripoli, the National Transitional Council in Benghazi is trying to activate plans for a political transition.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Former First Lady Nancy Reagan lost her balance and fell Tuesday night as she arrived at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California to hear U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) speak.
Rubio caught Reagan, 90, before she hit the ground and a library spokeswoman said she is fine.FULL STORY
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CNNMoney: Economists: Fed should stay put for now
Economists aren't looking for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to announce some new plan to rescue the struggling U.S. economy in a much-anticipated speech this Friday. In fact, most will be happy if Bernanke and the Fed decide to stand pat, despite growing fears about the risks of a double dip recession.