(CNN) - National Democrats hammered GOP presidential hopefuls over foreign policy on Wednesday, arguing that three major candidates aim to cut all foreign aid to Israel.
The Democratic National Committee teamed up with President Barack Obama's re-election campaign to target Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry for saying they would start all foreign aid commitments at "zero," then force governments to prove why they should earn assistance from the United States.
Webster City, Iowa (CNN) – Saddled with sagging poll numbers, Michele Bachmann is amping up her political rhetoric: describing opponents as "foolish," "flip-floppers" and restating the merits of her candidacy in hypermasculine terms.
"If we want to change this country up…I'm your man," Bachmann said in Webster City, Iowa, on Wednesday. "When people think of the president, they think of who is that individual. And I'm willing to 'man up,' so to speak, for the job and do what needs to be done… I'm a very strong woman."
Washington (CNNMoney) - The House passed a bill on Wednesday to help unemployed veterans seeking jobs as well as federal contractors facing a new tax burden in 2013.
The House voted 422 to 0 on Wednesday to pass the first and, so far, only piece of President Obama's jobs package to get out of Congress. The Senate passed the bill with 95 senators voting unanimously last week.
Washington (CNN) – The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday to dramatically expand the right to carry concealed firearms in most states.
The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act passed the House by a vote of 272-154, with representatives dividing mostly along party lines.
Washington (CNN) - Ten years after its formation, the Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday got the type of birthday card no one wants to receive - a blistering report from Republican lawmakers who said the agency is "bloated" and "inefficient" and has done little, if anything, to improve aviation security.
Rep. John Mica, R-Florida, a longtime critic who has fought to privatize TSA screening jobs, said Congress never intended the agency it created in November 2001 to "mushroom" into a workforce of 65,000 employees, "top heavy" with bureaucrats.
Webster City, Iowa (CNN) - As Newt Gingrich denies he was paid to lobby Republicans for mortgage giant Freddie Mac, fellow Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Wednesday challenged Gingrich's denial.
"Whether former Speaker Gingrich made $300,000 or whether he made $2 million, the point is that he took money to also influence senior Republicans to be favorable toward Fannie and Freddie," Bachmann said after a campaign event in Webster City, Iowa.
Washington (CNN) - Officials interviewed as part of a House committee's investigation of a federal loan guarantee to Solyndra said they were unaware of any political pressure exerted on behalf of a key investor and fundraiser for the president, according to the panel's Democratic staff.
In a memorandum released Wednesday, the day before Energy Secretary Steven Chu appears at a committee hearing on Solyndra, the Democratic staff rebutted Republican leaders' claims of favoritism by the White House for George Kaiser, a major investor in the solar energy company who raised money for candidate Barack Obama in 2008.
Washington (CNNMoney) - A group of two dozen millionaires stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday, demanding lawmakers raise their taxes.
"We want to pay more taxes," said California millionaire Doug Edwards, a former marketing director for Google. "If you're fortunate, and you make more than a million dollars a year, you ought to pay more taxes."
Bettendorf, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum chided his GOP rivals Wednesday and urged them to be "careful" about their sharp-tongued foreign policy rhetoric.
In a debate about national security issues last weekend, several Republican candidates - including Texas Gov Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich - proposed eliminating United States aid payments to Pakistan, where state intelligence forces have been linked to terrorists, if the government is not fully in line with American interests.