New York (CNNMoney) – The Energy Department's controversial loan program got some much needed help.
An independent audit, ordered by president Obama, said the DOE's loan program would cost the government $2.7 billion due to risk from defaults, a little less than the $2.9 billion in costs the energy department had predicted.
Washington (CNN) – Gabrielle Giffords' final piece of legislation is now law.
President Barack Obama signed the bill in the Oval Office at the White House on Friday with the former Arizona congresswoman and her husband, Mark Kelly, looking on.
New York (CNNMoney) – President Obama will propose a budget on Monday that forecasts a $901 billion deficit in 2013, and includes plans to make targeted investments in areas like infrastructure while hiking taxes on the rich.
The White House bills the document as a "blueprint for how we can rebuild an economy where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded."
Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich sought to hammer home the idea that he's the anti-establishment candidate Friday, rehashing familiar themes from his stump speeches before his audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
"For the Republican establishment, managing the decay is preferable to changing the trajectory because changing the trajectory requires real fights and a real willingness to roll up sleeves and actually take on the left," Gingrich said.
(CNN) - Rick Santorum's campaign has raised $3 million in the past three days, according to a tweet from his press secretary.
Hogan Gidley wrote Friday, "Breaking. @RickSantorum campaign: 3 States, 3 Wins, 3 Days, 3 Million. Today is 3rd consecutive million $ day. #cpac #gameon #momentum
(CNN) - Mitt Romney is extending his trip to Maine, adding two stops Saturday morning ahead of the state's GOP presidential caucuses.
Romney was originally only scheduled to participate in a single town hall meeting in Portland on Friday.
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(CNN) - Rick Santorum reiterated his opposition Friday to women serving in combat roles in the U.S. military, saying female troops have reduced physical capacities and would distract men from their assigned duties.
"If you're out there, for example, in a group, or just two people, and some people, because of women, have, as you know with respect to physical capabilities, they don't have the same requirements that men do in the military, and may be in a position if someone is injured, has to be brought back," Santorum said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." The full interview will air Friday at 4 p.m. ET.
(CNN) – Rick Santorum has overtaken Newt Gingrich for the second place spot in a new national poll.
The Gallup daily tracking poll of registered Republicans released Friday showed the former Pennsylvania senator with 22% support, behind Mitt Romney's 34% and ahead of Gingrich's 18% and Ron Paul's 10%. The most recent survey was taken before and after Santorum's trifecta of wins Tuesday.
Washington (CNN) - Rick Santorum made one thing clear at the Conservative Political Action Conference: he's not running for vice president.
The insurgent GOP contender and his entourage stormed into CPAC ready to rumble with Mitt Romney. Santorum's haymaker of the day was aimed at the former Massachusetts governor's health care plan.
Washington (CNN) - As he continues to fend of questions about his core convictions, Mitt Romney aggressively defended his conservative credentials Friday at a major gathering of right-leaning activists in Washington.
Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference, Romney described his record in Massachusetts in almost startling terms, calling himself "a severely conservative Republican governor" who stood firmly with social conservatives in the fight against same-sex marriage and abortion.