(CNN) – Richard Grenell, the former Mitt Romney spokesman who resigned after two weeks on the job, said in an op-ed published Wednesday that gay Republicans have an important role in the conservative political movement and should not stay silent.
"The claim that gays should be barred from conservative activism is not only bigoted but is a bipartisan view," Grenell, who served as the director of communications for the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations from 2001 to 2009, wrote in the Wall Street Journal. "The intolerant assault comes from the far right, who object to Republicans who are gay, and the far left, who object to gays being Republicans. When the extremists on both sides are the only ones speaking up, the majority suffers."
(CNN) - Piling on to the debate over Mitt Romney's private equity career, the president's former "car czar" Steve Rattner penned an op-ed Wednesday criticizing Romney's job creation claims.
"Adding jobs was never Mitt Romney's private sector agenda, and it's appropriate to question his ability to do so," Rattner wrote in the New York Times.
Washington (CNN) - Dark theories about President Barack Obama's citizenship show no signs of fading away.
But "birthers," as those skeptics of Obama's heritage are known, no longer seem relegated to tinfoil hat fringes of American politics.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - With less than two weeks left before the Wisconsin recall election, Republican Gov. Scott Walker is getting some more out-of-state help.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will campaign alongside Walker, who is facing Democrat Tom Barrett in the recall fight, on June 1, Haley's office told CNN.
(CNN) – The Republican Governors Association, which has been aggressively backing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in his upcoming recall election, said Wednesday they were launching their seventh television ad in the state, this time comparing the records of Walker and his Democratic rival, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
"Since Scott Walker became governor, Wisconsin has gained over 30,000 jobs. Fact," the ad asserts. "With Tom Barrett as mayor, Milwaukee unemployment has gone up 28%. Fact. Scott Walker balanced the budget without raising taxes. Fact. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has raised taxes in seven of his eight years in office. Fact. No opinions. Just the facts."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama faced unlikely challenges in two Southern state primaries Tuesday, though the results won't pose any threat to his status as the Democratic presidential nominee, and both states are expected to vote solidly Republican in November's general election.
In Arkansas, Obama won the Democratic presidential primary with 58% of the vote, facing a challenge from lawyer and perpetual presidential candidate John Wolfe. Wolfe had 42% of the vote on Wednesday morning, with 53 of 75 counties reporting results.
(CNN) - Nancy Reagan is recovering from a number of broken ribs sustained in a fall in March, a representative for the former first lady said.
Reagan, 90, was unable to attend a speech given Tuesday evening by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The jury in former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards' corruption trial enters its fourth day of deliberations Wednesday.
The eight-man, four-woman jury began weighing the former North Carolina senator's fate Friday after four weeks of testimony. On Monday afternoon, jurors asked to review exhibits related to two of the six counts against Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee. On Tuesday, they asked to see two more exhibits.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - Trillions in looming tax hikes and spending cuts. Washington saber-rattling over the debt ceiling. A slowdown in the world's second largest economy.
President Obama's re-election campaign may have to run through a number of potentially ugly economic events.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The Obama re-election campaign is putting in almost $150,000 for an additional buy of its two minute ad going after Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital, according to a Republican media buying source.
The ad, which is called "Steel," chronicles the buying of a Kansas City steel plant GST in 1993 by Bain Capital headed by Romney at the time. The steel mill later went bankrupt in 2001, and more than 750 people lost their jobs. Romney, however, had already left Bain by the timing of the closing.