Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama enjoyed a beer with Dakota Meyer on the patio outside the Oval Office Wednesday. The president will present Meyer with the Medal of Honor Thursday during a ceremony at the White House.
According to a series of tweets by White House spokesman Jay Carney, when a member of the president's staff called Meyer over the weekend to prepare, Meyer made a special request.
(CNN) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump said he looked forward to meeting 2012 GOP hopeful Rick Perry-who he dined with Wednesday night-and has great respect for him along with a number of other people who have called and asked him for “a lot of different things including support.
In an interview with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer during “The Situation Room” Wednesday, Trump defended some of the longest running Texas governor’s more controversial words and actions.
Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Texas Governor Rick Perry took issue Wednesday with Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's recent comments linking the HPV vaccine to mental retardation.
The issue flared up at Monday's "CNN-Republican Tea Party Debate" when Bachmann slammed Perry's decision in 2007 to require vaccinations for Texas school girls against the sexually transmitted HPV virus which may cause cervical cancer.
Washington (CNNMoney) - At least one House Republican is having a chuckle over the "American Jobs Act." Earlier this week, no House Democrat had officially filed a bill introducing the $447 billion jobs package that President Obama had sent to Congress.
The president, of course, dubbed his proposal the American Jobs Act. Well, Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, liked that moniker so much he slapped it on a bill of his own - one that would never be embraced by any Democrat.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Whether you agree or disagree with his stance, you have to give Texas Governor Rick Perry credit for sticking to his guns on some sensitive issues that many tea party and other conservative Republican activists actively oppose.
I’m talking about his support in Texas for in-state tuition rates for children of illegal immigrants and for a mandate to provide the HPV vaccine for young girls to prevent them from developing the sexually-transmitted infection that can lead to cervical cancer.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Conservative House Democrats Wednesday pressed members of the Super Committee –charged with coming up with $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction– to "go big" and more than double their debt target, but they also openly worried the composition of the panel means it's destined to fail.
"Our concern and the reason for our letter is because of the political makeup of the folks on the committee, we're concerned that they're going to take their orders from their national party leaders and not really sit down and call a time out on the 2012 elections like we're asking them to do," Blue Dog leader Rep. Mike Ross, D-Arkansas, said.
Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Rick Perry's unapologetic conservative rhetoric about the role of government has raised questions about his viability in a general election.
But on Wednesday the Texas governor said the Republican Party should pick a presidential nominee who is as philosophically different from President Barack Obama as possible.
Washington (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Wednesday downplayed recently revealed e-mails that Congressional Republicans say suggest the White House was pushing for a hasty approval of a $535 million loan to an unstable but politically connected solar energy company.
One e-mail, uncovered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and reported by ABC News, is from a White House budget analyst warning then-Vice President Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, that the 2009 Department of Energy loan was “not ready for prime time.” In a separate e-mail to the budget analyst, Klain wrote, “If you guys think this is a bad idea, I need to unwind the W[est] W[ing] QUICKLY."FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - Until recently, few outside the solar power industry had even heard of Solyndra Inc.
Now the company's bankruptcy has become a case study on an issue likely to gain increasing attention: Should the government be investing taxpayer dollars in promising - but risky - startup companies?FULL STORY