Washington (CNN) - If you thought Congress was stymied by politics and gridlock last year, the top Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate left little doubt the New Year would bring more of the same.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said because of the election year "things should be more tense than usual."
New York (CNNMoney) - Newt Gingrich is the latest Republican candidate to challenge the conventional wisdom that Mitt Romney is destined to capture his party's nomination.
Gingrich just delivered a wallop to Romney in the South Carolina primary, and the gap between the candidates has narrowed so severely in recent days that the two are virtually tied nationwide, according to Gallup's latest national tracking poll.FULL STORY
Lady Lake, Florida (CNN) - During a town hall at an American Legion Hall here Monday afternoon, Rick Santorum was asked a question about President Obama's religion that's been a common refrain amongst certain Republicans going all the way back to 2008.
"I never refer to Obama as President Obama because legally he is not," the woman in the audience began. "He constantly says that our constitution is passé, and he ignores it as you know and does what he darn well pleases. He is an avowed Muslim and my question is, why isn't something being done to get him out of government? He has no legal right to be calling himself president."
(CNN) – A week ago, the Gallup daily tracking poll of registered Republicans around the country had Mitt Romney at 37% with Newt Gingrich at only 14% percent. Guess what? That 23-point spread has now disappeared. The new nation-wide Gallup numbers: Romney 29% percent to Gingrich’s 28% percent. That’s a statistical tie well within the 3-point sampling error.
It only goes to show you how quickly political fortunes can change. Fresh from his double-digit victory over Romney in South Carolina, Gingrich now certainly has the political momentum going with him into Florida’s January 31 primary. He seems to be on a roll.FULL STORY
(CNN) – A new national poll released Monday shows Newt Gingrich surging to a statistical tie with rival presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The former House speaker now has the backing of 28% of registered Republicans to Romney's 29% nationwide, according to the latest results from Gallup's daily tracking poll.
New York (CNNMoney) – The one thing Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich seem to agree on about Freddie Mac is that it played a significant role in the housing bubble - and the subsequent financial meltdown that followed when it burst.
But many experts in the field question that view, saying Freddie Mac and fellow mortgage financer Fannie Mae were relatively small players in the rapid growth of subprime and other risky home loans while the housing bubble inflated - and were relatively late to the game at that.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Florida's primary may still be eight days away, but voting is already underway.
Early voting began statewide on Saturday and 53,000 ballots were cast by Sunday, according to the Florida Department of State, which runs the division of elections.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign released a blistering new Florida television ad against Newt Gingrich on Monday, eight days before the Sunshine State's presidential primary.
"If Newt wins, this guy would be very happy," the ad's narrator says, as a photo of a smiling President Barack Obama appears on screen.
New York (CNNMoney) - What can the public - and his rivals - expect to learn when Mitt Romney releases his 2010 tax return on Tuesday?
Interest is high, largely because of Romney's vast wealth: He leads the Republican field, and President Obama, by a mile in that category.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Want more proof Rep. Ron Paul is looking past Florida to February's contests? Well, here it is.
While the Republican presidential candidate and longtime congressman from Texas will attend both of the GOP debates being held in Florida this week (including a CNN debate on Thursday night in Jacksonville), Paul won't be in the Sunshine State on primary day, January 31.