(CNN) - The Republicans seeking to oust Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida have more company in their race: former Florida Rep. Dave Weldon.
Weldon - who represented the state's space coast until 2008, when he left Congress and returned to practicing medicine - announced Friday he's joining the field of Republicans seeking to unseat Nelson, the state's senior and two-term senator. He is also Florida's only Democrat in statewide office.
Washington (CNN) - The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Friday passed a nearly $643 billion military spending bill - a measure at odds with prior defense spending agreements and President Barack Obama's Pentagon plans.
The measure passed in a 299-120 vote. An overwhelming majority of Republicans backed the measure, while the bulk of Democrats opposed it.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney will address a gathering of Latino small business owners next week, furthering his bid to attract voters in a bloc that will prove essential to winning the White House in November.
Romney will speak at the Latino Coalition's Annual Economic Summit in Washington, the group said Friday. Romney's campaign also confirmed the likely GOP nominee would appear at the event.
(CNN) – At Georgia's GOP convention this weekend, Newt Gingrich will begin boosting support for Mitt Romney, the same man the former House speaker vehemently campaigned against just months ago.
While Romney won't share the stage with Gingrich this time around, the two are scheduled to campaign together later this month in Las Vegas, a Romney campaign aide confirmed.
Raleigh, North Carolina (CNN) - The state Democratic Party here is consumed with an ongoing sex scandal. The embattled governor is so unpopular she decided not to run for a second term. And supporters of same-sex marriage were dealt a crushing defeat at the ballot box last week.
But the biggest challenge in North Carolina this year for President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats can be boiled down to something simpler: math.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election team came out Friday with a new TV commercial that touts what the campaign calls the president's "commitment to keeping college affordable and attainable for all Americans."
The ad starts with pictures of a young Obama with his mother, Ann Dunham, with the narrator saying "his mother got him up before dawn to do school work. She knew what it meant for his future. With hard work and student aid, his life was transformed."
(CNN) – On Monday, President Barack Obama's re-election team revived criticism of Mitt Romney's tenure as a private equity executive. On Friday, the attack continued with a web video collecting news coverage of the story – omitting reporting on questions about the strategy's effectiveness.
In the video released Friday, the Democratic National Committee spliced together clips of television newscasts reporting on the Bain story, including interviews with top members of Obama's re-election team questioning Romney's claim that he created 100,000 jobs while he was chief executive of Bain Capital in the 1990s.
(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will be the first top name Republican to team up in person with Richard Mourdock, the two-term Indiana state treasurer who soundly defeated longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in last week's GOP Senate primary.
A Rubio aide confirmed to CNN that the first term senator, who's popular with Republican and conservative voters, will headline a fundraiser for Mourdock on June 4 in Carmel, Indiana.
Washington (CNN) – In the latest round of culture wars over contraception and religious liberty, most Americans would probably identify places like the White House and Congress as key battlefields. But another nearby locale has emerged as a national platform for such skirmishes: the stately campus of Georgetown University, the country's oldest Roman Catholic college.
On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic, will speak at a relatively low-profile graduation ceremony for one of Georgetown's individual schools, an appearance that has attracted criticism from the Catholic archdiocese of Washington.
Washington (CNN) – If the political calendar feels a little like January to you, you're not alone.
On the heels of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's trip to Hillsborough, New Hampshire, Friday, an Obama campaign official says Vice President Joe Biden will visit the state next week.