(CNN) – It's a match made in political heaven – evangelical Christians and the Tea Party. Starting in 2010, the two huge conservative flanks started coming together, forming what Christian Broadcasting Network Chief Political correspondent David Brody calls the "Teavangelical" movement.
Sure, the Tea Party was supposed to be all about money matters, its name an acronym for "taxed enough already." The conventional wisdom was that the group didn't care much about social issues like gay marriage and abortion – those were the province of evangelicals.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is lambasting Republican Sen. Rand Paul for injecting a last-minute debate over abortion into a bipartisan attempt to pass flood insurance legislation.
"After all the work that's been put on this bill, this is ridiculous that somebody said 'I'm not going to let this bill go forward unless I have a vote on when life begins.'" Reid said Tuesday on the Senate floor.
Dubuque, Iowa (CNN) – Less than 24 hours before the U.S. Supreme Court hands down its most closely watched decision in years, Vice President Joe Biden offered a grim projection of Mitt Romney's choices to fill vacancies on the bench.
"Close your eyes and picture what the Supreme Court would look like four years from now under Romney," Biden said to groans from a crowd of supporters at a rally in Dubuque. "Tell me what you think would happen to women's rights in this country, civil rights."
Washington (CNN) - House Republican leaders know that immediately after the Supreme Court rules on the health care law Thursday, they'll need to answer questions about what happens next on Capitol Hill - and they're ready.
At Wednesday's weekly meeting with rank-and-file members, House Speaker John Boehner announced that he and GOP Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, have designated two top House Republicans to lead a rapid-response team, according to two GOP sources familiar with the discussion.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, an early and ardent backer of Mitt Romney, defended the presumptive GOP nominee against accusations his foreign policy is backwards looking Wednesday, saying critics who label his views reminiscent of the Cold War were wrong.
"I've spent a lot if time with Gov. Romney. I think that he has a strong understanding of foreign policy, and he does not have a Cold War view toward Russia," Ayotte said after delivering a keynote address to a conference examining democracy in Russia.
(CNN) - Jim Bridenstine won the Republican primary for Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District on Tuesday, defeating five-term incumbent John Sullivan by seven percentage points.
Bridenstine won 53% of the vote to Sullivan's 46%, according to unofficial numbers from the state election board, despite the incumbent outraising him four-fold.
(CNN) – Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the committee charged with getting Democrats elected to the House, is discouraging candidates up for re-election from attending the Democratic National Committee in September.
"If they want to win an election, they need to be in their districts," Israel, who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said at a Reuters event in Washington on Tuesday, according to the news outlet.
(CNN) – Rep. Bob Turner conceded defeat to Manhattan attorney Wendy Long in New York's Republican Senate primary on Tuesday.
Despite being notably out-spent by Turner and fellow contender Bob Maragos, Long captured the nomination and will face incumbent Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand this November.
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. House will proceed with a vote Thursday on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding documents involving the failed Fast and Furious weapons crackdown, Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday.
"We're going to proceed," Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters. "We've given them ample opportunity to reply."FULL STORY