Washington (CNN) – Sens. Marco Rubio and Rob Portman, both considered top contenders to join Mitt Romney's presidential ticket, criticized President Barack Obama's economic vision - including his assertion that "the private sector is doing fine" - while introducing themselves to conservatives gathered here on Thursday.
"He needs to get out more," Portman quipped at the Faith and Freedom Conference.
Washington (CNN) – Facing a possible contempt vote by a House committee, Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday offered to release more records of a botched gun probe and proposed a quick face-to-face meeting with the committee's chairman.
In a two-page letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, Holder promised to provide documents he has so far refused to turn over, arguing they were outside the scope of the committee's investigation of the "Fast and Furious" firearms probe. The offer follows a decision by Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to narrow the committee's request to exclude sensitive law enforcement information relating to the investigation.
Cincinnati, Ohio (CNN) - With both 2012 presidential contenders in Ohio Thursday, Mitt Romney pre-empted President Barack Obama's Cleveland remarks with a simple warning: Talk is cheap.
"Now you may have heard that President Obama is on the other side of the state and he's going to be delivering a speech on the economy. He's doing that because he has not delivered a recovery for the economy," Romney said during a speech in Cincinnati. "But don't forget, he's been president for three and a half years. And talk is cheap. Action speaks very loud."
Washington (CNN) - Justice Anthony Kennedy has put on hold a lower court's ruling invalidating Arizona's voter identification law.
Kennedy, in a one-page order Thursday, told parties on both sides of the issue to file legal briefs by Wednesday. The high court would then presumably decide whether the requirements would remain in place temporarily.
Sudlersville, Maryland (CNN) - When the wind blows the wheat and the corn stalks glisten in the bright sun, it is easy to see why the Schmidt family has farmed Maryland fields for nearly a century.
Hans Schmidt is a third-generation farmer. Ever since he can remember, he has gotten cash payments from the federal government to help manage the risk of farming.
Washington (CNN) - Money in presidential and congressional campaigns has already reached record heights so far this election year, thanks in part to recent rulings by the Supreme Court and other federal judges that loosened long-standing restrictions on outside corporate spending.
But now the justices are poised to revisit one of the most controversial decisions in recent years, one that gave corporations expanded "free speech" power in independent federal election expenditures.
(CNN) – America's 41st president didn't hide anything during the taping of an upcoming documentary about his life and administration, the film's producer says.
"There were no areas that were off-limits," Jerry Weintraub said in an interview with CNN's Fredricka Whitfield. The film about George H.W. Bush, titled simply "41," will air on HBO Thursday evening at 9 p.m. ET. CNN, like HBO, is owned by Time Warner.
(CNN) - National Journal's Reid Wilson pokes fun at Donald Trump, whose recent appearances with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came under the shadow of the real estate mogul's "birther" comments.
"Happy birthday to Donald Trump, born 66 years ago today in Kenya or Indonesia or wherever," he tweets.
Watch CNN's Wolf Blitzer grill Trump on his continued emphasis on questioning President Obama's birthplace.
(CNN) – HBO issued an apology Wednesday after astute observers of the popular show "Game of Thrones" noticed a familiar silhouette on a decapitated head atop a spike.
A prop head of former President George W. Bush, wearing a long stringy wig and covered in mud, was one of several severed parts featured in the scene, which came in the final episode of the show's first season. The medieval series chronicles often-bloody struggles between families for control of the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
(CNN)- Mitt Romney's return to New Hampshire isn't going unnoticed by the super PAC supporting President Barack Obama, which will air a television spot in the state slamming the Republican presidential candidate for his tenure as a venture capitalist.
Priorities USA Action will air the spot Friday as Romney returns to New Hampshire to kick off his six-state, five-day bus tour. Romney's first stop will be at the farm in Stratham where he officially declared his presidential bid last June.