Gingrich lays off staff, refocuses campaign
March 27th, 2012
10:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich lays off staff, refocuses campaign

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich has replaced his campaign manager and is laying off one-third of his staff, but has vowed to continue his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, a spokesman confirms to CNN.

"The campaign is being redesigned to make it convention ready," spokesman R.C. Hammond said. "Speaker Gingrich is committed to going all the way to Tampa."
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Group aimed to pit blacks, Latinos against same-sex marriage
March 27th, 2012
10:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Group aimed to pit blacks, Latinos against same-sex marriage

(CNN) - A national group opposed to same-sex marriage aimed to fight it by driving "a wedge between gays and blacks" and identifying "glamorous" Latino artists and athletes to advocate traditional marriage, according to newly released confidential memos.

The strategies were among several pursued by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which has actively campaigned against same-sex marriage efforts.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage
March 27th, 2012
09:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Leno gets serious with Romney

Burbank, California (CNN) – What do you get when you pair Mitt Romney with a late-night comedian?

A pretty serious interview, as it turns out.
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Pro-Romney super PAC expands ad buys
March 27th, 2012
07:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Pro-Romney super PAC expands ad buys

Washington (CNN) - The super PAC backing Mitt Romney's presidential bid is laying down its marker in the five states holding primaries on April 24th.

Restore Our Future is so far only purchasing ad time on cable in Connecticut ($8,920), Delaware (2,040), New York ($137,726), Pennsylvania ($76,551) and Rhode Island ($13,615).
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads
Obama joins Pinterest
March 27th, 2012
06:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama joins Pinterest

(CNN) – Anyone lacking for photos of Bo, President Barack Obama's dog, is in luck: his reelection effort has joined Pinterest, and the first dog is among several canines pinned to their "Pet Lovers for Obama" section.

The Obama campaign's presence on this social networking and content sharing website attracted nearly 2,000 followers as of late Tuesday afternoon, the day the campaign announced their presence on the site. Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, joined the site in late February, and now has almost 5,000 followers.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
Fight over transportation bills threatens highway projects
March 27th, 2012
06:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Fight over transportation bills threatens highway projects

(CNN) - With just four days left before the federal money runs out for highway construction projects across the country, House Republicans abruptly postponed a vote on a two-month extension Tuesday, throwing into question how a standoff between Senate Democrats and House Republicans over the transportation bill will get resolved.

It was the second day in a row that House Republicans were forced to pull a temporary extension of the transportation program. A vote Monday on a three-month bill was canceled after House Democrats said they would oppose it and it became clear that the GOP didn't have the votes to get it through the House.

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CNN’s GUT CHECK for March 27, 2012
March 27th, 2012
05:36 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for March 27, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 27, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: THE LIVE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD … CNN’s Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin, on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court moments after the close of arguments, said the individual mandate is in grave danger: “This was a train wreck for the Obama administration. This law looks like it is going to be struck down. I am telling you, all of the predictions, including mine, that the justices would not have a problem with this law were wrong. Justice Kennedy, the swing vote, was enormously skeptical. Justice Alito, Justice Scalia, were constantly skeptical. Justice Thomas didn’t say anything, but we know his position on this issue. The only conservative justice who looked like he might uphold the law was Chief Justice Roberts, who asked hard questions of both sides.”

DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST JAMES CARVILLE ON CNN’S "SITUATION ROOM" MOMENTS AGO: “I honestly believe this. This is not spin. I think this will be the best thing that has ever happened to the Democratic party."

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Top 5 Key Supreme Court Soundbites
March 27th, 2012
05:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Top 5 Key Supreme Court Soundbites

Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court arguments Tuesday may be the most pivotal 120 minutes of judicial interaction in decades. (Nit-pickers: Bush v. Gore was 90 minutes.)

But not everyone has two hours to listen to the full audio. Thus, we've edited and compiled the top five exchanges that may give insight into how the justices see the case. Ordered by when they happened, not by importance.
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Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Supreme Court
March 27th, 2012
05:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Carville: A Supreme Court loss will help Democrats

(CNN) - While the Obama administration fights to protect the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Democratic strategist and CNN contributor James Carville said a Supreme Court overruling may not be such a bad thing for the president, politically.

"I think this will be the best thing that has ever happened to the Democratic Party," Carville said Tuesday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
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March 27th, 2012
05:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney challengers say they'll fight on

Washington (CNN) – With calls increasing for some or all of them to drop out, challengers to Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney say they intend to keep battling until the nomination gets settled.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday indicated that most Republicans would like to see former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul end their bids, but they also want conservative challenger Rick Santorum to stay in the race.

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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Health care • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
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