(CNN) - President Barack Obama talked with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a call Tuesday night about the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program, according to a White House statement.
Obama placed the call to Netanyahu, a senior administration official told CNN.
Reno, Nevada (CNN) – Based on the details that his campaign is willing to release publicly, Mitt Romney is keeping a light event schedule this week. Still, a top aide to the GOP nominee maintains Romney is campaigning “very vigorously.”
But a look at the campaign’s recent itineraries suggest otherwise. While Romney has put in long days over the past week, he’s held only a handful of events.
(CNN) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday issued a paper statement sharply critical of President Barack Obama over his handling of violence in the Middle East earlier in the day.
“I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi," Romney said in the statement. "It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”
The statement was released by the Romney campaign as the candidate arrived at the Jacksonville, Florida hotel where he was expected to spend the night.
Early Wednesday, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt issued a statement in response to Romney's statement.
“We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack,” LaBolt wrote.
(CNN) - Sen. Rob Portman, who is close to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and was a member of the congressional so-called "super committee" tasked with devising a deficit reduction plan, said Tuesday that the upcoming sequestration - a penalty and incentive for the two partisan sides to work together - has been ineffective and prevented accomplishing just such across-the-aisle cooperation.
"I think actually not having the sequester in place would have made it more likely that we could have come up with an agreement," the Ohio Republican said on CNN's "OutFront." "I don't think the sequester worked, and therefore I don't think it was a good idea."
(CNN) - On a relatively quiet day on the campaign trail, former President Bill Clinton stumped for President Barack Obama at a university in Miami on Tuesday, urging young people to register, then vote come November.
Appearing at Florida International University, Clinton called the election pivotal, saying, "If you sit on the sidelines, you are responsible for the consequences."
(CNN) - CNN Chief National Correspondent John King looks at how former President Bill Clinton can help President Barack Obama in battlegrounds including Florida, where the former president campaigns Tuesday evening.
(CNN) - Senate Democrats made a fresh push Tuesday for House Republicans to take up and pass a long-term farm bill that includes relief for farmers suffering from one of the worst droughts in decades.
But it appeared House Republican leaders would be unwilling to consider anything more than an extension of the current law, which expires at the end of September.
(CNN) - On the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney shook hands with first responders in Chicago, and at the National Guard Association Convention he criticized Pentagon budget cuts which would come with the so-called "fiscal cliff." CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 11, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: OBAMA’S APPROVAL ABOVE 50%, HAS HIGHER EXPECTATIONS FOR DEBATES... President Barack Obama's overall approval rating stands at 51%, and voters think he will have an advantage during the next big events of the campaign season: the presidential debates that will be held next month. Fifty-nine percent of likely voters say Obama is more likely to do a better job than Mitt Romney in the October showdowns; 34% think that Romney will beat Obama in the debates. Obama had the same edge over John McCain when voters were asked four years ago who would win the 2008 debates. – Keating Holland