(CNN) – Rapper Nicki Minaj goes political in her latest lyrics, and not the way some would assume for a major celebrity.
"I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney," Minaj raps on a new release from Lil' Wayne. "You lazy b-hes is f-ing up the economy."
(CNN) – Republicans pounced Tuesday after President Barack Obama assigned himself an “incomplete” grade on fixing the economy, a line he’s used before but that gained renewed scrutiny from Republicans as the election season heats up.
“You know I would say incomplete,” Obama said when asked what grade he’d give himself on improving the nation’s economy. He was speaking to Colorado television station KKTV.
(CNN) - Paul Ryan continued defending his speech at the Republican National Convention Tuesday, saying the link he made between President Barack Obama and a closed auto plant in Wisconsin was accurate and reflected a record of failed promises from the Democratic incumbent.
"What they are trying to suggest is that I said Barack Obama was responsible for the plant that shut down in Janesville. That's not what I was saying. Read the speech," Ryan said on NBC. He made similar comments last week on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
(CNN) – Democrats released a party platform late Monday focused on improving the economic situation for middle class Americans, a central theme of President Barack Obama's presidential campaign and an issue the party hopes will win votes come November.
The Democratic platform also contains language endorsing same-sex marriage for the first time, a move that brings the party's official stance in line with that of the president, who said for the first time in May that he supports marriage rights for gays and lesbians.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 4, 2012 | 7 a.m.
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Editor's Note: This is a special morning edition of CNN's Political Gut Check which will come out twice a day for the duration of the political conventions.
DEVELOPING: Democrats release their party platform which uses new language in detailing its support of a "right to choose" and "freedom to marry," including references to clergy and healthcare:
Democratic Platform on "Protecting A Woman’s Right to Choose"
"Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way. We also recognize that health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. We strongly and unequivocally support a woman’s decision to have a child by providing affordable health care and ensuring the availability of and access to programs that help women during pregnancy and after the birth of a child, including caring adoption programs."
Democratic Platform on "Freedom to Marry"
"We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference. ... We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act."
Compare to Republican platform.
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (CNN) - Republicans had to contend last week in their convention with Hurricane Isaac. Democrats must compete this week with the U.S. Open tennis championship.
Republicans got first serve last week. Can Democrats break serve or will the presidential race go to a tie-break in November.
Here are five things to watch for at the Democratic National Convention:
(CNN) - The much-anticipated memoir of a Navy SEAL who helped kill Osama bin Laden hits bookshelves Tuesday to an eager audience whose pre-orders have already put the book at No. 1 on Amazon's bestseller list for two weeks.
But there is one group who may not be as eager to see the release of "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden."
(CNN) - The Democratic National Convention officially gets underway Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Vice President Joe Biden arrives at the convention in the afternoon, and first lady Michelle Obama delivers her speech in the evening.
Meanwhile, Paul Ryan campaigns in Ohio and Iowa, and President Barack Obama hits the trail in Virginia.
Mitt Romney heads to Vermont to begin debate preparations.
See the full schedule after the jump.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama has a penchant for using high-profile prayer givers to send messages to the nation.
At his 2009 White House inauguration, Obama called on Pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation, signaling an attempt to tamp down on the culture wars (Warren is a theologically conservative evangelical who was close to George W. Bush).