(CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has made another decision to keep distance between himself and the race for the 2012 GOP nomination for president.
Daniels declined a bid for the presidency last May, after being encouraged by top Republicans to jump into the race and Tuesday he told Indiana Public Media that he was underwhelmed by a recent endorsement made by another governor who turned down a presidential run.
(CNN) - Their presidential primary contest is a long way off, but as of right now a new poll indicates California Republicans are split between front-runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.
California, along with Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota, hold their contests on June 5. Only Ohio and Utah vote after the 5th. The battle for the GOP nomination could be long over by June, but if it does last, California, thanks to its size, could put the eventual nominee over the top.
Washington (CNN) - Legislation introduced in the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday is designed to knock down the barriers that interfere with the federal government and the private sector sharing critical information about cybersecurity threats.
The bill would enable the intelligence community to share classified information with the private sector while at the same time addressing the concerns private companies have with providing information about attacks on their systems to the government.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Rick Perry sought to defend a recent gaffe in an interview Wednesday, but in the same appearance made another.
On Tuesday, the Republican presidential candidate incorrectly said the voting age in the U.S. is 21 instead of 18 and that the 2012 presidential election is on Nov. 12 instead of Nov. 6, mistakes Perry characterized as human error.
(CNN) - Democrats looking to capitalize on voter anger at Congress began targeting Republican incumbents in the House of Representatives Wednesday, saying they were responsible for the failure of the bipartisan super committee to reach a deal cutting the country's federal debt.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching robotic calls to voters in 30 GOP-held House districts, saying: "The super committee failed because Republicans insisted on extending the Bush tax breaks for millionaires and refusing to include a jobs proposal – while ending the Medicare guarantee."
(CNN) - Planning to push for an extension of the payroll tax holiday at a high school in Scranton, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, President Obama is taking his jobs message to a familiar setting.
The trip to Pennsylvania marks Obama's 15th visit to the perennial swing state since he was sworn into office, ranking among his most frequented. It's no surprise: Pennsylvania's penchant for close elections makes its 20 electoral votes a tempting prize for both parties. But a win here in November may be particularly important to the president, who could use a bit of breathing room as he faces tough odds to hold some of the Republican-leaning states he won in 2008.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Republicans eager to knock President Barack Obama's record on the economy pounced on his trip to Scranton, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, using it as an opportunity to highlight the dire economic condition in the region.
The Republican National Committee released a 30-second web video, called "Failed Promises: Scranton" ahead of the trip, using clips of Obama speaking previously in Scranton alongside text spelling out grim economic realities that persist in the city.
(CNN) - A defiant Herman Cain tried to turn the tables on his growing legion of critics and accusers Wedneday, blasting them for allegedly engaging in gutter politics and giving no indication of any immediate intent to abandon his embattled presidential campaign.
"They have been trying to do a character assassination on me," Cain told an enthusiastic crowd in Ohio. "They are attacking my character, my reputation and my name in order to try and bring me down."FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - After a year of beating their heads against the wall about reducing deficits, lawmakers in the next few weeks may add to them.
At issue are several expiring provisions of law: a Social Security payroll tax cut; long-term federal unemployment benefits; a "doc fix" to ward off a scheduled cut in Medicare physician pay; and a bevy of temporary business tax breaks.FULL STORY
Baghdad (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday the United States is geared up for a "new and comprehensive civilian relationship" with Iraq after American troops are withdrawn by the end of the year.
"We are absolutely committed to be your partner to the extent you want us to be," Biden told Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Maliki. "We stand read to provide assistance.FULL STORY