Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama gave some of his most active and rowdy former campaign supporters on Monday an early glimpse of his return to speaking about jobs and the economy as he prepares for a three-speech tour to refocus his administration's message.
Speaking at an event sponsored by Organizing for Action, the political advocacy group formed from his campaign organization, the president urged his backers to help rally support for some of his second-term priorities, even as some of those issues languish in Congress.
(CNN) – Eliot Spitzer isn't shying away from the topic on everyone's minds as he makes a political comeback bid for New York City comptroller.
The former New York governor, who resigned in 2008 after admitting to paying prostitutes for sex, begins his new television ad admitting to his past mistakes.
(CNN) - Michelle Nunn, chief executive of the volunteer organization Points of Light who is also the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, announced in an interview published Monday she intends to run for Senate in Georgia.
Nunn, a Democrat, was widely expected to jump into the race. She'll run for the seat currently held by Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is not seeking re-election.
(CNN) – They may not always agree politically, but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg competed in whitewater in the Adirondack Mountains on Monday to boost tourism for the Empire State.
"There was a serious purpose to it, obviously, and that was about getting the word out about the Adirondacks and increasing tourism," Cuomo said, according to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 22, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
IT’S A BOY: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William on Monday welcomed their first child.
NO ‘CROWN JEWELS’ FOR SNOWDEN: U.S. intelligence now believes Edward Snowden did not gain access to the "crown jewels" of National Security Agency programs that secretly intercept and monitor conversations around the world, CNN has learned. – Barbara Starr
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks close slightly higher, as investors await a raft of earnings this week. Dow adds 2 points.
(CNN) - The White House released the following statement Monday from President Barack Obama following the news that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, delivered a baby boy:
"Michelle and I are so pleased to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the joyous occasion of the birth of their first child. We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings. The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations. Given the special relationship between us, the American people are pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama, hoping to pitch his signature health care law to younger Americans, will get some help from a cadre of Hollywood stars who have volunteered to help promote Obamacare's insurance exchanges that open on October 1.
At a meeting at the White House Monday, a group that included singer Jennifer Hudson and actors Kal Penn and Amy Poehler heard Obama extol the benefits his health care law offers young people, whose participation in the exchanges is seen as essential for their long-term viability.
(CNN) - One of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S. was temporarily blocked from enforcement after a federal judge said Monday that North Dakota's pre-viability provisions were "invalid and unconstitutional."
The state legislature had passed a law that would ban an abortion when a fetal heartbeat was detected–sometimes as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The legislation was set to go into effect August 1, but Judge Daniel Hovland granted a temporary injunction, after a Fargo women's clinic filed a lawsuit last month.
(CNN) - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is about to face at least one sexual harassment lawsuit as a series of allegations against him roils City Hall.
A city employee will announce the lawsuit Monday, attorney Gloria Allred's office said.
(CNN) – The not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial has Americans divided, with equal numbers saying they approve or disapprove of the verdict, according to a poll released Monday.
The Washington Post/ABC News survey, which showed 41% of Americans approving and 41% disapproving of the jury's ruling, also showed sharp division among Americans in their views of the verdict. For example, 86% of African-Americans disapproved of the "not guilty" finding, while 51% of whites approved.