Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – The second question at a Charleston town hall with GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann came from "another undecided voter," who happened to be the state's governor.
Gov. Nikki Haley walked on stage to James Brown's "I feel good," then asked the Minnesota congresswoman to address an issue that has become a hot topic for Republican candidates to rally around when they campaign through the early primary state.
(CNN) – We'd long heard that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi admired former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Back in 2007, he called her "Leeza ... my darling black African woman" whom he loved "very much."
Just words? Perhaps. Or maybe, as a discovery this week suggests, he really was quite impressed.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Sunday's dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington has been postponed because of Hurricane Irene's expected advance on the U.S. East Coast, an organizer said Thursday evening.
Harry Johnson Sr., head of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation, said that the last event of a series that had been planned for the weekend would be a national prayer service on Saturday. The dedication of the memorial will be moved to a still undetermined date in September or October, he said.FULL STORY
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – The first television commercial of the 2012 presidential race to hit the airwaves in South Carolina is in support of Jon Huntsman and comes from an unlikely ally.
Lifelong Democrat William DeJean, a 49-year-old Chicago dentist, is throwing his support behind the Republican with an ad buy in two early primary states.
(CNN) - In the New York race to fill ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner's seat, Democrats went after Republican candidate Bob Turner Thursday for criticizing the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, a federal bill that provides financial aid to first responders after the Sept. 11 attacks.
On Wednesday Turner questioned whether volunteers should be among those benefiting from the bill, which also covers police, firefighters, emergency workers, and construction workers, in an editorial board interview with the New York Daily News.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman announced a fundraising team for South Carolina, with 2008 John McCain finance committee member Bill Stern serving at the helm as honorary chair.
The former Ambassador to China and governor of Utah announced his run for the White House three months ago and is trailing significantly behind the Republican pack, hovering in the single digits in recent polls.
Exeter, New Hampshire (CNN) – Top GOP officials in New Hampshire are ratcheting up the pressure on defiant state Republican Party Chairman Jack Kimball after he refused to step down from his post Thursday.
Hours after Kimball announced during a press conference he would not resign, members of the congressional delegation joined leaders in the state house in publicly calling on Kimball to step aside, implying in a statement they have the votes needed to force the chairman out if necessary.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – Warren Buffett will host a fundraiser for President Obama next month in New York City, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO told CNNMoney on Thursday.
With the 2012 election season just around the corner, the campaign to put Obama back in the White House for a second term is well underway - and it's not unusual for the campaign to boost the president's drawing power by allowing him to share the stage with a well known benefactor.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Condoleezza Rice's memoir chronicling her time in Washington, D.C. will hit book shelves Nov. 1, according to a release from the publisher.
In "No Higher Honor: A Memoir Of My Years in Washington," set for publication by Crown Publishers, Rice will share her experiences as national security adviser and secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration, as well as recount the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and her experience appearing before the 9/11 Commission.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will return Sept. 3 to the first-in-the-nation primary state, where his campaign has been building a ground staff to support the presidential hopeful.
The Perry campaign hired the former chair of the New Hampshire Young Republicans, Kerry Marsh, to run the governor's effort in the state. A relatively young yet influential figure in local politics, Marsh previously served as deputy field director in a gubernatorial campaign.