New Mexico Senate race heats up
(L) Rep. Martin Heinrich (R) Former Rep. Heather Wilson
July 18th, 2012
04:07 PM ET
2 years ago

New Mexico Senate race heats up

(CNN) – Former Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico sought to draw a sharp contrast Wednesday with her Democratic opponent in the state's heated U.S. Senate race, painting her opponent, Rep. Martin Heinrich, as a politician too eager to expand the scope of government.

"He believes in high taxes and more debt and big government, and that's just not who I am," Wilson told reporters at a meeting hosted by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Senate's GOP campaign arm.
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Filed under: 2012 • New Mexico • Senate
Outside political donors still shrouded in smoke
July 18th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Outside political donors still shrouded in smoke

Washington (CNN) – Depending on whom you ask, either Democratic efforts to force big-dollar donors out of the shadows are a smokescreen that hides union clout, or Republicans opposing the efforts are just blowing smoke in an attempt to ensure well-heeled donors stay anonymous.

"Right around an election, when the campaigns start rolling in the money, we're going to hear about disclosure from whichever side is getting less," said Lisa Rosenberg, a government affairs consultant who lobbies for financial transparency for the Sunlight Foundation. "Whichever party is feeling beaten up is going to say, 'We need to fix it.'"

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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising
Romney says no VP choice yet
July 18th, 2012
03:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney says no VP choice yet

(CNN) – Mitt Romney has not yet decided on his running mate, he told a crowd at a campaign town hall in Ohio Wednesday.

"I can assure you that even though I have not chosen the person who will be my vice president, that person will be a conservative, they will believe in conservative principles," Romney said in Bowling Green after being told by a questioner he needed to keep "an ear to the tea party" when making important decisions.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney
First on CNN: Tea party plans bus tour to help Romney, Republicans
July 18th, 2012
03:37 PM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: Tea party plans bus tour to help Romney, Republicans

Washington (CNN) - The nation's largest tea party political action committee is planning a major push this September for Mitt Romney and other Republicans with what will be their "longest" cross country bus tour since the movement began in 2009, the group said Wednesday.

The Tea Party Express will mount its eighth nationwide tour – titled "Winning for America" - in the last two weeks of September and the first week of October, according to chief strategist Sal Russo.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Tea Party • Tea Party Express
Rush Limbaugh on Bane, Bain and 'Dark Knight Rises'
July 18th, 2012
03:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Rush Limbaugh on Bane, Bain and 'Dark Knight Rises'

(CNN) - An early trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises" highlights a plot point that references a timely societal issue: a tension between the haves and the have-nots.

Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle tells Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne in the clip, "You think this can last. There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches. 'Cause when it hits, you're all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large, and leave so little for the rest of us."

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Filed under: Rush Limbaugh
Does big money spell big trouble in campaigns?
July 18th, 2012
03:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Does big money spell big trouble in campaigns?

(CNN) - When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, pronounced this week that "17 angry old white men will wake up and realize they've just bought the country," after the elections, he echoed the distaste many Americans feel at the secrecy surrounding the flood of money pouring into campaigns.

Political experts estimate $6 billion will be spent during the 2012 presidential elections - a large chunk of it via anonymous donors thanks to a Supreme Court ruling which allows unlimited corporate campaign donations. That's enough money to give 6/7ths of the world's population $1 each. Politicos and even comedians have made much ado about the influence of anonymous super rich donors and well heeled super PACs, groups that can raise money from a number of sources and spend unlimited amounts independent of and in support of political campaigns.

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Filed under: Fundraising
July 18th, 2012
02:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney tries to dislodge Obama from attack

(CNN) – New ads from the presidential campaigns encapsulate where the race stands, with President Barack Obama's camp continuing its assault on his challenger over his business record and refusal to share tax records and Mitt Romney trying to make allegations of cronyism knock the incumbent off the assault.

A new Romney TV commercial advances the campaign's latest attack strategy, accusing Obama's administration of sending taxpayer dollars to failed energy companies whose owners contributed to his campaign.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Even in dissent, Scalia stirs controversy
July 18th, 2012
01:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Even in dissent, Scalia stirs controversy

(CNN) - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is known for bold disagreement, conservative arguments, pointed questions and the occasional crude hand gesture, and still, it's been an intense few months for one of the high court's most polarizing figures, with biting insults hurled in his direction.

Last month, Scalia dissented in the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 health care ruling, writing that the court undermined values of "caution, minimalism, and the understanding that the federal government is one of limited powers."

Get a rare look inside the Supreme Court when Piers Morgan has an exclusive interview with Justice Antonin Scalia at 9 p.m. ET tonight on CNN.

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Filed under: Antonin Scalia • Supreme Court
July 18th, 2012
01:48 PM ET
2 years ago

McCain refutes accusations by fellow Republicans about Hillary Clinton aide

(CNN) - Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor Wednesday to criticize fellow Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and four other Republican members of Congress about their request that various agencies investigate whether the government has been infiltrated by Muslim extremists.

Bachmann is joined in her request by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Trent Franks (R-Arizona), Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-Florida) and Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Georgia).

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Filed under: John McCain • Michele Bachmann
Ann Romney on VP pick: 'We're not quite there yet'
July 18th, 2012
01:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Ann Romney on VP pick: 'We're not quite there yet'

(CNN) – As rumors fly over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney's running mate, his wife Ann Romney says he hasn't decided yet.

Romney noted the heavy speculation but said "we're not quite there yet" in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" set to air Thursday, according to ABC News.
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Filed under: Ann Romney • Mitt Romney • Veepstakes
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