February 15th, 2012
10:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum took in $3.6M in four years; highest tax rate was 28.3%

(CNN) – Rick Santorum’s latest four years of tax returns show he earned more than a total of $3.6 million, according to spokeswoman Alice Stewart.

In 2010, his most recent year of tax returns, Santorum earned $930,230 and paid $263,440 in taxes at a rate of 28.3%.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • Taxes
Romney defends position on Detroit bailout
February 15th, 2012
09:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney defends position on Detroit bailout

Grand Rapids, Michigan (CNN) - Returning to a state that has become unexpectedly competitive for him, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sought to straddle a fraught political line at a Michigan rally that seemed more like a homecoming on Wednesday.

At a campaign rally of several hundred in Grand Rapids, Romney defended his 2008 opposition to the federal bailout of American automakers and took on other sacred cows of the trade unions powerful in local politics.
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Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Mitt Romney
Texas primary tentatively set for May 29
February 15th, 2012
08:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Texas primary tentatively set for May 29

(CNN) – A three-judge federal panel proposed Wednesday that the Republican and Democratic parties of Texas hold their primaries on May 29.

The decision, although a tentative one, followed a two-day hearing on the state’s controversial redistricting battle and aims to give the state more time to finalize its new map.
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Filed under: 2012 • Texas
Contraception fight heats up
February 15th, 2012
08:34 PM ET
3 years ago

Contraception fight heats up

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's shift on the thorny issue of contraception insurance coverage announced last week was no compromise at all, congressional opponents said Wednesday.

The president is "using the strong arm of government to force all Americans to pay for drugs and procedures that may violate" their religious beliefs and rights, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, said during a Capitol Hill news conference.
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Filed under: Congress • Faith • President Obama
County in Maine wants presidential votes included
February 15th, 2012
08:21 PM ET
3 years ago

County in Maine wants presidential votes included

(CNN) – The Maine caucus presidential vote is non-binding in terms of delegates, but some local Republicans are upset the state party is not including their votes in its total count.

Washington County's 47 towns were set to caucus on the same day as much of Maine last Saturday, but town party officials pushed back the vote a week due to snow.
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Filed under: 2012 • Maine
Ad wars to intensify
February 15th, 2012
06:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Ad wars to intensify

Washington (CNN) - The war of commercials from the presidential campaigns and various super PACs supporting candidates is expected to intensify in the coming days and to greatly expand in its scope.

Mitt Romney's campaign has now bought almost $1.2 million in ad time in Michigan, a source who tracks media buys told CNN. So far the campaign has up a positive spot in the state where the candidate talks about his Michigan roots. His campaign did not respond to a request for comment regarding its ad strategy.
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Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
Cain to stump for Gingrich in Georgia
February 15th, 2012
06:09 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain to stump for Gingrich in Georgia

San Francisco, California (CNN) - Newt Gingrich will be joined by another Georgia political heavyweight when he travels to that state later this week.

Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond confirms that businessman and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will campaign with the former Georgia congressman Saturday. There will be a rally in Cobb County Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the day, Gingrich holds two town halls in Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. He will kick off his visit with a rally in Peachtree City Friday evening.
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Filed under: 2012 • Georgia • Herman Cain • Newt Gingrich
Liberal Catholics challenge bishops on Obama's contraception rule
February 15th, 2012
04:56 PM ET
3 years ago

Liberal Catholics challenge bishops on Obama's contraception rule

Washington (CNN) - America’s Catholic bishops have criticized the White House’s mandate for insurers to provide free contraception coverage to employees, but plenty of other Catholic groups have endorsed the plan – some taking swipes at the bishops in the process.

“The Catholic bishops and their allies in the Republican Party are increasingly isolated,” James Salt, executive director of a liberal group called Catholics United, said in a statement over the weekend supporting the White House’s contraception rule.

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Filed under: Belief Blog • Faith • President Obama
CNN Poll: Obama approval rating back to 50% mark
February 15th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll: Obama approval rating back to 50% mark

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's approval rating is back to 50% for the first time in more than eight months, and he currently holds an edge against all the remaining Republican presidential candidates in hypothetical head-to-head match-ups, according to a new national survey.

And a CNN/ORC International Poll released Wednesday also indicates that the GOP's advantage on enthusiasm has been erased, and that the number of Americans who think things are going well in the country is on the rise. Six out of ten say things are going poorly in the country, but four out of ten say things are going well, up 15 points since November.

See full results (pdf)
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • President Obama • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
February 15th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN/ORC Poll – February 10-13 – Obama, Mood of Nation, General Election

TOPICS: Approval rating for Obama, Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress, mood of nation, general election match-ups, enthusiasm for voting, which candidates favor the rich, poor, middle class.

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Filed under: CNN Poll Archive • Extra
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