(CNN) – It's a weekend when Washington, for the most part, puts politics on the back burner in favor of laughs at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner.
But House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan had his elbows out for President Barack Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate, using the GOP weekly address to criticize both for inaction on a federal budget.
(CNN) – Sen. John McCain on Friday evening sharply rebuked a web video produced by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign that questioned whether presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would have ordered the raid that culminated in the killing of terrorism mastermind Osama bin Laden.
"Shame on Barack Obama for diminishing the memory of September 11th and the killing of Osama bin Laden by turning it into a cheap political attack ad," McCain said in a statement distributed by the Republican National Committee.
Washington (CNN) - Few freshmen congressmen have found themselves in the glare of the spotlight as often as Florida Rep. Allen West.
Known for his outspokenness, West rarely backs down from a political fight. Some say he picks them.FULL STORY
Westerville, Ohio (CNN) - Mitt Romney expanded on his business career and tamped down on the harsh tenor of his recent attacks on President Barack Obama in a speech Friday in the battleground state of Ohio.
Amid calls from some in his party for a more positive message, the presumptive GOP nominee offered an audience at Otterbein University a vision of a conscientious businessman who could deliver results over rhetoric - an oblique reference to his Democratic rival.
Washington (CNN) - While loud and raucous rallies are still a part of the tea party toolbox, the movement, which came to life over dissatisfaction with big government and anger over government bailouts and President Barack Obama's health care reform, is evolving.
"After the 2010 elections, what was interesting, we moved to what I call Tea Party 2.0," said Clyde Fabretti, a conservative activist affiliated with tea party groups in Florida such as the West Orlando Tea Party and the Central Florida Tea Party Council. "2.0 allows for ... our ability to accomplish legislative initiatives, supporting various tea party candidates that adhere to the principles and values. And we have been hugely active."FULL STORY
(CNN) - The White House has ignored a deadline to provide answers to a senior Senate Republican about the Secret Service prostitution scandal, an aide to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Friday.
Grassley wants details about an internal administration investigation into any possible role that White House advance staff members may have had in the incident.FULL STORY
CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 27, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
JUST IN: In an exclusive interview with Candy Crowley, Speaker Boehner says Rubio makes the cut (Daniels & Portman do too):
CROWLEY: And if you had to say ‘Look, my number one, what I would look for in a VP…’ if I were Mitt Romney, what is that quality?
BOEHNER: I think the number one quality is, are they capable of being president in the case of an emergency?
CROWLEY: Does that fit someone like, say, Marco Rubio, who is the new kind of rising star…
BOEHNER: Fits a lot of people.
CROWLEY: Does it fit him?
BOEHNER: Fits Marco. It fits Sen. Portman, Gov. Daniels. I could go down a long list of people.
Full interview airs on CNN’s “State of the Union” at 9am/12 pm ET.
(CNN) – They served on the same Republican presidential ticket in 2008, but they're divided over who to support in the 2012 Indiana Senate race.
Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and his former vice presidential running mate former Gov. Sarah Palin picked their candidates in the state's Republican primary on Friday with McCain backing fellow incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar and Palin supporting Lugar challenger and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
Greensboro, North Carolina (CNN) - A former campaign aide for John Edwards said in court Friday that he had been intimidated in his dealings with the former senator and two high-priced donors.
"I was scared for my life," Andrew Young testified in U.S. District Court in Greensboro, North Carolina. "I was up against two billionaires and a millionaire. I was scared. It was bizarre."FULL STORY
(CNN) – Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's campaign released the last four years of her tax returns Friday, reporting income that peaked at nearly $981,000 in 2009.
Warren, the former consumer protection advocate and Harvard professor, and her husband, Bruce Mann, reported earning $831,021 in 2008, $980,670 in 2009, $954,721 in 2010 and $616,181 in 2011.