Washington (CNN) – A committee hearing Tuesday on the Department of Energy's use of stimulus funding kept returning to rising gas prices as Republicans hammered Secretary Steven Chu over the pain at the pump.
The partisan divide of Washington was on full display at the House Oversight Committee hearing.
Schaumburg, Illinois (CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney awaited the results of an Illinois Republican primary he was favored to win Tuesday by spending time in the Chicago suburbs, while leading rival Rick Santorum skipped the state on election day.
Romney stopped by the Chicago offices of the Internet giant Google and took questions from users of the company's Google Plus social network on Tuesday, while Santorum planned to await the results in his home state of Pennsylvania.
(CNN) - Eva Longoria says her role in the Obama re-election campaign will be to focus on women's issues and the Latino community.
(CNN) - That might come as a shock if you've heard the candidate's stump speech. But it's true.
Romney met with voters Monday in Springfield, Ill., on President Obama's home turf, and made clear that he is not a member of the second-recession doomsday crowd.
Wheaton, Illinois (CNN) - Defeating President Obama in November - that's what is on the minds of many people voting Tuesday in the GOP presidential primary at this suburban Chicago polling station.
"Getting Obama out of the White House and getting some people in there that care," Eric Wilson told CNN.
UPDATE 3/21: On Wednesday, Robert De Niro released the following statement through his representative: "My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone - especially the First Lady."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's reelection organization said Tuesday it was "inappropriate" for Robert De Niro to joke at a campaign fundraiser in New York Monday that America wasn't "ready for a white first lady."
"We believe the joke was inappropriate," Olivia Alair, Campaign Press Secretary to the First Lady, said in a statement.
(CNNMoney) - House Republicans on Tuesday made it official: They're proposing a $3.53 trillion budget for 2013 that would kill $55 billion in spending cuts aimed at defense and make up for them with savings elsewhere in the budget.
Overall, the plan from House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan would bring in $2.73 trillion in tax revenue in 2013, compared to $3.53 in outlays, leaving next year's deficit at just under $800 billion. After that point, annual deficits would fall significantly, reaching as low as $166 billion by 2018 but then begin to climb again.
(CNN) - Reince Priebus responded Tuesday to the controversy over Santorum's statement that he "doesn't care about the unemployment rate."
"I think that Rick Santorum's right," Priebus said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."
"This election is about big things. It's about liberty and freedom and we've got the two-year anniversary of Obamacare that's coming. This is another promise that Barack Obama made that prices would go down and access would go up, and in reality we all know that actually prices are going up, companies are taking waivers that Obamacare isn't what everyone thought it would be, in fact it's the opposite."
(CNN) – A survey released Tuesday delivered good news for President Barack Obama in Virginia, a large battleground state he won in 2008 and hopes to win again in November’s general election.
The poll from Quinnipiac University showed Obama leading all of the potential GOP candidates by at least eight points, including current frontrunner Mitt Romney, who Obama led 50%-42%. The president was ahead of Rick Santorum 49%-40%, Newt Gingrich 54%-35% and Ron Paul 49%-39%.
(CNN) – Your guide to where the race stands for the Republican presidential nomination:
GOP delegate estimate (as of 3/19/2012):
- Mitt Romney: 519
- Rick Santorum: 239
- Newt Gingrich: 138
- Ron Paul: 69
- Unallocated: 3
Needed to clinch GOP nomination: 1,144
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