(CNN) – On the eve of the Arizona special election to replace Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Democratic candidate Ron Barber reaffirmed his support for President Barack Obama on Monday, despite distancing himself from the president throughout much of the campaign.
"When it comes to the November election, I will support the president. I will vote for him, because quite clearly his policies will benefit the middle class much more than his opponent’s," Barber said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."
(CNN) – U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, under investigation for possible felony hit-and-run after allegedly causing two weekend car accidents in California, will take a medical leave of absence "as he undergoes tests and evaluations," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday night.
A Commerce Department spokeswoman said earlier Monday that Bryson, 68, had suffered a seizure when the two accidents occurred Saturday.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney on Monday said he hopes the Supreme Court does the "right thing" and overturns President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform.
"Gosh I hope they do the right thing and turn this thing down," Romney told donors in Atlanta, according to pool reports. "And say it's unconstitutional because it is."
(CNN) - Former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich pushed back against comments made by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Monday, in which Bush argued Ronald Reagan would struggle to fit in with what he described as today's partisan-charged Republican Party.
"I'm not sure what Jeb's referring to," Gingrich said on CNN's "John King, USA." "We just had a pretty grueling campaign, which had a fair amount of disagreement, a pretty wide range of views from Ron Paul to say Tim Pawlenty."
Washington (CNN) – The Senate Monday voted narrowly to end a filibuster of President Barack Obama's pick for the California-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a key Republican argued the judge was too sympathetic to criminal defendants and, based on his writings about Roe v. Wade, might be a judicial activist.
By a vote of 60 to 31, the Senate got the minimum number of votes needed to move forward on the nomination of Andrew Hurwitz, a justice currently serving on the Supreme Court of Arizona.FULL STORY
(CNN) - In the latest volley in the ongoing battle over Florida voter lists, the Justice Department has sent a letter stating it will take legal action against the state, citing violations of voting rights laws.
"Because the State has indicated its unwillingness to comply with these requirements, I have authorized the initiation of an enforcement action against Florida in federal court," said Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez.
(CNN) – A surrogate for Mitt Romney's campaign said Monday the presumptive GOP nominee was taken out of context when he argued against the idea of hiring more fire fighters, police and teachers on the taxpayer dime.
"Look at the remarks that Mitt made Friday. They, from what I understand, have been taken out of context," former Florida House Speaker Allan Bense said on a conference call organized by the Romney campaign.
Washington (CNN) – A week after Mitt Romney pulled out of the Republican presidential race in February 2008, he stood next to John McCain, with the national press corps capturing the moment, and said: "I'm officially endorsing his candidacy."
In April 2008, about seven weeks after Mike Huckabee ended his run for the Republican presidential nomination, he and McCain campaigned together. Huckabee was quoted as saying: "The main thing is getting Senator McCain elected."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 11, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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DEVELOPING… GROWING CONCERNS OVER THE COMMERCE SECRETARY. CNN’s Brianna Keilar reports that Secretary John Bryson is back at work today in Washington with no public events scheduled after allegedly causing two weekend car accidents in California. After the accidents, Bryson was taken to the hospital and remained overnight for testing and observation in California. He was released and flew back to Washington on Sunday night. He remains in touch with his doctors who are monitoring his progress. His office stated he had a seizure but could not confirm the timing of his seizure, saying that Bryson had never had a seizure before. “We cannot confirm the exact timing of the seizure, the cause of the seizure or the sequence of events. The Secretary was driving alone and at this point he has a limited recall of the events.”
(CNN) – Former rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich will appear together at a fund-raiser in Georgia Monday, a campaign aide to the former House speaker confirmed.
R.C. Hammond said the event, slated to take place in Marietta, will also include a number of Georgia officials who supported Gingrich during the GOP primary.
Gingrich and Romney last appeared together at a fund-raiser in Las Vegas, an event which also included celebrity businessman Donald Trump. The former House speaker dropped his bid for the White House at the end of April.
CNN's Natalie Apsell contributed to this report.