WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) - The House Agriculture Committee voted unanimously Friday to subpoena Jon Corzine, the former CEO of bankrupt trading firm MF Global, to compel his testimony at a hearing next week.
"I assure you, the ranking member and I do not take this action lightly," said committee Chairman Frank Lucas, an Oklahoma Republican. "However, we agree that his testimony is essential to fulfill our objectives on behalf our constituents and to complete the hearing record."FULL STORY
(CNN) – Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor and Mitt Romney supporter, was not attacking rival candidate Newt Gingrich in a recent interview, Romney asserted Friday.
Romney said Christie's criticism of Gingrich's record to a Florida website was "hardly an attack," but the Republican presidential contender echoed Christie's comments.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – As Newt Gingrich gets cast as a Washington insider by frontrunner rival Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential candidate's top New York adviser and one of the state's most prominent Republicans is getting personal, calling the former House speaker "evil."
"Evil is a tough word, but frankly I can't think of a better word that describes what he is all about," said Guy Molinari, who served with Gingrich in Congress. "He is an evil person. That's the way he is. He'll lie; he'll do anything to get his way."
(CNN) - Mitt Romney was the first Republican presidential candidate to react to November's promising jobs report, criticizing President Barack Obama's performance and saying that "the fact that so many millions of Americans are unemployed only highlights the urgent need for a fundamental change in the direction of our country."
The Labor Department on Friday announced the nation's unemployment rate fell to 8.6% last month, the lowest level since March of 2009, with employers adding 120,000 jobs, marking a pick up in hiring from October. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney had expected an additional 110,000 jobs in the month and the unemployment rate to remain unchanged.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama delivered an unusually stark Christian message at the White House Christmas tree lighting Thursday night, saying Christ's message "lies at the heart of my Christian faith and that of millions of Americans."
"More than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could find rest only in a stable, among the cattle and the sheep," Obama said at the tree lighting ceremony, a longstanding White House tradition.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Herman Cain was dealt a blow via new poll numbers in Iowa that indicate the Republican presidential candidate's support in single digits.
The Des Moines Register's poll, parts of which were released Friday, showed the former pizza executive with eight percent support among likely Republican caucus goers, down from the 23% he received in October.
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CNN: Senate passes defense bill with detainee policy compromise
The Senate on Thursday passed a giant defense bill that includes a new policy for detaining and trying suspected al Qaeda terrorists - a policy that attracted controversy during the debate and may draw a presidential veto.
CNN: Cain: Wife didn't know about friendship with latest accuser
Presidential hopeful Herman Cain told a newspaper Thursday that he never told his wife about another woman he befriended 13 years ago and helped out financially.
(CNN) – After confidently declaring earlier Thursday he would become the Republican nominee, Newt Gingrich toned down his hubris later that night, saying it was up to the voters to make that choice.
"The people decide, and in the end, they've got to make the decision, but certainly it's moving in the right direction," Gingrich said when pressed in a Fox News interview on whether he stood by his previous remarks about winning the nomination.
(CNN) – The House Intelligence Committee made some revisions in its cyber security bill Thursday to address privacy concerns raised by the White House.
The legislation is designed to improve information sharing between the federal government and private industry in an effort to better protect American businesses computer systems from cyber attacks.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Rick Perry, who's no stranger to poking fun at himself, made light of his recent mishaps in an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Thursday night.
Asked about his debate "brain freeze," in which he forgot the third of three agencies he would cut as president, the GOP presidential candidate joked: "Well, you know, one, two, and then - uh, uh. It happens, man. Let me tell you."