Dallas, Texas (CNN) - Texas is a vast and diverse state with sprawling urban centers and wide open pastures, but sometimes the political universe here can feel pretty small.
Rand Paul, the Kentucky Senator and Republican presidential aspirant, was reminded of this on Friday.
(CNN) - Snow plows, pot hole repairs, shuttle buses and emergency radios - all provided to the town of Fort Lee over time in what the mayor now believes may have been an attempt by Christie appointees to win his endorsement for the New Jersey governor's reelection.
And when the backing didn't materialize last year, Mark Sokolich believes key state officials may have in response orchestrated traffic jams over several days in his community by closing access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.
(CNN) - Democrats will again be ready and waiting next week to make noise when embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hits the road for another high-profile trip.
The Democratic National Committee says it will send former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to hold a news conference in Chicago on Tuesday, the same day Christie will be in the Windy City fundraising as chairman for the Republican Governors Association.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 7, 2014 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
FIRST ON CNN: READY FOR HILLARY HEADS TO SOUTH CAROLINA … Ready for Hillary, the independent group laying groundwork for a potential Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016, will make its first public foray into the early primary state of South Carolina later this month with a fundraiser in the state capital of Columbia. The low dollar event – the price of admission is just $20.16 – will be hosted by state Rep. Bakari Sellers “and special guests,” according to a copy of the Feb. 20 invitation obtained by CNN. – Peter Hamby
QUOTE OF THE DAY: VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TO KATE BOLDUAN ON CNN’S “NEW DAY” ABOUT WHETHER HE WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016: “There may be reasons I don’t run, but there’s no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run.”
Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans, and women in particular, do not believe the Republican Party understands the problems and concerns of women today.
That's the headline from a new national poll that comes as Republicans push back against Democratic claims the GOP is out of touch on female issues and is waging a war on women.
New York (CNNMoney) - Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told Congressional leaders Friday in essence that the full faith and credit of the United States could be in jeopardy after Feb. 27 if lawmakers don't raise the debt ceiling.
That's when Lew now estimates Treasury will run out of special accounting maneuvers to ensure all the country's bills are paid in full and on time.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Deep down inside-and we mean way down, like behind his spleen-Secretary of State John Kerry has blue eyed soul. Really.
Back during his prep school days he laid down tracks for The Electras.
Updated 4:56 p.m. ET, 2/7/2014
Washington (CNN) - A man tried to jump the White House fence on Friday, causing a brief lockdown while he was apprehended, law enforcement officials said.
Police declared the incident over after checking a briefcase and taking the man into custody. He was not identified.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden sounded like someone who wants to be President when he spoke to CNN's "New Day" on Friday.
He talked about America's potential and its role as a global leader, as well as his commitment to helping the middle class. He never mentioned the overwhelming early favorite for the 2016 Democratic nomination - former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.FULL STORY
Dallas, Texas (CNN) - Ready for Hillary, the independent group laying groundwork for a potential Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016, will make its first public foray into the early primary state of South Carolina later this month with a fundraiser in the state capital of Columbia.
The low dollar event – like many Ready for Hillary fundraisers, the price of admission is just $20.16 – will be hosted by state Rep. Bakari Sellers “and special guests,” according to a copy of the Feb. 20 invitation obtained by CNN.