Centennial, Colorado (CNN) – Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of infringing upon Americans’ religious rights in a fiery address to more than 2,500 supporters Monday in Colorado.
“The Creator gave every human being his rights,” Romney told the audience, to sustained cheers. “I’m just distressed as I watch our president try and infringe upon our rights.”
(CNN) - She may have dropped her bid for the presidential nomination, but Michele Bachmann is still adamantly pushing her conservative credentials.
Asked by Bloomberg TV’s Al Hunt to name the most conservative candidate remaining in the 2012 race, Bachmann responded by plugging herself.
Washington (CNN) - Moments after an energetic Madonna entertained fans during the halftime show at Sunday's Super Bowl, millions of television viewers got an emotional jolt back into reality.
The imagery was powerful: Stern faces of workers and families in Detroit, aged plants rumbling back to work, a city resiliently fighting back from the devastating slump of the auto industry.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden ramped up his criticism of GOP presidential candidates on Monday, telling a crowd at a fundraiser in Florida that Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich were woefully out of touch with economic reality.
"Mitt Romney says the best way to deal with foreclosures is to let everything hit the bottom," Biden said at a fundraiser in Tallahassee. "No, no, no, no – by the way, from purely a dollars and cents standpoint, he could get ready to argue that, that's right out of the business school manual. But guess what? We're not reorganizing and purchasing companies, we're trying to rebuild a country."
(CNN) - Rick Santorum, under attack from Mitt Romney's campaign for his history of securing earmarks during his time in the Senate, said Monday his record was similar to many other conservative politicians.
"Jim DeMint, a favorite of the tea party, supported earmarks at the same time I did," Santorum said on CNN's "John King USA."
(CNN) - After passing 23 temporary extensions, the Senate voted 75 to 20 Monday to approve a long-term funding bill for the FAA and sent it to the president for his expected signature.
The measure provides about $16 billion a year for FAA operations, airport construction and modernization. It includes safety measures, such as a new satellite-based system for air traffic control, as well as other aviation programs, like one that subsidizes air travel to rural areas.
(CNN) - After five Republican nomination contests, voter turnout has not been what some GOP activists may want to see. While several of the early voting states saw increases over 2008, the level was not as high as had been predicted.
Some Republicans, however, argue there is no relationship between primary and caucus turnout and that for a general election. CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger breaks down the numbers and tell us what they may mean.
Golden, Colorado (CNN) - Could Rick Santorum pull off a surprise victory in this week's caucuses? Newt Gingrich thinks so.
"I think that Santorum's going to have a pretty good day tomorrow and he will have earned it. He targeted differently than I did," Gingrich told reporters gathered outside an energy forum in Golden, Colorado.
(CNN) – The federal government is poised to recoup 70 cents on the dollar for a clean energy loan made to Beacon Energy after it filed for bankruptcy last fall.
The $43 million investment in the energy storage company, of which the government expects about a 70 percent return, is expected to be paid both in cash and debt, the company is purchased by private equity firm Rockland Capital.
(CNN) - In the political world, it was the most talked-about ad from Sunday night's Super Bowl telecast. Pete Hoekstra, running for Senate in Michigan against incumbent Debbie Stabenow, hit the Democrat for her record on spending. But some are criticizing the spot for being blatantly racist.
The 30-second ad features a young Asian woman riding a bike through rice paddies speaking in unaccented but broken English: