Washington (CNN) – Less than a week after President Barack Obama made history by endorsing same-sex marriage, the president would not commit to fighting to have the Defense of Marriage Act, commonly known as DOMA, be repealed.
In an interview on ABC's "The View," Obama reiterated his administration's decision to stop defending the law in the courts.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Mitt Romney's support among registered voters who are women has grown and is slightly above President Barack Obama's, according to a poll released Monday.
The CBS News/New York Times poll shows Obama's support among female voters dropping five points over the last two months, from 49% to 44%. Romney is up 3 from 43% to 46% within that coveted demographic, according to the survey. The margin is still within the survey's sampling error, however.
Washington (CNN) - The Obama re-election campaign so far has bought about $64,000 worth of ad time in five key battleground states to air a new two-minute advertisement attacking Bain Capital and Mitt Romney’s record heading the private equity firm, according to a Republican source who tracks ad buys.
The source said the buy information is preliminary because more details about the buy in additional media markets is still coming in, but it is clear that the campaign is not spending very much on this ad, and is instead hoping to garner tons of free news media attention from it. The campaign held a conference call Monday morning after announcing the ad.
Washington (CNN) – Just as it confronts fallout with some religious communities over President Barack Obama’s newly expressed support for same-sex marriage, the Obama re-election campaign is hiring a religious outreach director, an activist close to the campaign said Monday.
Michael Wear, who currently serves as executive assistant to the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will join the Obama campaign in Chicago as Faith Vote Director, according to James Salt, a Catholic activist who is close to the Obama campaign and White House.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Even as his campaign portrays him as a champion of the middle class and a crusader to keep Wall Street from melting down as it did three years ago, President Barack Obama was set to leave New York Monday with a sizable haul of cash from industries whose excesses he decries from the stump.
After other stops in Manhattan, the president was to attend a private dinner hosted by Tony James of the Blackstone Group, an alternative asset management and financial services company. Tickets for the event cost $35,800.FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Barack Obama touched on his recent announcement of support for same-sex marriage, saying at a New York City fundraising event Monday that he believes marriage equality "strengthens families."
"I want everyone treated fairly in this country. We have never gone wrong when we've extended rights and responsibilities to everybody," he said, drawing big applause. "That doesn't weaken families, that strengthens families."FULL STORY
Greensboro, North Carolina (CNN) - After weeks of hearing from prosecutors, jurors in the corruption trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards heard Monday from his defense team, which opened its case with testimony from a former financial officer.
Edwards, who faces six felony counts, is accused of conspiracy, making false statements and violating campaign contribution laws. He has pleaded not guilty.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Jay-Z may not be "a huge fan of the [political] system," but the rapper remains a firm supporter of President Barack Obama.
The rapper said Monday in an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow he knows little of GOP contender Mitt Romney, and considers Obama's announcement of support for states legalizing same-sex marriages to be a political plus.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 14, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
DEVELOPING… ANDERSON COOPER ON THE SYRIAN BORDER: “You know, it’s one thing to report on it from a distance. It’s another thing to meet people in their tent homes and hear their stories, hear the atrocities they have witnessed, to learn about the loved ones they have lost. You go to these refugee camps and Wolf, as you know, there’s some 23,000 Syrians living in refugee camps along the Turkish border. There’s more in Lebanon. There’s more in Iraq and the entire region, about 70,000 in total. But I haven’t met anybody who has not lost a loved one. It’s a question of how many people have you lost?
(CNN) – A well-known, openly gay supporter of Mitt Romney in New York has decided to withdraw his support for Romney and back President Barack Obama instead.
The clincher: Romney's stance on same-sex marriage.