(CNN) - The Justice Department approved Arizona's recently redrawn congressional lines on Monday.
In a statement, the department's Civil Rights Division cleared the new map, saying it meets all requirements.
(CNN) - It's not the way most Americans spent Easter weekend, but then again, most Americans aren't Mitt Romney. And that's the potential problem that will be leveraged against him in the battle for the White House.
The former Massachusetts governor and likely Republican presidential nominee spent the past few days with his family at his beach house in expensive and exclusive La Jolla, California. That's the same three-bedroom home, purchased for $12 million four years ago, that has made headlines over the past couple of years after reports of plans for a major remodeling and expansion.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A new poll released Monday shows further evidence that Republicans have circled around Mitt Romney as their party's presumptive nominee.
Seventy-four percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters nationwide believe the former Massachusetts governor will definitely become the candidate to go head-to-head against President Barack Obama this fall, according to a new survey by The Pew Research Center.
Washington (CNN) - Another government official was placed on administrative leave Monday in the continuing fallout over wasteful spending involving a 2010 Las Vegas conference for government workers, the General Services Administration announced.
David Foley, a deputy commissioner of the Public Building Service in the GSA, was identified by a House oversight panel as the official seen in video footage from the conference appearing to make light of congressional oversight.FULL STORY
CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 9, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
DEVELOPING: North Korea's coming satellite launch and the possibility of a nuclear test would both be a "blatant violation" of North Korea's international obligations, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations told CNN's John King in an interview on Monday.
"We have taken the view that these are highly provocative steps," Ambassador Susan Rice said in the interview airing at 6 p.m. ET on CNN's "John King, USA." "They have nothing to gain and only further isolation to anticipate should they go ahead with this."
For more, check out CNN’s Security Clearance.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday stressed the importance of strong ties between their countries, despite Brazil's concerns about U.S. economic policies that it says can work against emerging economies.
In comments to reporters after a White House meeting, Obama and Rousseff highlighted the areas of cooperation on energy development, education and trade as the two leaders prepare to attend the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, beginning Friday.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - President Obama on Tuesday will continue to beat the drum for the Buffett Rule, his campaign-ready tax proposal aimed at millionaires and billionaires.
A central message of Obama's re-election campaign is his argument that the very rich should pay more in taxes.FULL STORY
(CNN) – She often makes the list of potential Republican vice presidential picks, but if asked to serve in the No. 2 spot, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said her answer would be "no."
The first term governor cited her developmentally disabled sister and commitment to New Mexico residents as reasons for her decision.
Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign said Monday it was pulling a television ad hitting rival Rick Santorum while Santorum tends to his young daughter Isabella, who was admitted to a hospital Friday.
The sharply negative ad, which was to begin airing in the April 24 primary battleground state of Pennsylvania, highlighted Santorum's 2006 reelection loss in the state.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Mitt Romney, making a post-Easter appearance on the radio show of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, said he was in touch with rival Newt Gingrich more often than Rick Santorum, despite Santorum's advantage in the delegate count.
Romney said he wasn't surprised by Gingrich's sentiment, expressed over the weekend on "Fox News Sunday," that the former Massachusetts governor had all but wrapped up the GOP presidential nomination.