Washington (CNN) – As anti-Wall Street protests continued across the country, several hundred people gathered Thursday in the nation's capital in a scheduled anti-war demonstration that also adopted new overtones in decrying economic disparities.
Demonstrators first congregated in the shadow of Congress, at its height filling about half of Washington's Freedom Plaza, which is about the size of a city block. Many carried placards and listened to speeches from activists railing against inequality, corporate greed, as well as the American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Washington (CNN) – When it comes to President Obama’s decision to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul couldn’t disagree more. Gingrich says the president did the right thing; Paul says he’s open to trying to impeach the president.
“The fact is Congressman Paul is wrong about the law,” the former House Speaker told me. “He’s wrong about the Constitution.”
Washington (CNN) - A majority of independent voters said they would vote for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or lean toward Romney in a hypothetical 2012 matchup against President Barack Obama, a new poll says.
Fully 54% of independent voters surveyed by the Pew Research Center said they would support Romney, while fewer, 41%, said they would choose the president.
(CNN) - Rep. Ron Paul wouldn't say Thursday if he'd support Texas Governor Rick Perry or former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney if either candidate became the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, saying both men would need to change their positions to gain his endorsement.
"None of them are advocating my positions," Paul told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview airing between 4-6 p.m. ET.
(CNN) - Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer slammed President Obama Thursday for "playing class warfare" with the "millionaire's surtax."
The new tax on those with income over a million dollars a year was introduced by Senate Democrats to pay for the president's American Jobs Act. The President endorsed the measure at his Thursday news conference.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama sent a tough message to Republicans on Thursday, ahead of an expected Senate battle over his $447 billion jobs bill.
"As we look towards next week, any senator out there who's thinking about voting against this jobs bill when it comes up for a vote needs to explain exactly why they would oppose something that we know would improve our economic situation at such an urgent time for our families and for our businesses," Obama said at a news conference.
Washington (CNN) - In the wake of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision not to run for president, Mitt Romney's campaign continues to attract major donors who had been sitting on the sidelines.
First among them is Paul Singer, a major hedge fund manager. "I have held back as the presidential election landscape has taken shape over a period of months. At this time, however, the field is set. We know the pool of candidates from which the Republican nominee will emerge. And in my judgment the best choice is Mitt Romney," Singer wrote in a letter to donors and other activists.
Washington (CNN) – More American voters believe GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney would do a better job handling the economy than President Barack Obama, says a national poll released Thursday.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 49% of registered voters believe Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, would handle the economy better than the president. Thirty-nine percent of respondents said Obama would do a better job.
(CNN) – Democrats decided to strike while the iron is hot Thursday and released a new web video that blasts Republican presidential candidates for railing against Wall Street reform.
On the same day the "Occupy Wall Street" protests are expected to embark on Capitol Hill, the Democratic National Committee released the web ad featuring clips of 2012 candidates pledging to repeal the Dodd-Frank bill in an attempt to leverage anger at Wall Street and direct it toward Republicans.
(CNN) - Iowa's Republican Party chairman doesn't sound enthusiastic about holding his state's caucuses in December.
Matt Strawn says it's "better for process, better for the voters, better for the candidates. if the process starts in January."