(CNN) - One senator who has survived the vice presidential vetting process described it this way: Like having a colonoscopy without anesthesia.
The probing, highly personal examination that a presidential candidate uses to pick a running mate is uniquely American. Yet it is entirely shielded from public view: Those who submit themselves to it must bow to a secret, often uncomfortable "deep dive" for information by a small, exclusive tribunal of lawyers and accountants trying to wrest any skeletons out of a candidate's closet.FULL STORY
(CNN) - After two public events in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Mitt Romney heads to Salt Lake City to meet with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is currently engaged in a bitter primary battle for his U.S. Senate seat. Romney will also attend a private fund-raiser.
See the full schedule after the jump.
Rosemont, Illinois (CNN) - Conservative leaders and grassroots activists, emboldened after a major victory in Wisconsin, will gather near Chicago on Friday with one main goal: plot more political wins in the Midwest.
Still celebrating Gov. Scott Walker's recall survival three days ago, conservative leaders and grassroots activists will attend the one-day Conservative Political Action Conference in Rosemont.
The location is noteworthy.
(CNN) - A new poll released Friday gives insight on American attitudes toward two major cases the Supreme Court could rule on as early as Monday, one involving health care reform and the other on Arizona’s controversial immigration law.
On health care, a majority continue to oppose the sweeping reform measure, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, which was passed by Congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010.
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CNN: Congressional leaders call for halt to 'cascade of leaks'
Congressional leaders agreed Thursday on the need for a full investigation of what one called a recent "cascade" of leaked classified information but differed on exactly how the inquiry should be conducted. After meeting with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the top Democrats and Republicans on the intelligence committees of the House and Senate pledged a bipartisan effort to halt the leaks now and pass legislative changes to prevent future leaks.
CNN: Holder rejects GOP assertions on Fast and Furious at House hearing
Attorney General Eric Holder withstood a four-hour grilling Thursday dominated by Republican House members seeking to lay blame on Holder for a botched gun-smuggling sting operation. But in his seventh congressional hearing on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Operation Fast and Furious, Holder left largely unscathed after standing by previous claims he knew nothing about the flawed tactics until early last year.