Rep. Tim Johnson of Illinois will not seek re-election
April 4th, 2012
10:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Rep. Tim Johnson of Illinois will not seek re-election

(CNN) – Republican Rep. Tim Johnson of Illinois will not run for re-election, according to a Republican source with knowledge of the decision.

The six-term congressman, elected in 2000, represents the 15th Congressional District in the eastern part of the state, which covers Champaign-Urbana and includes parts of Normal and Bloomington.
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Filed under: 2012 • House • Illinois • Republicans
Santorum enjoys three strikes
April 4th, 2012
09:47 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum enjoys three strikes

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - In this contest, Rick Santorum enjoyed having three strikes against him.

With a trio of “X’s” next to his name, the Republican presidential candidate dominated a game of bowling against a small group of family and staffers Wednesday night in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
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Filed under: 2012 • Pennsylvania • Rick Santorum
Mississippi legislature tightens restrictions on abortion providers
April 4th, 2012
09:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Mississippi legislature tightens restrictions on abortion providers

(CNN) - Mississippi lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that would require any physician performing abortions in the state to be a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and to have admitting privileges at an area hospital.

The bill "should effectively close the only abortion clinic in Mississippi," said Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in a statement. "This is a strong bill that will effectively end abortion in Mississippi." If the state's only abortion facility, Jackson Women's Health Organization, closes, Mississippi women seeking abortions would have to leave the state.

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Filed under: Abortion • Mississippi
George McGovern hospitalized in Florida
April 4th, 2012
09:00 PM ET
2 years ago

George McGovern hospitalized in Florida

(CNN) - Former Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern, 89, was admitted to a Florida hospital on Tuesday, CNN has confirmed.

The liberal icon is being evaluated for "brief transient spells where he passes out and becomes verbally unresponsive," his family said in a statement.

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Filed under: Democrats • Florida • George McGovern
April 4th, 2012
08:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum adviser: Pennsylvania is 'critical'

(CNN) - A top adviser to Rick Santorum said the candidate needs to win his home state of Pennsylvania later this month to push forward with his presidential campaign.

“We need Pennsylvania. We believe it is critical for us, there's no doubt about it. It is our home state,” John Brabender said Wednesday on CNN’s “John King, USA.”


Filed under: 2012 • Pennsylvania • Rick Santorum • TV-John King U.S.A.
Romney makes general election pitch in Pennsylvania, but can't ignore Santorum
April 4th, 2012
07:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney makes general election pitch in Pennsylvania, but can't ignore Santorum

Broomall, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Mitt Romney set foot in Pennsylvania on Wednesday in full general election mode, attacking President Barack Obama’s “government-centered” view of America and promising to restore “freedom” to the middle class.

“Please help me defeat Barack Obama next November,” he asked an energetic crowd in Broomall, a suburb of vote-rich Philadelphia. “We just got to get him out of office. He just doesn’t understand what’s happening to the country.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania • Rick Santorum
Obama: How we could get to 6% unemployment rate
April 4th, 2012
07:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama: How we could get to 6% unemployment rate

New York (CNNMoney) – Obama: How we could get to 6% unemployment rate

The construction industry and state and local governments are among the biggest drags on the nation's economic recovery, President Obama said Wednesday.

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Filed under: 2012 • CNNMoney.com • President Obama • unemployment
April 4th, 2012
07:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney pivots toward general election

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney changes gears from focusing on his GOP rivals to the president and the general election, CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • The Situation Room
April 4th, 2012
05:12 PM ET
2 years ago

RNC chairman weighs in on Santorum's chances

(CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said he expects Pennsylvania's primary later this month to be "extremely important," especially for Rick Santorum, a former two-term senator from the state.

"I think these candidates, for whatever it's worth, have set up a narrative that if you can't win your home state, that spells a pretty big problem," Priebus said on CNN's "The Situation Room."


Filed under: Rick Santorum • RNC
CNN’s GUT CHECK for April 4, 2012
April 4th, 2012
04:58 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for April 4, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 4, 2012| 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUST IN: Army criminal investigators have completed their first visit to the two villages where Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is alleged to have killed 17 Afghan civilians, CNN’s Barbara Starr reports.

DEVELOPING: CNN has obtained the newest satellite image of North Korea’s rocket launch preparations. CNN’s Adam Levine reports about the "specific activity" on the pad, as well as at the rocket checkout assembly facility.

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