(CNN) – Newt Gingrich, speaking outside an event raising money for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said the event's host, Donald Trump, was not distracting the Republican Party with his questions about the president's birth certificate.
"Gov. Romney's not distracted," Gingrich said in Las Vegas. "The Republican Party's not distracted. We believe that this is an American-born job-killing president. Other people may believe that he was born somewhere else and still kills jobs, but that's an argument over background."
(CNN) – Mitt Romney hit his party's "magic number" on Tuesday, unofficially clinching the Republican presidential nomination in a race he entered as the frontrunner and has had to himself for weeks.
Romney led the pack when he announced his second run for the White House last June, and he has watched his rivals for the nomination slowly trickle out as their own wins looked increasingly unlikely.
(CNN) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign raised $5 million in the last month, while his recall election challenger - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett - brought in $3.1 million, their campaigns said on Tuesday.
Just one week out from the election, Walker had $1.6 cash on hand and Barrett had nearly $1.5 available to spend in this campaign, which has so far attracted millions of dollars of outside spending.
Las Vegas (CNN) – Mitt Romney greeted a raucous crowd at a Las Vegas rally Tuesday - only one event in a day when Romney battled Donald Trump for control of the news cycle, met with one of Newt Gingrich's former top backers and was poised to secure the number of delegates necessary to clinch the GOP nomination.
Midway through his day Romney took the stage in the warehouse of a furniture company in Las Vegas. He opened his remarks with a dig at President Barack Obama over some controversial comments about the Sin City.
Las Vegas (CNN) - Mitt Romney met with Sheldon Adelson - a man who, for many months, helped keep Newt Gingrich's campaign afloat - in Las Vegas Tuesday, a campaign aide confirmed.
They convened at Adelson's office at the Venetian Hotel, where the executive offices of the Las Vegas Sands are located, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting. The meeting involved the two men and a small group of aides, and lasted more than 45 minutes.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 29, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING… Wolf Blitzer And Donald Trump In A Feisty Exchange On CNN’s “The Situation Room”:
On Trump’s Continuing to Question the President’s Birthplace
BLITZER: Donald, You're Beginning To Sound A Little Ridiculous, I Have To Tell You.
TRUMP: No, I Think You Are, Wolf.
On Conservative Columnist George Will’s Charge That There Is No Gain For Romney To Stand With Trump
TRUMP: I've responded to George Will. He's not someone that I've respected. I don't consider him a very smart person. He was at Mar-a-Lago and totally bombed in front of a lot of people. I don't respect George Will and he's someone that said recently that the Republicans will not win the election. I think it was a terrible statement. He's somewhat retracted that now, and I'm not a fan of George Will and I never have been, and I don't think he would like me because of his sorry performance at Mar-a-Lago.
(CNN) - Donald Trump did not back down Tuesday from his questioning of President Barack Obama's birthplace, instead arguing heatedly with CNN's Wolf Blitzer that "a lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate," though he declined to offer names of experts who agree with him.
The issue of Obama's birth - litigated in the 2008 presidential campaign, then settled when the Obama White House released the longform version of the certificate in April 2011 - is being brought to the fore in no small part by Trump, who is also set to fundraise alongside presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney Tuesday evening.
(CNN) - With the threat of a contempt charge hanging over Attorney General Eric Holder, 14 civil rights, labor, and liberal activist groups Tuesday urged Speaker of the House John Boehner not to proceed to a contempt vote.
The organizations, which are closely allied with the Obama administration, charged that to hold the attorney general in contempt for failing to turn over demanded documents on the "fast and furious" investigation "seems to be a rush to judgment intended to create a stain on the office of the attorney general."
Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney's presidential campaign bought one week's worth of TV ad time for $2 million Tuesday, marking its largest seven-day commercial time buy since it began its general election campaign, according to a Republican ad buying source.
The new buy will bring the total for general election advertising for the Romney campaign to $5.25 million.
(CNN) – After apologizing for questioning whether military casualties could be labeled heroes, the dust is still settling over an MSNBC host's comments that quickly set off a firestorm this Memorial Day weekend.
Chris Hayes, who hosts the Sunday program "UP with Chris Hayes," said in a long discussion on military service that he was "uncomfortable" with using the word "heroes" to describe those who die in combat.