Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Mitt Romney swept into Nevada on Wednesday evening and sharply criticized Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for declaring that the United States and NATO plan to end combat operations in Afghanistan sometime in 2013.
Romney said the public announcement jeopardizes the Afghanistan mission and “our commitments to freedom.”
(CNN) – After years of bridge building with the Catholic Church, the Obama administration may have damaged some of the good will it built up with the nation's 70 million Catholics, which could have steep consequences at the polls in November.
Some rank and file Catholics are beginning to express the same frustrations as clergy about a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy requiring all employers, including religious ones, to pay for FDA-approved contraceptives, such as the birth control pill and Plan B, through health insurance plans.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign will stop using the song "Wavin' Flag" by rapper K'Naan after the Somali-Canadian music artist said he was "dismayed" the campaign had played the tune at Romney's Florida primary victory party on Tuesday.
"I have not been asked for permission by Mitt Romney's campaign for the use of my song. If I had been asked, I would certainly not have granted it,” K'Naan said in a statement. “I would happily grant the Obama campaign use of my song without prejudice."
(CNN) - President Barck Obama's senior campaign strategist David Axelrod downplayed Mitt Romney's Florida primary win on Wednesday, repeatedly calling the former Massachusetts governor a "weak frontrunner."
"It was a tactical victory, I’m not sure it added to his luster as a potential leader of the country," Axelrod said on CNN's "John King, USA."
(CNN) - Donald Trump, who once flirted with a White House bid, is now reasserting himself in the presidential race, saying he'll make a major announcement in Las Vegas Thursday just two days before Nevada's caucuses.
Could it be an endorsement? Trump's office, as well as Newt Gingrich's campaign, responded to questions swirling over the announcement Wednesday night–and neither team shot down speculation that the reality TV star may make his pick.
Woodland Park, Colorado (CNN) – In what his campaign billed as a "major speech on health care," Rick Santorum found himself Wednesday defending a profit-driven health care system to a woman who said her son requires expensive medication to stay alive.
The former Pennsylvania senator also detailed the deficiencies he sees in his rivals' health insurance records.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats announced Tuesday they will hold hearings beginning later this month examining what they see as the negative impact of super PACs on the election process.
They also will work to develop legislation to require the disclosure of all donors to the increasingly powerful political organizations.
(CNN) - A new national poll indicates Mitt Romney has retaken his lead over rival Newt Gingrich after having once lost it in the days following Gingrich's South Carolina primary victory.
According the latest results from Gallup's daily tracking poll released Wednesday, Romney is now back in front one day after his decisive win in Florida's primary.
(CNN) – Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who last month suspended her presidential campaign, said Wednesday that she does not plan to endorse in the GOP presidential race before her state's primary next Tuesday.
"Well, I haven't made a decision about endorsements yet, I reserve the right to make an endorsement, I may before the process is all concluded, but I am nowhere near right now," Bachmann said on CNN's "Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
(CNN) - Planned Parenthood reported on Wednesday raising $400,000 in the 24 hours following its announcement that a major backer, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, was ending its partnership with the group.
The major breast cancer research group cut its funds for breast screenings at Planned Parenthood amid increased scrutiny from Congress over how the prominent family planning organization provides abortion services.