Urbandale, Iowa (CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin greeted hundreds of her most diehard supporters in an Iowa restaurant on Friday evening, the night before she headlines a buzzed-about tea party rally on Saturday.
Enthusiastic Palinistas who trekked from places as far away as Dallas and San Diego for Saturday’s rally jammed into the Machine Shed, a popular restaurant in Urbandale, for a meet-up event organized by Conservatives4Palin, the online destination for all things Palin.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama left for Camp David on Marine One Friday but, in a twist that has left some White House reporters scratching their heads, he apparently arrived at the presidential retreat by car.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney explained the decision not to land at Camp David was made in advance because of the weather. Marine One landed at an alternate site near Frederick, Maryland and the president and his daughter, Sasha, rode in a motorcade the rest of way to the compound.
(CNN) – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer won't be holding the state's presidential primary in January, Brewer's spokesman told CNN.
Despite Republican National Committee rules, Brewer had been threatening to move the primary to Jan. 31, ahead of the already scheduled start of the caucus and primary season on Feb. 6 in Iowa.
Washington (CNN) – U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Illinois, apologized on Friday for calling President Barack Obama “idiotic” while speaking to a group of voters earlier this week.
“That was absolutely stepping over the line and I apologized,” Walsh told CNN's Wolf Bliter on "The Situation Room."
(CNN) – With less than two weeks before the Sept. 13 special election in ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner's district, new signs point to Democratic concerns over the race evolving into a referendum on President Barack Obama.
In what was once presumed to be a safe win for Democrats, the Obama for America re-election get-out-the-vote organization sent out volunteers Friday in the New York district to campaign for Democrat David Weprin.
(CNN) - When Democrats start distancing themselves from their incumbent president, it's either a sign of the times or a look to the future, but either way, it isn't good.
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson handily called President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden "friends," at a press conference Thursday, but hesitated when asked whether he'd campaign with the president in 2012.
(CNN) - Economists will tell you the United States is not in a double-dip recession. Don’t tell that to the American people. Our new CNN/ORC International poll shows that 82 percent of the American people believe the U.S. is in an economic recession. Only 18 percent say we are not yet in recession.
The technical definition of a recession is simple: two successive quarters of negative growth. The first three months of this year showed tiny growth; the second three months showed very modest growth. We are now in the midst of the third quarter and won’t know the results for a while.
Lake Massabesic, New Hampshire (CNN) – Politicians often seek to portray youthful vigor, but at age 76 Congressman Ron Paul may have to work harder than others.
He showed Friday he's up to the challenge.
Paul, who famously rides his bicycle for exercise throughout the sticky, sweltering summers in Houston, Texas, invited some New Hampshire staffers and reporters on an hour-long bike ride around scenic Lake Massabesic outside Manchester, New Hampshire Friday afternoon.
Washington (CNN) – Call it location, location, location.
The White House announced Friday that Vice President Joe Biden will speak Monday at an AFL-CIO Labor Day event in Cincinnati, Ohio. The news comes a week and a half after the White House announced that President Barack Obama would speak in Michigan at a Labor Day event sponsored by the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council.
Washington (CNN) - Former Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra's campaign for the U.S Senate picked up endorsements today from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania).
The three tea party politicians announced their support for Hoekstra at a Friday event in Holland, Mich.