Washington (CNN) - There is a Senate tradition dating back to 1965. One specific desk in the Senate chamber has a drawer filled with candy. The senator assigned to that desk is responsible for keeping candy in it and providing sweets to all his or her colleagues.
Rick Santorum had the desk with the candy drawer, yet all that sugar didn't win him any endorsements for his presidential bid from former Senate colleagues.
(CNN) – Bill Burton finds he's a lot busier. "There's definitely more interest and energy around our effort," Burton tells CNN Radio.
Last week, Obama for America 2012 manager Jim Messina let the word go forth it was OK by President Obama for his backers to give unlimited contributions to Priorities USA Action, a Super PAC co-founded by Burton.
Washington (CNN) - In an unusual move Friday, six members of the House Ethics Committee recused themselves from the investigation of Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, after outside counsel hired to review the case recommended they no longer participate in the probe.
A letter from Alabama Republican Jo Bonner read on the House floor requested that House Speaker John Boehner appoint six new members to continue the inquiry, effectively replacing himself, four additional Republicans, and one Democrat two and a half years into the investigation.
(CNN) - The Supreme Court has blocked enforcement of a ruling by Montana's highest court that upholds the state's century-long restrictions on independent political spending by outside groups in election campaigns.
An order was issued late Friday.
Everett, Washington (CNN) – In sports terms, President Obama's West Coast fund raising blitz was mostly for the skybox and courtside crowd. Events in San Francisco were held at lavish estates with majestic views.
The invite lists were as impressive. Celebrities like George Clooney, Jack Black and Jim Belushi rubbed shoulders with the president.
(CNN) - An updated vote tally from Maine's caucuses, released Friday, showed that Mitt Romney has held on to his win in that contest.
The tally showed the former Massachusetts governor with 2,269 votes and Texas Rep. Ron Paul garnering 2,030 votes.
The difference: 239 votes.
Boise, Idaho (CNN) - Mitt Romney unleashed his harshest public attacks to date on his surging rival, Rick Santorum, during a rally in Boise Friday.
The former Massachusetts governor told an audience of more than one thousand people that Santorum was not a fiscal conservative, and accused him of contributing to the rising federal deficit during his time in the Senate.
Washington (CNN) - An ongoing political dispute over the Obama administration's new mandate on contraceptive coverage has reached the federal courts, with the Justice Department on Friday urging judges to stay out of the controversy until a compromise can be worked out.
At issue is whether religious institutions should be exempt from mandated employee coverage for birth control and other reproductive care. A North Carolina college has sued, saying it should not be obligated to provide such services in violation of its religious beliefs.
(CNN) – Rick Santorum sought to bring some clarity to his birth control position on Friday, which he said has been misconstrued by opponents which have put him on both sides of the issue.
"My position is birth control can and should be available," the former senator from Pennsylvania said at a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio.
(CNN) – Newt Gingrich's campaign sent letters to certain TV stations Friday warning them against airing a commercial paid for by a super PAC supporting Mitt Romney.
According to the letter, the campaign claims the ad is "fundamentally NOT TRUE."