(CNN) - The conservative elite descended upon Texas this weekend, as some of the tea party's biggest stars stood with Senate hopeful Ted Cruz in his bid against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the state's heated runoff.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum are all stumping for Cruz just days before Tuesday's election.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney and his wife Ann spent their final night in London watching Friday's Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games.
The presumptive GOP nominee has been in Great Britain since Wednesday as a part of a three country foreign tour that also includes Israel and Poland. He will travel to Tel Aviv Saturday to meet with Israeli leaders, then to Poland on Monday.
(CNN) – The Ron Paul 2012 campaign is preparing to challenge the entire slate of Louisiana's 46 delegates selected to attend the Republican National Convention next month in Tampa, Florida.
Paul's campaign asserts the final list of delegates released Friday that were selected during the state party's convention last month were chosen against the rules. At the time, Paul supporters held their own rump convention, or protest vote, in the same room, which composed a majority of those attending.
(CNN) – On the eve of Mitt Romney's overseas visit to Israel, a new poll released Friday indicates Jewish Americans favor the president over Mitt Romney by a solid margin.
According to the Gallup survey, 68% of Jewish Americans back President Barack Obama, while 25% support the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
Washington (CNN) – Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a vote next week on a House Republican bill to extend all the current tax cuts, but the debate is really aimed at the vote that comes three months later.
The GOP bill is expected to pass narrowly, mostly along party lines. But both political parties are using Congress' big fight over taxes to frame voters' choice in the November election.
(CNN) – Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, who suffered a severe stroke to the right side of his brain in January, said Friday that he has transitioned into a new phase of the recovery process.
"As I move into a new phase of outpatient rehabilitation for occupational and physical therapy, I will continue to work hard in order to further regain my strength," Kirk said in a statement.
(CNN) - All politics is local, the Massachusetts sage Tip O'Neill was known to say, an adage that applies to Mitt Romney's trip to Israel.
The presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States included the so-called Holy Land in his itinerary for secular purposes, seeking support in precincts with concentrations of Jewish voters, including those in so-called battleground states, such as Palm Beach and Broward counties in Florida, Clark County, Nevada, and Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
(CNN) – Beth Myers, the woman leading Mitt Romney's running mate search, tweeted a list of names on Friday–all of whom have been speculated as potential VP picks.
The tweets come as a surprising post for a campaign that has been strictly tight-lipped about its search process.
#FF @robportman @bobmcdonnell @CondoleezzaRice @johnthune @Gov_Martinez @RickSantorum— Beth Myers (@BethMyers2012) July 27, 2012
#FF @robportman @bobmcdonnell @CondoleezzaRice @johnthune @Gov_Martinez @RickSantorum
#FF @KellyAyotte @timpawlenty @GovChristie @BobbyJindal @marcorubio @RepPaulRyan @NewtGingrich— Beth Myers (@BethMyers2012) July 27, 2012
#FF @KellyAyotte @timpawlenty @GovChristie @BobbyJindal @marcorubio @RepPaulRyan @NewtGingrich
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 27, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
JUST IN: DOW HITS 13,000 AS STOCKS RALLY… U.S. stocks rallied Friday on hopes that central banks in Europe and the United States will take steps to support the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 188 points, or 1.5%, to end above the 13,000 mark, a psychologically important level it has not crossed since early May.
(CNN) – A bronze bust of Winston Churchill is becoming hotly contested in Washington. Well, actually, make that two of them.
A bust of the former British Prime Minister was lent by the British government to the White House in 2001 and displayed in the Oval Office. Conservatives, pointing to reports from British and American news outlets, blasted President Barack Obama for allegedly returning the statue after becoming president in 2009.