Mackinac Island, Michigan (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be mostly an unknown quantity to the 1,600 or so Republican activists when he speaks to them Saturday at a major Michigan GOP conference. Perry and rival presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Michigan native, are the featured attractions at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on the scenic, upper-peninsula island.
"He is walking into the lion's den. This is important," Bill Ballenger, editor of the Inside Michigan Politics Newsletter, told CNN. "Everybody is going to be watching his speech very carefully" since it will be Perry's introduction to Republicans in the state.
(CNN) - The Democratic National Committee will go up with a new ad this weekend urging Congress to pass the American Jobs Act President Barack Obama sent to Capitol Hill last week, according to the DNC.
The 30-second spot, which will run in crucial swing and early voting states across the country, says the fully subsidized plan will improve infrastructure, help small businesses, end tax breaks for the wealthy and close corporate tax loopholes.
(CNN) - CNN fact checked some of the claims made at Thursday night's Republican presidential debate in Orlando. Read the findings below.
Los Angeles (CNN) - Vandals have struck President Barack Obama's campaign office in Los Angeles, police said late Thursday.
BB-gun pellets were shot and an unknown object was thrown into the office, police spokeswoman Sara Faden said.FULL STORY
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CNN: Perry is focus of attention, attacks at Florida debate
The perils of being the Republican frontrunner came into sharp focus for Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday at a debate in Florida, with his rivals aggressively seeking to poke holes in his record and dislodge him from the top of the polls.
(CNN) - The House early Friday passed a continuing resolution to prevent a possible partial government shutdown after the current fiscal year ends on September 30.
The vote was 219 to 203.