(CNN) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad suggested it may be time to lay the idiosyncratic Iowa Republican tradition of the Ames Straw Poll to rest.
Branstad said in an interview earlier Tuesday with the Wall Street Journal that the poll has "outlived its usefulness.”
(CNN) – Republicans this week increased pressure on President Barack Obama to drop any thought of nominating U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as secretary of state.
In a letter to Obama, 97 House Republicans questioned Rice's credibility "at home and around the world" after her "misleading" public statements about the origin of the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 20, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: SEN. WARNER SAYS NO TO BID FOR VIRGINIA GOVERNOR… Mark Warner is sticking with Congress. The first term Democratic senator from Virginia announced Tuesday that he won't make a bid next year for his old job as the state's governor. “I loved being governor, but I have a different job now – and it's here, in the United States Senate,” Warner said in a statement. – Paul Steinhauser
DEVELOPING: SECRETARY CLINTON IN ISRAEL… “President Obama asked me to come to Israel with a very clear message: America's commitment to Israel’s security is rock solid and unwavering. That is why we believe it is essential to de-escalate the situation in Gaza. The rocket attacks from terrorist organizations inside Gaza on Israeli cities and towns must end and a broader calm restored.”
Washington (CNN) - Mark Warner is sticking with Congress.
The first term Democratic Senator from Virginia announced Tuesday that he won't make a bid next year for his old job as the state's governor.
"I loved being Governor, but I have a different job now - and it's here, in the United States Senate," Warner said in a statement, citing a commitment he made to go to Washington and "be a problem solver."
Washington (CNN) - Step by step, diehard conservatives are confronting their grief over President Barack Obama's re-election.
But judging from blog posts and other public pronouncements, many remain stuck somewhere between denial and anger, very far from acceptance.
(CNN) - Days before American shoppers rush to the stores for Black Friday deals after Thanksgiving, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum joined a political choir urging Americans to buy at home this holiday season.
The Patriot Voice, a non-profit organization Santorum created in June after suspending his bid for the presidency, announced he and his wife, Karen Santorum's, "Made in the USA Christmas Challenge" Tuesday pushing holiday shoppers to buy gifts made in the United States.
(CNN) – Two weeks after President Barack Obama's re-election, the "Blue" map keeps expanding as the last few "too close to call" congressional races break for Democrats.
They have won six of the seven seats in the U.S. House of Representatives that were undecided on Election Night with only Rep. Mike McIntyre's North Carolina result still subject to recount. A win there would push Democrats to 200 seats in the chamber compared with 234 for majority Republicans.
Washington (CNN) - A candid Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he's interested in running for president in 2016.
"I am different than some in that I'm not going to deny that I'm interested," said the Republican first term senator in an interview released Tuesday by ABC News.
(CNN) – On his 70th birthday, Vice President Joe Biden got lots of love via Twitter on Tuesday, including a shout out from his boss.
Happy birthday, Mr. Vice President. http://t.co/C4SU7gvs— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 20, 2012
Happy birthday, Mr. Vice President. http://t.co/C4SU7gvs