Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney seeks to assure Israel and Iran, as well as Jewish voters in the United States, that he will be tougher against Iran's nuclear ambitions than President Barack Obama.
So far, though, the main differences on the issue between the presumptive Republican nominee and the president he hopes to defeat in the November election involve tone and nuance more than substance.
(CNN) – U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette has decided not to run for re-election, GOP sources told CNN on Monday.
The Ohio Republican is in his ninth term and is among a dwindling group of GOP moderates on Capitol Hill.
(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton is experiencing a wave of favorability with two-thirds of Americans approving of him, a poll released Monday shows.
Clinton’s popularity comes as the politician prepares to officially enter President Barack Obama into nomination at the Democratic National Convention in September. A symbol of the Democratic Party, Clinton's favorability could help the president at the polls come Election Day.
(CNN) - If Mitt Romney has indeed fumbled the football overseas, President Barack Obama's campaign may well be seen as spiking it.
Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday the Republican presidential candidate's overseas trip has put his readiness for the Oval Office in question.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 30, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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JUST IN: TOP ISRAELI POLITICIANS LAUD CLOSE TIES WITH THE UNITED STATES, WHITE HOUSE… Both President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak highlighted, in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, the relationship the Obama administration has kept with Israel.
Peres: “When I look at the record of President Obama concerning the major issues, security, I think it's a highly satisfactory record, from an Israeli point of view.”
Barak: “I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing, in regard to our security, more than anything that I can remember in the past. … In terms of the support for our security, the cooperation of our intelligence, the sharing of sorts in a very open way even when there are differences.”
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DEVELOPING: DNC PLATFORM TO INCLUDE SAME SEX MARRIAGE… The Democratic National Committee took a step this weekend towards recognizing same sex marriage in the party’s convention platform. Meeting in Minneapolis, Democrats approved draft language that will now be reviewed by the full platform committee. If approved by the committee and then the delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, it would mark the first time support for same-sex marriage was part of the Democrats' platform.
Washington (CNN) - When Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York unveiled their bill Monday to regulate the online and mail-order sale of ammunition, they did so in a state most friendly to Democrats - New York.
But across the country, voters might not be as receptive. Gun control can be seen as political quicksand for Democratic lawmakers.
(CNN) – Israel's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak said the Obama White House has been the most supportive administration throughout the two countries' diplomatic relations on matters of Israeli security, in an interview to air Monday on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
Barak -also a former prime minister of Israel - said that though historically administrations from both political parties have supported the Jewish state President Obama's support, security-wise, is unparalleled.
(CNN) – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney clarified his March remark that Russia is the nation's top foe, saying in an interview to air Monday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" that Iran potentially poses the greatest national security threat to the U.S.
"The number one national security threat, of course, to our nation is a nuclear Iran," he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, speaking in Jerusalem about the nearby nation.
(CNN) - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's husband received orders from the South Carolina National Guard on Monday and is expected to deploy to Afghanistan in January, a spokesman in her office said.
1st Lieutenant Michael Haley will deploy to Afghanistan, spokesman Rob Godfrey said.
(CNN) - Democrats meeting in Minneapolis this weekend approved draft language supportive of same-sex marriage as a plank in their party's platform, two Democratic sources confirmed Monday.
The full Democratic platform committee will now consider the same-sex marriage endorsement at a meeting in Detroit, scheduled to take place in two weeks. It will then be voted on by convention delegates in Charlotte. If approved, it would mark the first time support for same-sex marriage is included in the Democrats' platform.