Washington (CNN) – The 2012 campaign was expensive. Like, twenty-eight Boeing 787s expensive. Or seventy private islands expensive. Or 50 billion polio vaccines expensive.
In total, candidates, parties and outside groups spent $7 billion during the 2012 election cycle, a record breaking – though not surprising - figure for campaign expenditures, according to the Federal Election Commission.
(CNN) – New Jersey voters haven't sent a Republican to the U.S. Senate since 1972, but that isn't discouraging Fox News host Geraldo Rivera from pushing forward with a potential bid.
Rivera, who first floated the possibility of running for Senate in 2014 on his radio show Thursday, again teased a prospective campaign during an appearance on Fox News Friday.
New York (CNNMoney) - The jobs recovery continued to crawl forward in January, as employers hired 157,000 workers, the Labor Department said Friday.
Job growth at that level is weaker than in December, when employers added 196,000 jobs.
(CNN) – Nearly a month after last year's presidential election, Mitt Romney's campaign donated almost $90,000 to the American Red Cross, federal election filings showed Friday.
The donation also came a month after Superstorm Sandy pummeled the East Coast, coinciding with the final week of the presidential contest. Both candidates were forced to put their campaigns on hold briefly as residents of New York and New Jersey assessed the widespread damage and destruction.
Washington (CNN) - Religiously affiliated organizations will be able to opt out of providing their employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives under updates to an Obama administration mandate that the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to unveil on Friday, according to two sources.
In March, after an uproar among religious institutions that didn't want to pay for contraceptives, the Obama administration offered several policy suggestions that would require the administrator of the insurance policy, not the religious institution or the insurer, to pay for contraception coverage and invited comment on those proposals.
(CNN) - Ed Koch, the brash former New York City mayor who typically greeted constituents with a "How'm I doin'?" died Friday at the age of 88, his spokesman said.
Koch died of congestive heart failure, spokesman George Arzt said.
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CNN: Hagel takes on critics, embraces Obama policies at rocky hearing
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel took on critics at his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday to become President Barack Obama's next defense secretary, saying he may have been wrong at times in the past but always acted in the nation's best interests.
CNN: NRA position on background checks has changed, board member affirms
A past president and current board member of the National Rifle Association affirmed Thursday that the organization has changed its position on background checks for gun sales in recent years.