WASHINGTON (CNN) - California Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson misused government staffers for a variety of political and personal purposes, and should be formally reprimanded by the full House of Representatives, according to a report released Wednesday by the House Committee on Ethics.
The committee unanimously recommended both the reprimand and a $10,000 fine for the three-term congresswoman, who has admitted wrongdoing and accepted the proposed penalty. House members are expected to approve the recommendation of the panel, which is divided equally between Republicans and Democrats.
(CNN)–Like millions of people around the world, President Obama is avidly following the Olympic Games in London.
Mixing politics and sports in the battleground state of Ohio on Wednesday, the president told supporters at a campaign rally in Mansfield to "give it up for all our outstanding American athletes" competing in the international games.
Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee have bought $8.2 million for a week of ad time beginning Wednesday in eight battleground states - the largest amount spent on behalf of the presumptive nominee in the general election media campaign, according to a Republican source tracking ad buys.
The RNC started last week spending some of the funds it is allowed to use to coordinate with the Romney campaign and is continuing this week. This allows Team Romney to avoid spending some of its money but still stay on the air as its candidate is being pummeled with millions of dollars of attack ads from the Obama re-election campaign.
(CNN) – In his ninth trip to the battleground state of Ohio this year, President Barack Obama targeted Mitt Romney in a speech Wednesday, hitting the merits of his Republican challenger's tax proposals.
"Here's the thing, he's not asking you to contribute more to pay down the deficit, or to invest in our kids' education. He's asking you to pay more so that people like him can get a tax cut," Obama said at a campaign event in Mansfield.
(CNN) - It's still a mystery why President Barack Obama was holding a baseball bat during his telephone conversation with Turkey's prime minister earlier this week. An official White House photo shows the president with the bat in one hand and a phone in the other.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the photo on Tuesday and promised get some answers but so far nothing.
New York (CNNMoney) - Mitt Romney's tax plan would provide large tax cuts to the very wealthy, while increasing the tax burden on the lower and middle classes, according to a study released Wednesday.
The report - produced by researchers at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center - illustrates just how difficult it would be to recoup government revenue lost under Romney's plan.
Akron, Ohio (CNN) - The Akron warehouse is bustling with activity: Forklifts buzzing across the floor. Boxes stacked neatly by the loading area. Vans lined side by side to take deliveries.
CEO Daniel Flowers shows it all off with a clear sense of pride and accomplishment. He just wishes he wasn't so busy. Yes, a CEO who wishes supply outpaced demand.
(CNN) – Don't expect to see Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney on an elk hunt anytime soon.
The former Alaska governor slammed Cheney Tuesday for his assertion that it was a mistake to put her on the 2008 GOP ticket, saying the former vice president was being influenced by the "lamestream media."
Washington (CNN) – As Michael Phelps swam into the history books on Tuesday, becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time, it didn't go unnoticed by the number one fan in the White House.
President Barack Obama tweeted to his 18 million followers:
Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You've made your country proud. -bo— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 01, 2012
Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You've made your country proud. -bo
(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich defended controversial remarks made by presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney while overseas and said, while he may not be speaking, he will have a major role at the Republican National Convention.
Gingrich, appearing on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" on Wednesday, said he doesn't think Romney made a mistake in Israel. Gingrich felt that Romney was telling a difficult truth when he connected cultural differences to economic success at a high-dollar fundraiser in Jerusalem earlier this week.