(CNN) - Forbes' Most Powerful Women list of 2011 included six American political figures, with Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann holding the highest spot of any current elected official in the U.S.
Rep. Bachmann of Minnesota was ranked 22nd, ahead of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at No. 34 and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi at No. 52.
(CNN) – Karl Rove accused Sarah Palin of "thin skin" over a message from her political action committee criticizing the speculation surrounding her presidential intentions.
"It is a sign of enormous thin skin if we speculate about her, she gets upset, and I suspect if we didn't speculate about her, she'd be upset and trying to find a way to get us to speculate about her," Rove said Wednesday night of Fox News.
(CNN) – U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina has been hospitalized with an "extended fever," his spokesman said Thursday.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the fever, though his office this week announced that a series of appearances would be rescheduled "due to his recent possible contraction of Lyme disease."
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CNN: Co-chairs of special deficit panel issue first statement
President Barack Obama will propose ideas for how the special congressional committee created by the recent debt ceiling deal can reach a deficit reduction plan that exceeds the required $1.5 trillion total, a White House spokesman said Wednesday. …Meanwhile, the co-chairs of the committee said Wednesday they are working to set rules for how the panel will operate and to determine a meeting schedule.