Washington (CNN) - Government and politics teacher Dawn Quarles' voice goes tight with frustration when she thinks back to how trying to register her students to vote thrust her into the center of Florida's high profile and deeply partisan voting rights controversy.
"I never felt like the voting process was on my side... That's not the way it's supposed to be," said Quarles, a registered Republican who was slapped with a $1,000 fine when she ran afoul of a state law requiring a 48-hour deadline for third parties to turn in voter registration forms.
Washington (CNN) - It's been a tough couple of weeks for the Democratic Party, especially the results in last week's Wisconsin governor recall vote. So Tuesday night's victory in the special election in Arizona's 8th Congressional District couldn't have come at a better time.
For Democrats, "it's an oasis in the desert" says CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley.
(CNN)- Her husband joined Pinterest in March, and his rival's wife started 'pinning' in February. Now first lady Michelle Obama is diving into the latest social network with new, personal posts reflecting on life in the White House.
At mid-morning Wednesday, Michelle Obama's page had three categories: Around the White House, Great Memories, and Father's Day.
Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has made its biggest ad buy since the launch of its general election media campaign, buying $3.24 million worth of ads in seven battleground states, according to a GOP media buying source.
The new ad buy begins Wednesday and runs through next Tuesday.
Washington (CNN) - American Crossroads and its affiliated group Crossroads GPS are going up with television commercials in six more states with competitive Senate races.
The pro-Republican independent groups, co-founded by Karl Rove, last week went up with spots in three other states with crucial contests that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate next year. And Crossroads has already dished out big bucks over the past six weeks to put up television commercials in key battleground states that are critical of President Barack Obama.
(CNN) – Neither Mitt Romney nor President Barack Obama has an economic plan that's popular with independent voters, according to a national poll released Wednesday.
The Washington Post/ABC News survey indicated 54% of independents have an unfavorable view of Obama's plan for the economy, with 47% saying they view Romney's economic plan unfavorably. Thirty-eight percent viewed Obama's plan favorably, compared to 35% who felt the same about Romney's plan.
New York (CNNMoney) - Voters in North Dakota, where the economy is swelling with money from the oil boom, have voted against abolishing property taxes in the state.
More than 76% voted "no" in Tuesday's initiative to get rid of the property tax, according to returns from the North Dakota Secretary of State.
The CNN Security Clearance Blog on Wednesday celebrates one year of scoops and insight on national security and foreign affairs.
(CNN) - On the streets of Cairo, some Egyptians tell CNN they had high hopes when Barack Obama became U.S. president. Now there's bitter disappointment.
"We hoped for change after George Bush," one man says, "but, sorry, it's the same politics. It's not Obama's system per se, it's the system of the country."
Washington (CNNMoney) - The deadline for Congress to extend the low 3.2% interest rate on student loans is fast approaching. But the Obama administration, eager to make college debt a re-election issue, is looking for a way to lessen the burden on graduates.
Last week, the White House rolled out a plan to make it easier for graduates to enroll in a special program that caps loan repayment, based on income.
(CNN) - It's another busy day for the candidates and their campaigns Wednesday. Mitt Romney will address the Business Roundtable's quarterly meeting in Washington before heading to Cincinnati for a fund-raiser.
President Barack Obama will attend a campaign event in Washington later in the day.
See the full schedule after the jump.