(CNN) - There are many advantages an incumbent president has in seeking re-election. The power and perks of the White House are significant.
But those advantages certainly don’t guarantee a second term. There have been many one-term presidents.
Washington (CNN) - Eight days and counting.
With time running out, senior Democrats and Republicans remained unclear Tuesday about the prospects of success for the so-called congressional "super committee" - the 12-member panel charged with the seemingly Herculean task of finding at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade.
(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is among those Herman Cain would like to see in his administration if he wins the White House. Too bad Kissinger declined the proposal.
"Dr. Kissinger turned down my offer to be secretary of state," Cain told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with a smile. "He said he's perfectly happy doing what he's doing."
Dubuque, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Tuesday reiterated comments made a day earlier that he supports collective bargaining rights for public employees, which could put him at odds with some of his rivals and hurt him among some conservatives.
During an editorial board meeting Monday with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in Wisconsin, Cain said that he supported workers' right for collective bargaining. One day later following a campaign event in Dubuque, Iowa, he declared, "Let's clarify what I said. I am against collective hijacking."
Washington (CNN) - Members of Congress and their staffs would be prohibited from using insider legislative information for investment purposes under legislation filed Tuesday in the wake of a CBS News "60 Minutes" report.
On Sunday, "60 Minutes" aired a report highlighting instances in which congressional officials reportedly bought stocks around the same time Congress was discussing legislation affecting those companies or industries.
Bettendorf, Iowa (CNN) - South Carolina voters received a lengthy fundraising plea from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney over the weekend, a sign that the Republican presidential candidate is ever-so-slightly upping his efforts in the first southern primary state.
The four-page mail piece, penned under Romney's name and provided to CNN by a Republican in Columbia who received it on Monday, says that "America is desperate for strong focused, fiscally responsible leadership."
Washington (CNN) – Deep disagreements surfaced on Capitol Hill Tuesday over whether the United States has moved too quickly to withdraw troops from Iraq.
The Obama administration will withdraw all U.S. military personnel by the end of the year, after negotiations with Iraq broke down last month over leaving behind a small force for training and security. Some 30,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq now, and only a small number of U.S. military will remain behind, attached to the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
Bettendorf, Iowa (CNN) - Casting Washington as a latter-day Roman Empire, bloated and "mired in ruin," Texas Gov. Rick Perry unveiled a drastic plan to overhaul the federal government Tuesday in a policy speech in Iowa.
"It is time to tear down the monuments to bureaucratic failure, and in their place build a smaller, more efficient federal government that puts the American people first," Perry said at a manufacturing facility in Bettendorf. "The Washington insiders won't address Beltway decay, they won't try a totally new way, because they like things as they are."
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's overall approval rating remains in the mid-40s, where it has been since July, and he continues to receive much higher marks for foreign policy than for domestic issues, according to a new national survey out one year before he is up for re-election.
A CNN/ORC International Poll released Tuesday indicates that 52% of all Americans approve of how the president is handling the situation in Iraq, an indication that Americans tend to favor Obama's decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from that country by year's end. Forty-eight percent of those questioned approve of how he is handling the war in Afghanistan. By contrast, only 35% have a positive view of his economic track record, and just 38% approve of how he is handling health care policy.
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TOPICS: Obama overall approval; approval on Iraq, Afghanistan, health care, economy
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