Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) - Conservative New Hampshire House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt will endorse presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, Bettencourt said Thursday.
The outspoken young Republican leader called Romney "the most conservative candidate who gives Republicans the best chance to win back the White House in 2012."
(CNN) – Soon after Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn had settled in as the new congresswoman for California’s 36th District, it was slated for eradication. The district she was elected to serve was chopped up by redistricting–leaving Hahn to dust off her running shoes and launch a new congressional campaign.
Thursday she received a boost from Los Angeles Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa, who endorsed her candidacy.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Mitt Romney may get the support of a statewide elected official with strong tea party ties in South Carolina who believes the former Massachusetts governor is the only candidate who can beat President Barack Obama.
State Treasurer Curtis Loftis tells CNN that plans for an announcement have not been made when Romney visits the early Southern primary state on Labor Day.
Washington (CNN) - The White House and House Speaker John Boehner's office announced Thursday they reached agreement for President Barack Obama to address a joint session of Congress on September 8, resolving a dispute that temporarily overshadowed the focus of the planned speech - job creation and economic growth.
In simultaneous statements, Boehner's spokesman said Obama had been invited to give his speech at 7 p.m. ET next Thursday and the White House said the invitation was accepted.
Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) - Embattled New Hampshire GOP Chair Jack Kimball resigned his post Thursday, forestalling a planned vote by the party's executive committee that could have ended in his removal.
In an emotional speech, Kimball told the committee he would not continue to be an obstacle to the party's success.
Janesville, Wisconsin (CNN) - House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan was on his annual summer camping trip with his family last month and then the quiet of the woods was interrupted.
"All of these stories started exploding saying whether I was going to run for President or not," the Republican congressman told CNN in his first television interview since re-affirming his decision he would not seek his party's presidential nomination.
(CNN) - The Pima County Republican Party, located in Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Arizona congressional district, is raffling off a handgun to raise money nearly eight months after a mass shooting left the congresswoman gravely wounded.
The chairman of the county's Democratic party, Jeff Rogers, said the move is upsetting to a community that's still grieving.
"This is something that pulls a scab off of a wound," Rogers said.
Washington (CNN) - The White House is promising President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress will finish up before 8:30 p.m. ET next Thursday, ahead of kickoff time in the NFL season opener between the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers.
"I can assure all you football fans he will be completed by kick-off," Carney said during his Thursday briefing to reporters.
(CNN) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney is now in an open debate with both of President George W. Bush's Secretaries of State – Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. They sharply dispute what he writes about them in his new book, "In My Time."
President Bush, for his part, is taking the high road. He's simply suggesting that everyone in his administration has his or her own recollections about what happened and that "objective historians" eventually will get to the truth.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama will travel to New York this month to take part in the U.N. General Assembly, the White House announced Thursday.
The September 19-21 trip also will include meetings with visiting officials and a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative, according to the White House statement.