Williamsburg, Virginia (CNN) - When it comes to President Barack Obama’s debate preparations at an idyllic Virginia resort, mum’s the word.
The Obama campaign is going to great lengths to keep details of the president’s activities over the last three days under wraps, refusing to reveal nearly any specifics about how he and his top advisors are preparing for the crucial second debate with rival Mitt Romney Tuesday night.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Hollywood actresses Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington are featured condemning Republicans for their stance on abortion in a new political ad from the liberal group MoveOn.org.
The spot, released Monday and directed by noted filmmaker Rob Reiner, will air nationally and in the battleground states of Colorado and Virginia, the group said, adding it would air during shows primarily viewed by women.
White House (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama will appear again on "Live with Kelly and Michael" in a segment scheduled to air this Friday.
Obama will tape the interview on Wednesday in New York, co-host Kelly Ripa announced on Monday's show which airs on various local stations.
(CNN) – The group tasked with electing Democrats to the House of Representatives said Monday it broke fund-raising records in the third quarter of 2012, bringing in $35.1 million over the past three months, ahead of their Republican rivals.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $15.3 million in September, putting them $2.9 million ahead of the National Republican Congressional Committee's haul of $12.4 million.
(CNN) – The latest spot from President Barack Obama's re-election team focuses on an improving economy through the voices of middle class American workers, who argue for a second Obama term by pointing to a slow but noticeable recovery.
"We've gone from pulling into our parking lot, which was so depressing – there would be 2 or three cars in this parking lot – to our parking lot being full," says one woman in the ad, which was released Monday.
(CNN) - As both presidential candidates prepare for Tuesday's debate - Mitt Romney in Boston and President Obama in Williamsburg, Virginia - their surrogates will be out on the trail.
Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate, will hold a campaign rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin before heading to Cincinnati for a second campaign event. Ann Romney also campaigns in Pennsylvania.
Michelle Obama will hold campaign rallies in Ohio.
See the full schedule after the jump.
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CNN: Arlen Specter - 'one of the few truly wild cards' - dead at 82
Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, who embodied a dying breed of liberal Republicanism before switching to the Democratic Party at the twilight of his political career, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, his family announced. Specter died of complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at his home in Philadelphia, his family said. He was 82.
CNN: Obama expected to 'come out swinging' at Tuesday's debate
After near-universal bad reviews of his first presidential debate with Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama will bring more energy and passion to his second showdown with the GOP nominee, advisers to the president said Sunday. Yet the come-out-swinging attitude many Democrats crave could be hindered by the debate's town hall format, which requires a likability factor not completely compatible with aggressive attacks.