(CNN) – President Barack Obama is heading back to the Golden State for fundraisers in April, emailed invitations to the events show.
"Just wanted to give you a quick heads up that Barack will be back for his first visit of his 2nd term on Thursday, April 4, to help retire the debt of the Democratic National Committee that remains from our victory in November," tech executive Wade Randlett wrote in the invitation to supporters. Randlett is the chairman of the Bay Area Democrats.
(CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will introduce Mitt Romney at a gathering of conservative activists on Friday, a GOP source told CNN.
Haley, who endorsed Romney early in last year's Republican primary contest, wasn't previously listed as a featured speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual confab of activists that's taking place this week at a resort just outside Washington in suburban Maryland.
Washington (CNN) – Saying she felt "patronized" by Senate colleague Ted Cruz, Sen. Dianne Feinstein explained Thursday why she felt the need to raise her voice in anger at the Texas Republican during a debate over gun control.
"I felt he was somewhat arrogant about it," Feinstein said of Cruz's suggestion the Senate Judiciary Committee was ignoring the Constitution during its debate over banning semiautomatic firearms.
(CNN) – Even after a meeting with President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill Wednesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor couldn't say for sure whether the new effort by the White House to reach out to Republicans is genuine.
"I hope that he is sincere in wanting to work together. Because the fact is, there are a lot of things that we do agree on. We know we've got to balance the budget. We know that there are things in common within his proposals and in ours," Cantor said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
Washington (CNN) - Members of the Supreme Court on Thursday warned forced spending cuts pose a serious threat to the U.S. justice system, saying they are "simply unsustainable" and will lead to a reduction of critical legal services.
Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer appeared before a panel of the House Appropriations Committee, urging lawmakers to ensure the so-called sequestration measures do not linger.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 13, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
OBAMA ON THE HILL – DAY THREE: President Barack Obama went to Capitol Hill for the third straight day on Thursday, where he met with both Senate Republicans and House Democrats. The meeting with Republicans was “surprisingly positive,” a source told CNN’s Dana Bash, because the president heard Republicans out on things like entitlements and tax reform and then gave thoughtful and candid responses.
“It was a great conversation,” Obama told reporters walking out of the meeting with Senate Republicans. “Always good to be back in the Senate.”
GUNS: WEAPONS BAN HEADS TO SENATE… A ban on semiautomatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons won approval Thursday from a Senate committee, sending the legislation to the full Senate for consideration as part of a package of gun measures being studied after the Connecticut school shootings last December that killed 20 first-graders. – Tom Cohen
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama wrapped up three days of personal outreach on Capitol Hill, holding what both sides called a "great" meeting on Thursday with Senate Republicans, who urged him to deliver the necessary Democratic support for making needed reforms to popular entitlement programs.
"He certainly understands that you can't fix the country without adjusting entitlements to fit the demographics of our country," said Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, usually a harsh critic of the president. " And we'll see where we go from here, but it was a great meeting."
(CNN) - Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who's become somewhat of a political celebrity after his nearly 13-hour filibuster last week, took the opportunity to critique his own party Thursday while speaking before a large crowd of conservatives.
"The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered," the Kentucky senator said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "I don't think we need to name any names, do we? Our party is encumbered by an inconsistent approach to freedom. The new GOP will need to embrace liberty in both the economic and the personal sphere."
(CNN) – Joe Biden has never been known for being short of words.
But in case Americans were looking for more of the vice president's inner thoughts, the White House launched an audio series Thursday promising to convey "what it's like 'Being Biden.'"