(CNN) - Mitt Romney is still the favorite 2012 GOP presidential candidate among California Republicans, although his popularity has dropped, according to a new survey.
Washington (CNN) - A Marine who ran through enemy fire to recover wounded fellow American and Afghan troops during a firefight in Afghanistan received the Medal of Honor Thursday from President Barack Obama.
"You did your duty above and beyond and you kept the faith," Obama told Dakota Meyer, who became the first living Marine to be recognized with the nation's highest military honor for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq.FULL STORY
(CNN) - In the middle of the massive effort to protect New Yorkers from the effects of Hurricane Irene last month, a colorful moment gave people an amusing opportunity to laugh and joke. It was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to communicate with Spanish-speaking New Yorkers in their own language.
"My Spanish skills, may continue poco a poco (little by little)," said the mayor in not-so-fluent Spanish on Aug. 30 when asked by reporters about his repeated attempts to communicate in Spanish. Bloomberg never explained whether his speaking Spanish was out of a genuine concern to effectively communicate with people or a way to score political points with New York's Hispanic voters – or both.FULL STORY
Washington (CNNMoney) - House Speaker John Boehner drew a line in the sand on Thursday, saying that a special debt committee tasked with cutting at least $1.2 trillion from federal deficits shouldn't consider tax hikes.
"Tax increases ... are not a viable option for the Joint Committee," Boehner said in a speech to the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. "It's a very simple equation. Tax increases destroy jobs. And the Joint Committee is a jobs committee. Its mission is to reduce the deficit that is threatening job creation in our country."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Todd Palin released a scathing statement late Wednesday about author Joe McGinniss, whose new book about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has grabbed internet and tabloid headlines, as well as received harsh criticism from The New York Times.
In a statement distributed to members of the media, Palin's husband said the book "is full of disgusting lies, innuendo and smears."
Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday brushed off the two special election losses Democrats suffered on Tuesday, saying the party was still on track with plans to regain control of the House of Representatives next fall.
"It does not alter our plan for taking back the House," Pelosi said, when asked about the GOP upset in a traditionally Democratic district in New York, and the wide margin the Republican received over the Democratic candidate in Nevada.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Popular New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch announced Thursday he will not seek a historic fifth term in office, putting another state race in play for Republicans in 2012.
Lynch, an immensely well-liked Democrat, has headed the state for eight years and was considered all-but-unbeatable had he chosen to run again. He announced at a press conference Thursday he would not run for a fifth two-year term.
Hyattsville, Md. (CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama scored a big win Thursday in her campaign to eliminate childhood obesity within a generation. Mrs. Obama announced that the biggest full service restaurant company in the world, Darden Restaurants which owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse among others, has agreed to cut sodium and calories on its menus across the board as well as offering healthier menu choices targeted to kids.
"This is a breakthrough moment in the restaurant industry," Mrs. Obama told reporters and guests invited by Darden and the White House to an Olive Garden Restaurant in suburban Hyattsville, Maryland. The first lady, who called on restaurants to rethink their menus when she spoke at the National Restaurant Association more than a year ago, praised Darden for what she called its vision and commitment.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The Republican Party is split right down the middle between tea party movement supporters and those who do not support the two-and-a-half-year-old movement, according to a new national survey.
And a CNN/ORC International Poll released Thursday also highlights the differences in demographics, ideology, and temperament between the two camps. According to the survey, on some issues, the two wings of the GOP are in accord, but tea party activists and supporters do not speak for the entire Republican Party on issues such as the deficit, global warming, evolution, abortion, gay marriage, the Federal Reserve, the Department of Education, or Social Security.