(CNN) – With the housing bust's epicenter as his backdrop, President Barack Obama called Tuesday for a full revamp of the government's involvement in home mortgages, including endorsing a full wind-down of loan giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The 2008 government bailout of Fannie and Freddie amounted to one of the most expensive government rescues of the financial crisis, costing billions – a tab the president argued Tuesday should never again be left to taxpayers.
Washington (CNN) – Iowa Rep. Steve King, whose hard line immigration rhetoric has angered some of his fellow Republicans and delighted Democrats eager to keep Hispanic voters in their fold, is quietly planning meetings with political activists in the early presidential primary state of South Carolina, CNN has learned.
King will travel to the state in late August to attend the Charleston Meeting, a closed-door gathering of right-leaning politicians and business leaders organized by author and activist Mallory Factor, two Republican sources said.
(CNN) – A swirl of campaign distractions related to the lewd messages and photos he sent to a woman online hasn't stopped Anthony Weiner from churning out more proposals for changing New York City.
In an addendum to his "Keys to the City" platform document, Weiner lists dozens of ways he'd change the way city government works, from altering parking regulations to changing New York's municipal tax code.
(CNN) – Few things transcend traditional political boundaries quite like music. Now, a bipartisan group of political operators are putting their campaign expertise together, working towards the mutual goal of the progressive rock group "Yes" being named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
John Brabender was senior media strategist for Republican Rick Santorum's 2012 presidential campaign. Now, the chief creative officer at political consulting firm BrabenderCox is working with Tad Devine, an architect of Democrat John Kerry's 2004 presidential bid, along with other political operators on both sides of the spectrum, all in the name of getting the Hall of Fame to say "Yes."
Cairo (CNN) - U.S. Sen. John McCain says this summer's ouster of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy was a coup, a description that goes against the statements so far from the Obama administration.
The White House has avoided using that term for the Egyptian military's ouster of Morsy.
CNN announced that Crossfire, hosted by Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones, will debut Monday, Sept 16 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The classic debate program will resemble the show's original format with passionate conversation and focus on topical events of the day. The daily, 30-minute program will feature two hosts and guests each night, discussing a range of issues from all sides of the political and cultural spectrum. In addition to the weekday show, the Crossfire co-hosts will appear across the network's programming.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton said he and his wife, Hillary Clinton, have many "personal friends" in the New York City mayoral race and added that he shouldn't talk about the contest.
His comments came in an interview with CNN in Kigali, Rwanda, where Clinton is on a six-stop trip in the continent with his daughter for their work with The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
(CNN) – Detroit gets just a little more dysfunctional Tuesday as 16 different individuals vie to become what has become just the second most powerful person in the now-bankrupt city. Further complicating matters, one of the front runners isn't even on the ballot.
After Tuesday's primary vote, two finalists will go on to face off in the Nov. 5 general election.
(CNN) – Former President George W. Bush, 67, underwent a procedure Tuesday morning to have a stent placed in his heart one day after a blockage was discovered in an artery, according to a statement from his office.
In the statement released by Bush's spokesman, the procedure was "performed successfully," without complication, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
(CNN) - Known for his at-times brazen, combative demeanor, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie opened up in a recent interview about his low point in life, sharing a compelling story about the moment he realized his mother would soon die.
The Republican governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate described his mother as "indestructible" after overcoming a brain aneurism and breast cancer earlier in life.