Washington (CNN) - President Obama and Congress are going through another act of the political theater they have been staging since Republicans regained control of the House last year.
The Senate took a procedural vote Tuesday night on Obama's $450 billion jobs bill. It failed to get the 60 votes needed to go the floor.
Hanover, New Hampshire (CNN) - Herman Cain, the latest Republican presidential candidate to surge to the top of the polls, found himself in the hot seat Tuesday night at a debate in New Hampshire centered on the economic matters.
The lynchpin of Cain's campaign, his cleverly titled "9-9-9" plan to restructure the U.S. Tax Code, came under harsh scrutiny as other Republicans on stage sought to knock the former Godfather's Pizza CEO off his pedestal.
White House (CNN) – Jumping with excitement, First Lady Michelle Obama and hundreds of local school children attempted to make their way into the next edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
Mrs. Obama, also known today as the "Jumper-in-Chief", led 400 kids from schools in the DC area ages 8-14, to break the record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. She kicked the challenge off at 3:00 p.m, on the South Lawn of the White House with one minute of continuous jumping jacks.
Hanover, New Hampshire (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry's son Griffin, an increasingly regular presence on the Republican campaign trail, distanced his father Tuesday from Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress and his controversial remarks about Mormonism.
Jeffress endorsed Perry's presidential bid last week and said that GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is not a Christian. He also called Mormonism a "cult."
Washington (CNN) – Shortly after his $447 billion jobs plan stalled Tuesday in the Senate, President Barack Obama vowed to break the broad initiative down into numerous, separate bills - potentially setting up even more showdowns between Democrats and Republics on how to boost the economy and where to get the money to do so.
The Democrat-pushed bill failed Tuesday night to get the 60 votes needed in the Senate to proceed. A total of 50 members of the chamber supported the measure, while 49 cast ballots against it.
Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the highest ranking elected Jewish leader in Congress, said Tuesday he doesn't believe religion should be a key factor in choosing a GOP nominee for president.
Asked about the recent controversy sparked by a Texas pastor who stated he believed one should vote for Christian over non-Christian candidates, Cantor said "I don't know what to say to that, other than to say if people view that as their driving factor then this country is one that affords all of us to practice our faith."
(CNN) – GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain said Tuesday that many liberal Democrats in the black community are "racist" for questioning his political ambitions as a black conservative Republican.
"A lot of these liberal, leftist folk in this country, that are black, they're more racist than the white people that they're claiming to be racist," Cain said Tuesday in a radio interview on the conservative Neal Boortz talk show.
Lebanon, New Hampshire (CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney called on Texas Gov. Rick Perry to repudiate comments about Mormonism made by Rev. Robert Jeffress, escalating an intraparty squabble hours before the candidates were to meet at a GOP debate.
Taking press questions for the first time since the news broke, Romney was asked Tuesday to respond to remarks by the pastor, a Southern Baptist leader who recently called Mormonism a "cult" and said he believes voters should choose Rick Perry over Mitt Romney, because Romney is a Mormon, and Mormons are "not Christians."
Lebanon, New Hampshire (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorsed Mitt Romney Tuesday, emphasizing the former Massachusetts governor's electability in a race against President Barack Obama.
"I want to support Gov. Romney because I believe he's the best person to be able to articulate Republican values and defeat Barack Obama in November 2012," Christie said at a press conference.
(CNN) - State visits for foreign leaders are meant to signify the importance the U.S. president places on the relationship with a particular country.
Such is the case for South Korea, whose president, Lee Myung-bak, arrives in Washington later this week for a state visit. Lee's arrival comes on the heels of a free trade agreement with Seoul being sent last week to Congress for final approval.