Washington (CNN) - As President Obama fights to keep the nation's focus on his jobs plan, a new crisis looms. He'll be thrust into a high stakes showdown over Palestinian statehood when the United Nations General Assembly gathers in New York next week.
“The Palestinians will not, and cannot, achieve statehood through a declaration at the United Nations. It is a distraction, and, in fact, it's counterproductive,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to reporters on Thursday.
Atlantic, Iowa (CNN) - On Friday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry made his first public comments since the U.S. Supreme Court delayed the execution of Texas death-row inmate Duane Buck.
The Republican presidential candidate said he is confident in his state's appeals process – and respects the Supreme Court's decision to stay the execution of Buck as it reviews the way a lower court handled the case.
New York (CNNMoney) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is worried that high U.S. unemployment could lead to the same kind of riots here that have swept through Europe and North Africa.
"You have a lot of kids graduating college, [who] can't find jobs," said Bloomberg, during his weekly radio show on Friday. "That's what happened in Cairo. That's what happened in Madrid. You don't want those kinds of riots here."
(CNN) - I have to give Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman some credit. He has the guts to suggest specific changes to the nation’s Social Security system – changes that are politically treacherous.
For a politician, whether Democratic or Republican, that’s always dangerous, given Social Security’s popularity, especially with older Americans who rely on it. And remember: older Americans vote in much higher percentages than younger Americans.
(CNN) – A new one-volume guide to virtually every rumor, controversy, assertion and accusation about Sarah Palin - scurrilous or otherwise - is about to hit the stands, and it's already generating a storm of controversy.
"The Rogue: Searching for The Real Sarah Palin" by Joe McGinniss is a merciless review of Palin's personal life and meteoric rise from the mayor of a small Alaskan town to the center of America's political universe.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - As the debate over Texas Gov. Rick Perry mandating the HPV vaccine continues between Republican presidential candidates, a woman whose endorsement is coveted by all them, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, has her own complicated history on the issue.
In 2007, shortly before Perry issued an executive order requiring that schoolgirls be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV, that causes most cervical cancers, Haley was throwing her support behind a similar bill in South Carolina. At the time she was in her second term as a state representative.
Washington (CNN) - Should members of Congress cut their salaries or raise the age at which they can draw a congressional pension when many Americans are making personal sacrifices during the country's prolonged economic crisis?
Sen. Sherrod Brown thinks so.
(CNN) - Donald Trump. Kim Kardashian. Rick Perry? The Texas governor might sound like the odd man out, but for at least one night Perry fit right in with reality television's finest.
According to the New York Post, Perry attended the Sherri Hill fashion show with Trump on Wednesday night after the two dined together. According to her website, Hill specializes in prom and pageant dresses.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that will overhaul the U.S. patent system for the first time since 1952.
"We have to do everything we can to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit wherever we find it," Obama said at a signing ceremony at a high school in Arlington, Virginia. This measure "cuts away the red tape that slows down our inventors and entrepreneurs."
Listen here to the Political Notebook as CNN’s “State of the Union” anchor Candy Crowley and Bob Costantini talk about advice the president’s getting on jobs proposal. And a prominent Democrat thinks the plan should be for 10 years!
Washington (CNN) - Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy holds an early 11-point lead in a new poll over Republican Linda McMahon, a former WWE executive, in the race to fill Connecticut Sen. Joe Liebermann’s vacated seat in 2012.
The new Quinnipiac survey shows Murphy leading McMahon, who has not yet officially declared her candidacy, 49 percent to 38 percent in the hypothetical race. Though Murphy also leads former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz 36 percent to 26 percent in the Democratic primary, Bysiewicz leads McMahon in the general election 46 percent to 38 percent.