(CNN) - It's a whirlwind tour for the president this week as he travels west to continue pressing his message about strengthening the nation's sputtering economy. At the same time, he will also press some big money supporters to fill his campaign coffers.
In the end, after eight campaign events in three days, the bottom line will be an impressive $8.5 million dollars raised, split between the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
(CNN) - Rick Santorum warned a quiet North Dakota audience Wednesday that their state's booming oil industry positioned the region as a prime target for terrorism.
"Folks, you've got energy here. They're going to bother you. They'll bother you, because you are a very key and strategic resource for this country," the Republican presidential candidate said. "No one is safe. No one is safe from asymmetric threats of terrorism."
(CNN) - A tweet that borrowed a line from a Washington Post opinion writer landed President Barack Obama's campaign manager in a Republican hot fryer Wednesday.
Jim Messina quoted the Washington Post's Dana Milbank directly via his twitter account.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama traveled Wednesday to a Wisconsin company he highlighted in his State of the Union address, telling workers they were an example of job "insourcing" needed to strengthen economic recovery.
Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd at Master Lock in Milwaukee, Obama pushed for corporate tax reforms that would benefit companies bringing back jobs overseas while cutting tax subsidies for competitors that outsource jobs.
(CNN) – Early voting in Tennessee began Wednesday ahead of the state's primary on March 6.
The Volunteer State is one of the states where voters may head to the polls before Election Day. In-person early voting will continue through February 28.
Washington (CNN) – What exactly is in this $150 billion Valentine's Day compromise on the table in Congress? Among the details: some significant changes to unemployment benefits. It's not out in public yet, but Republican and Democratic sources have given the CNN Hill team a look at some key specifics.
Keep reading for our quick and clear 101 of the deal.
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner told his Republican caucus Wednesday that the House will postpone voting on a massive transportation and energy bill until after the congressional recess scheduled for next week, according to multiple House Republican leadership aides.
The move was a sign that GOP leaders were still struggling to put together the votes to pass the measure that funds highway programs and includes several energy measures, including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
(CNN) - Rick Santorum's presidential campaign says they're going to hit Arizona airwaves with campaign commercials.
The campaign told CNN that they will begin running TV ads in Arizona on Thursday. The state, along with Michigan, is next up in the primary and caucus calendar, with both holding primaries on February 28. While Arizona's 29 delegates are winner take all, the 30 delegates at stake in Michigan will be divided proportionally.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney has taken the lead in Arizona with Rick Santorum in a close second ahead of the state's February contest, according to a new poll.
The American Research Group survey shows Romney with 38% support among likely Republican primary voters, followed by Santorum at 31%, Newt Gingrich at 15% and Ron Paul with 11%.
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, defended Wednesday the decision to move forward with a roughly $100 billion payroll tax cut extension that is not paid for, arguing that it was the only way to prevent a tax hike.
"We were not going to allow Democrats to continue to play games and cause a tax increase for hardworking Americans," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill. "We made a decision to bring them to the table so that the games would stop and we would get this worked out."