Tripoli, Libya (CNN) - In his first visit to Libya since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi, Sen. John McCain hailed that nation's revolution as the showcase for the so-called Arab Spring but acknowledged a tough road lay ahead.
"The Libyan people have inspired the world," McCain said. "They have turned cynics into supporters."
Washington (CNN) - With Florida officials refusing to back down from their plan to hold their presidential primary in January of next year, national GOP leaders worked nervously behind-the-scenes Thursday to keep their fragile nominating calendar intact.
A Republican-appointed commission in Florida is expected Friday to name Jan. 31 as the date of their 2012 presidential primary, a decision first reported by CNN on Wednesday.
Washington (CNN) - Even as he charges into his re-election battle, President Barack Obama has a festering weakness on a flank that, by all accounts, ought to be rock solid: the one held by African-American Democrats. Their support for his programs, belief in his leadership and enthusiasm for another term is softening just as he needs it most.
In the past few weeks, the president has been chastised by the Congressional Black Caucus for avoiding troubled inner-city districts, peppered with tough questions on BET, and suffered plummeting poll numbers among black voters.
(CNN) - What a difference three years makes. A new poll released Thursday reveals Democrats seem to be suffering from a presidential election malaise.
Less than half say they're more enthusiastic than usual about voting in 2012, compared with Republicans, who are more enthused about voting than they were for most of 2008.
Washington (CNN) – Amid a potential primary calendar shake-up, GOP chairs of the first four voting states –Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina– said Thursday they would do whatever it takes to hold onto their early voting status in 2012.
"The four sanctioned, early states have been very clear that we will move together, if necessary, to ensure order as outlined in RNC rules," said Iowa GOP chairman Matt Strawn in a joint statement. "If we are forced to change our dates together, we will."
(CNN) - A short-term spending measure to fund the federal government into next week won approval Thursday from the U.S. House and now goes to President Barack Obama's desk.
The measure was part of a bipartisan agreement intended to end a dispute over disaster relief spending that threatened to cause a partial shutdown of the government when the current fiscal year ends at midnight Friday.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Mitt Romney will return to New Hampshire Monday to host a town hall in Salem, CNN has learned.
CNN obtained an invitation the campaign distributed for the event, which is open to the public and will be held at 5:45 p.m. ET on Oct. 3 at the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge in Salem.
(CNN) – The National Republican Congressional Committee has their sights set on Blue Dog Democrats, as evidenced by a website launched Thursday.
Republicans currently hold a 242-193 majority in the House of Representatives, a 49-seat majority the party would like to retain-and increase-in 2012.
(CNN) - A decision on the final date for the South Carolina GOP presidential primary will be delayed until the state of Florida announces whether it will break from the Republican Party and schedule it's primary on January 31, 2012.
In a Thursday announcement, state officials pledged to keep their status as the first southern state to vote in the primary and caucus calendar.
(CNN) - The state of Georgia will hold its GOP presidential primary March 6, 2012 on Super Tuesday. The decision keeps the original date of the state's primary intact.