Washington (CNN) –GOP critics cranked up the political heat Thursday on Attorney General Eric Holder, threatening impeachment and accusing him of withholding information from Congress about Operation Fast and Furious, a severely flawed and discredited federal gun-sting program.
At the end of a long, combative day of testimony before the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee, California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa compared Holder to disgraced Nixon-era Attorney General John Mitchell.
(CNN) - Pressed about his aggressive campaign against Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul said he feels responsible to show a different side of the former House speaker to the American public.
"I have to expose him for what he's been doing over the years. That's all we're doing. Trying to present the facts," Paul said to reporters at a town hall event in Des Moines, Iowa.
Okatie, South Carolina (CNN) - After touting his military experience and announcing the endorsements of local veterans aboard an aircraft carrier outside Charleston, South Carolina this morning, Perry predicted that a slip-of-the-tongue during his afternoon town hall in Okatie, SC would be the headline that comes out of his day campaigning in the Palmetto state.
During an appearance at the Sun City retirement community, a woman asked Perry about his thoughts on America's "two wars" and the U.S. military's right to go into other countries and change their governments.
(CNN) - White House hopeful Rick Perry turned his eye away from Pres. Barack Obama's "war on religion" and toward his sweeping health care law in a new ad debuting in Iowa Thursday.
The spot, called "Obamacare," also goes after fellow GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, claiming the two were equally supportive of government-mandated health insurance. The spot will run statewide in Iowa and nationally on Fox News Channel.
(CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul is taking his anti-Newt Gingrich media blitz across more markets.
Not only has Paul's campaign purchased an expanded ad buy in Iowa against his rival GOP presidential opponent, but it's also set to release the same TV ad in New Hampshire, a Paul campaign aide confirmed to CNN.
(CNN) - It's crunch time for Rick Perry.
The Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate kicks off a 44 stop bus tour across Iowa starting next Wednesday.
Washington (CNN) – Setting up a showdown with the White House and Senate Democrats, House Republican leaders Thursday proceeded with plans to vote next week on a proposal to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits while easing the path for approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Meanwhile, the Senate blocked competing Democratic and Republican proposals to extend the payroll tax cut from proceeding Thursday, with both failing to get the 60 votes necessary.
(CNN) - Senate Republicans Thursday blocked a Democratic measure to extend the payroll tax cut and assess a new tax on income over $1 million to help pay for it.
The vote was 50-48. Sixty votes were needed for the measure to proceed.
New York (CNN) - I spent some quality time with Donald Trump today at his office in New York. Having interviewed him many times over the years, I can assure you he remains vintage Trump. He has very strong views on virtually every issue out there – though they are not always what you might think.
He doesn't lack in self-confidence. He's understandably very proud of his accomplishments. He's a firm believer of what my father used to say to me all the time growing up in Buffalo, New York: "Remember, son: if you don't promote yourself, no one else will."
Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) – Newt Gingrich refused to comment on Mitt Romney's stepped-up campaign efforts to directly attack the former House speaker.
After speaking to business leaders in South Carolina's upstate, Gingrich was asked about two high-profile Romney surrogates calling him a "self-aggrandizing," unreliable and untrustworthy leader.