(CNN) - In a move sure to please the political left, President Obama on Monday re-nominated a New York lawyer to a prestigious seat on a federal appeals court, assuring an election-year fight with Republicans over judges.
Caitlin Halligan was one of two nominees named by the president to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, seen by many as a professional stepping stone to the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Clarence Thomas also served on that court prior to their appointment to their current jobs. Halligan is currently general counsel for the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan, New York
Tucson, Arizona (CNN) – Voters in Arizona's 8th Congressional District will decide Tuesday who will serve out the remainder of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' term in a race seen by politicos as a test for the fall and by observers as taking the temperature of the nation's political discourse.
On one side is Giffords' aide Ron Barber, who was wounded in the 2011 shooting that critically injured Giffords and killed six other people. His opponent is Republican Jesse Kelly, a former Marine and Iraq war veteran who ran a tea party-fueled campaign against Giffords in 2010 that came up 4,000 votes short.
(CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who ran as a tea party favorite in her Republican presidential bid this cycle, posed outside her House office Monday with a flag widely known as a symbol for the tea party movement.
The flag stands in the spot traditionally reserved for state and U.S. flags.
Boston (CNN) - The man in charge of Mitt Romney's presidential transition team was spotted leaving campaign headquarters shortly after the presumptive GOP nominee spent hours there Monday morning.
It was announced just a week ago that former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt would be in charge of Romney's transition team should he win November's general election.
Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will address an annual Faith & Freedom Conference via video conference instead of in person Saturday, the group confirmed to CNN.
Romney was originally scheduled to attend the Faith & Freedom Conference & Strategy Briefing in Washington, DC, but the event conflicts with his multi-state bus tour slated to begin on Friday in New Hampshire.
(CNN) - Commerce Secretary John Bryson has "health-related issues that played a role" in a weekend incident in which Bryson was found unconscious in his car after being allegedly involved in two traffic accidents, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.
Carney provided no further details, noting the Commerce Department issued a statement that said Bryson suffered a seizure.
(CNN) - American Crossroads, the conservative super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, apologized on Twitter Monday after using the social messaging site to suggest Commerce Secretary John Bryson was intoxicated when he was involved in a weekend traffic accident outside Los Angeles.
A Commerce Department spokeswoman said Monday Bryson had suffered a seizure.
Washington (CNN) – A House committee announced Monday it will consider a measure next week to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to provide requested information on the department's handling of the "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling sting operation.
The House Oversight Committee will consider the contempt citation on June 20, said a statement by the panel. A vote by the panel could occur that day, and the measure would then require approval from the full chamber.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney's campaign said Monday the candidate would embark on a bus tour in June, beginning in the state where he announced his presidential campaign.
Romney will begin the tour on June 15 in New Hampshire, and travel to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. In total the bus tour will last five days.
(CNN) – One of the GOP's leading voices said Monday that former President Ronald Reagan, considered an idol among Republican politicians, would struggle to mesh with today's hyper-partisan attitude among some elected officials.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, speaking to editors at Bloomberg, also said his father, former President George H.W. Bush, would have trouble fitting in with today's Republican Party.