Washington (CNN) - In an effort to create more jobs and improve transportation, the Obama administration announced a new "Use It or Lose It" program Friday, making nearly $500 million in unspent earmarks available for states to use on so-called "shovel ready" infrastructure projects.
From 2003 to 2006, Congress set aside $473 million in earmark transportation funds that have never been spent.
Glen Allen, Virginia (CNN) - In a further sign of Republicans' efforts to take back Virginia in November, Rep. Paul Ryan has spent more days in the commonwealth than any other battleground state since he became Mitt Romney's running mate.
Ryan held a rally in central Virginia near Richmond on Friday morning, and later in the day headed to an event in Northern Virginia, a part of the state that votes increasingly Democratic.
(CNN) - Paul Ryan's claim that Rage Against the Machine is among his favorite bands did not poll well with the rap metal group's guitarist Tom Morello.
"He can like whatever bands he wants," Morello wrote in a Rolling Stone opinion piece on Friday about the Republican vice presidential hopeful. "But his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage."
(CNN) - The Republican National Committee on Friday mocked President Barack Obama's recent interview with a New Mexico radio station - an interview which included questions on food, music, and what superpower the president would most like to have.
The RNC spliced the interview into a web video which shows Obama on the phone with his feet up and the words, "This is not a parody: Actual Interview with President Obama."
(CNN) – The super PAC backing President Barack Obama launched an online ad on Friday reminding viewers that Mitt Romney has rejected calls to release more than two years of tax returns, and claiming that a plan offered by his running mate, Paul Ryan, would reduce his tax rate to 1%.
The spot, from Priorities USA, uses clips from Romney's press conference on Thursday in South Carolina, when he told reporters that he's paid 13% in taxes for the past decade.
(CNN) - A day after a CNN/ORC Poll showed President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in a statistical tie in Wisconsin, a spokeswoman for the incumbent Democrat's campaign said they felt good about their chances of winning there.
"We know this race is going to be decided in a handful of states. We feel good about our campaign in Wisconsin," Obama campaign traveling press secretary Jen Psaki said on CNN. "We've had a grass roots organization there since the president ran the last time. We have a great group of supporters there. We're going to be spending some time there I bet."
Washington (CNN) – In 2004, Sen. John Kerry entered the campaign against incumbent President George W. Bush with a seemingly unassailable advantage on a sensitive issue - the liberal Kerry served in the Vietnam War, and the conservative Bush didn't.
Rather than avoid the topic, Bush supporters came up with the notorious "Swift Boat" campaign that raised enough questions about Kerry's war record to negate a major strength.
(CNN) – The Republican National Committee said Friday it raised $37.7 million in July, making last month the best July in the party committee's history.
At the end of July, the RNC said it had $88.7 million cash on hand. They said July's numbers brought their yearly total to $158 million.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's campaign sought to turn up the pressure Friday on Mitt Romney to release his tax returns, offering to back off on their calls for the release of additional years of returns if he agrees to disclose five years of tax information.
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina offered the deal in a letter sent to Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades. The Obama campaign posted the letter on its web site and emailed it to journalists.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Friday released a new television advertisement on Medicare which serves as a rebuttal to a sharp ad his Republican challenger introduced on Tuesday.
The Obama campaign ad issues direct counterpoints to the two issues raised in Mitt Romney's earlier ad – first, that Obama's health care reform has cut billions from Medicare and, second, that the plans supported by the Romney ticket would "strengthen (Medicare) for the next generation."