CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 1, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, landing at the Bagram Air Base on board a darkened Air Force One. Obama traveled to Kabul to meet with Afghan president Hamid Karzai and sign a new Strategic Partnership Agreement. The president will speak to the American -people in a live televised address from Afghanistan on CNN at 7:30pm ET.
FAST FACTS: There are 88,000 US troops in Afghanistan currently.
VIDEO of President Obama’s arrival in the dark of night in Afghanistan.
Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney will visit the Republican National Committee headquarters Wednesday, a source close to the Romney campaign confirms to CNN.
According to the source, the visit by the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is to highlight what is seen as an orderly increase in coordination by the party committee and Romney's campaign, which is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.
(CNN) - Speaking at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama thanked troops for their service and said America is safe because of their sacrifice.
"I could not be prouder of you," Obama said. "There's a light on the horizon because of the sacrifices you've made."
(CNN) - To call Mia Love a minority is an understatement. She’s a black woman who won an upset primary race to become the Republican candidate in Utah’s 4th Congressional District. If elected, she’d be the first black Republican congresswoman in the House of Representatives.
Love, who has attracted lots of national Republican support, also stands out because of her religion: She’s a Mormon. The politician is a poster child for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ campaign to present a more diverse face to a historically very white church.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Richard Grenell, who joined Mitt Romney's team as a foreign policy adviser less than two weeks ago, has left the campaign, a spokesman for the likely Republican presidential nominee confirmed Tuesday.
"We are disappointed that Ric decided to resign from the campaign for his own personal reasons," campaign manager Matt Rhoades said in a statement. "We wanted him to stay because he had superior qualifications for the position he was hired to fill."
Washington (CNN) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican and potential running mate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's decision to pursue and kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan was "gutsy."
"It was a good moment for America," McDonnell said in a phone interview with CNN. "It was a good moment for President Obama, mainly because of the incredible bravery of the men and women in uniform. And that's been one of the areas that this president has done okay. Those were some gutsy decisions that he made to take out bin Laden and some other terrorists."
Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain, who earlier this week leveled harsh criticism at President Barack Obama for what he said was the politicization of the killing of Osama bin Laden, said Tuesday he did not believe the president's trip to Afghanistan was a political move.
"Well I think it's a good thing," McCain said when asked about the president's surprise trip to Afghanistan. "I think it's always good when the president goes to where our young men and women are in harm's way and I think that many of us who have been involved in Afghanistan are very involved in the strategic partnership agreement, which I'm sure he will be talking about, and we think that the agreement is good and we obviously would like to know the details."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement that outlines cooperation between their countries after the withdrawal of U.S.-led international forces in 2014.
Washington (CNN) – The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee has been cleared of allegations that he used his position to engage in insider trading and improperly profit from the 2008 market meltdown.
The Office of Congressional Ethics unanimously dismissed all of the potential charges against 10-term Alabama GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus, according to a statement released late Monday by the congressman's office.FULL STORY
Greensboro, North Carolina (CNN) – The wife of a former top aide to former presidential candidate John Edwards defended Tuesday her husband's motivations for writing a tell-all book about him.
"The only reason for my husband to write a book is because Mr. Edwards did not come forward and tell the truth," Cheri Young testified during Edwards' federal corruption trial.FULL STORY