(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden took a sledgehammer to Mitt Romney's position on government spending on Tuesday, accusing the GOP of launching an all-out front against public sector employees.
"You guys are under full blown assault. This is the greatest assault on the working class people and their unions that I've seen in my lifetime," Biden said at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) convention in Los Angeles
(CNN) – Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts declined an invitation from the Edward M. Kennedy Institute to debate his rival, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, citing Vicki Kennedy's plan to endorse Warren.
"We respect Vicki Kennedy's decision but we regret that we cannot accept a debate invitation from someone who plans to endorse Scott Brown's opponent," Brown's campaign manager Jim Barnett said in a statement Tuesday. "The Kennedy Institute cannot hold itself out as a nonpartisan debate sponsor while the president of its board of trustees gets involved in the race on behalf of one of the candidates."
Washington (CNN) – Caught off guard by the Obama administration's shift in immigration policy last week, Republicans on Tuesday refined their response in an effort to lessen any political bounce for the president at what had been a tough time in his campaign.
Certain GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney led the Republican counterattack, accusing President Barack Obama of undermining the possibility of long-term immigration reform by taking the partial step of halting deportations of some young illegal immigrants who came to America as children.
Washington (CNN) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will meet with the House Oversight Committee chairman Tuesday afternoon about turning over documents that might postpone a contempt vote against the nation's top prosecutor.
Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, will meet to discuss Issa's demand for more documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious, a botched federal firearms sting operation that allowed weapons to reach Mexican drug gangs.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney on Tuesday addressed a recent news report that Sen. Marco Rubio is not being vetted to serve as Romney's No. 2, saying only he and the woman tapped to lead the search know "who is being vetted."
"I get a kick out of some of the speculation that goes on," Romney said on Fox News. "I'm not going to comment on the process of course, but I can tell you this: only Beth Myers and I know who is being vetted."
(CNN) – Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Tuesday he would not call off the dogs in what's become a war of heckling on the campaign trail between his team and that of President Barack Obama.
Asked in a radio interview if he would condemn the practice, the former Massachusetts governor said "it would be a nice thing" for it to end but argued Obama's supporters would also have to stand down.
(CNN) – Ron Barber became Democratic Rep. Barber of Arizona when he was sworn in Tuesday after winning the special election to fill the seat formerly held by Rep. Gabby Giffords.
Barber, a former Giffords aide, beat Republican Jesse Kelly, an Iraq war veteran, in last week's election and was administered the oath of office by House Speaker John Boehner on the House floor.
Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee is brushing off a lawsuit against the party by Ron Paul supporters as "frivolous" but it is nonetheless coordinating a "joint defense" effort to fight the legal challenge, according to an internal RNC memorandum obtained by CNN Tuesday.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in California last Tuesday by over 100 self-described delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, alleges that the RNC and its chairman, Reince Priebus, quietly and improperly aided Mitt Romney throughout the GOP nomination fight.
(CNN) - The official committees tasked with electing Democrats to the U.S. House narrowly outraised the Republican effort, $6.68 million to $6 million, in May, numbers disclosed by the committees on Tuesday showed.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said their May haul means they have $27.5 million in the bank for the fall election, and said their total fund-raising this cycle is $96.75 million.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that President Obama's new policy temporarily preventing deportation of certain young, illegal immigrants announced last week "puts everyone in a difficult position."
"I think we all have concerns for those who are caught in this trap through no fault of their own and are here," Boehner said in his first public reaction to the policy announced Friday.