(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden delivered a rousing address to the NAACP in Houston on Thursday, bolstering support for President Barack Obama and drawing sharp contrasts with the Republican Party on civil rights issues.
On the heels of recent voter identification disputes, Biden strayed from his typical campaign speech to zero in on voting rights, arguing that Republicans were making it more difficult for certain group to vote.FULL STORY
Washington, DC (CNN) - As one of a shrinking number of moderate Senate Republicans willing to vote across party lines, Susan Collins is accustomed to enormous attention being paid to many of the votes she casts. After all, her yeas or nays often determine whether key legislation lives or dies.
On Thursday, senators are expected to once again turn their attention to a vote by the junior senator from Maine. This time, though, it's not because the outcome of a bill is in question, but because Collins will cast her 5,000th consecutive vote, a streak she's kept alive since taking office in 1997.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Jesse Jackson Jr. grew up in his father's shadow, placing him on history's stage as the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. led civil rights campaigns, including Operation PUSH and the Rainbow Coalition.
Jackson was born in 1965, just months before President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which forced election changes that opened up the political process for African-Americans in the United States.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A top independent conservative group is going up with their second straight television commercial that slams President Barack Obama over the nation's unemployment rate.
The ad, by Crossroads GPS, is their second spot to run on TV since last Friday's release by the Labor Department of a disappointing June jobs report.
Washington (CNN) - Even in an election year, the current dysfunction in Washington reflects a worsening partisan divide that has created what amounts to parallel political universes seemingly unable to comprehend or deal with each other.
In one, President Barack Obama and Democrats battle Republican obstruction that they say stunts their plans for economic recovery and advancing equal opportunity for all Americans.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign released a new television ad Thursday, accusing President Barack Obama of spreading "dishonest attacks" about the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.
"When a president doesn't tell the truth, how can we trust him to lead?" the ad's male narrator says.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney have no public events on Thursday.
Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address at the NAACP convention in Houston on Thursday morning.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York will attend a Veterans for Romney Rally in Virginia Beach, Virginia on Thursday afternoon.
New York (CNNMoney) - Health care reform will help millions more Americans get insurance.
But experts say the Affordable Care Act itself won't stop the cost of health care from continuing to rise and consumers from paying bigger bills.FULL STORY
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CNN: Biden to speak to NAACP convention where Romney receives mixed reception
Vice President Joe Biden gives the keynote address at the NAACP convention in Houston on Thursday, a day after presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke there and as President Barack Obama takes a pass. It will be Biden's first time addressing the convention as vice president, the NAACP said.
CNN: Romney weighs in on releasing tax returns
Mitt Romney responded to recent Democratic-led attacks on his personal finances, suggesting Wednesday he had no intention of meeting their demand to release tax documents dating back prior to 2010. "The Democrats are always going to be critics. We have released all of the financial statements required by law and two years of tax returns," Romney said on Fox Business Network.