Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) - The night after fielding blistering attacks for his views on Social Security, a jovial Rick Perry told a Boston audience he was the only GOP candidate willing to fix the entitlement program.
The Texas governor, who has repeatedly called Social Security a "Ponzi scheme," was the focus of sustained criticism at the CNN/Tea Party Debate Monday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said using the term "Ponzi scheme" was "over the top, unnecessary and frightening" to Americans.
Los Angeles (CNN) - A prominent California Democrat campaign fund manager charged with defrauding a state legislator of $677,181 is in settlement negotiations with federal prosecutors, a law enforcement source said Tuesday.
Kinde Durkee, whose Durkee & Associates firm is based in Burbank, California, has been charged with two counts of mail fraud regarding the alleged misappropriation of $677,181 in campaign funds belonging to California Assemblyman Jose Solorio, a Democrat whose office is based in Anaheim, authorities said.
Washington (CNN)-Eight-term Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich will be looking for a new district to represent no more.
Tuesday he announced that his fear that Ohio’s 10th Congressional District would be redistricted out from under him was unfounded, after all.
New York (CNNMoney) – Cutting spending and raising taxes now could put a drag on the economy.
That was the message Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf delivered Tuesday to the new congressional debt committee, which is in week two of its hurry-up assignment to propose ways to slash deficits.
Washington (CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry picked up another high-profile endorsement Tuesday with the backing of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.
“Today I am proud to endorse my friend @GovernorPerry for President,” Sandoval tweeted.
Washington (CNN) – Congressional Republicans Tuesday dismissed the President Obama's proposal to offset the costs of his jobs bill through tax increases on higher income workers, but signaled they still want to work with the president to get at least some pieces of his economic plan through Congress.
"When you look at what we saw in the president's pay-fors yesterday, we see permanent tax increases put into effect in order to pay for temporary spending. I just don't think that's really going to help our economy the way it could," House Speaker John Boehner said.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - You might call it "tailgate politics" but that's what White House hopeful Jon Huntsman will be doing to connect with Tigers and Gamecocks fans in South Carolina Saturday.
Huntsman's campaign has not officially announced his visit to the first-in-the-South primary state, but CNN has learned from sources close to the campaign that the candidate is planning on spending time at both Clemson University and University of South Carolina's home games.
Washington (CNN) - A special congressional committee charged with forging a deficit reduction deal by Thanksgiving has to make final decisions weeks earlier in order to have time to analyze the plan's cost and draft it into legislation, the head of the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.
Doug Elmendorf, who directs the nonpartisan CBO that provides authoritative analyses of legislation, told the panel an agreement must be reached by the beginning of November to leave enough time for the "scoring" of the measure by the November 23 deadline.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama didn't score any political points with his speech on jobs to a joint session of Congress last Thursday. According to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday, the president's approval rating stands at 43 percent, virtually unchanged from the 45 percent approval rating in the previous CNN poll.
Although this is not the lowest number of those who say they approve of how Obama is handling his job-he reached 42 percent one year ago-the number who disapprove of the president reached its highest during his presidency in the poll.
TOPICS: Obama overall approval rating; aproval on economy, jobs, foreign affairs; Obama personal characteristics; econmic conditions
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