Updated 3:24 p.m. ET, 3/9/2014
(CNN) – They were both popular speakers who blasted government overreach at the Conservative Political Action Conference, but Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz found themselves at odds this weekend over foreign policy and political strategy.
Both considered potential 2016 presidential contenders with strong tea party support, the two normally line up on a host of issues. But perhaps they’re now trying to draw some distinctions as they wade deeper into the next presidential cycle and gain more attention on the national stage. FULL POST
(CNN) – Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who’s looking to get his old job back - this time as a Democrat - argued Sunday that Democrats need to “strengthen up” and own Obamacare in this year’s midterms.
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Crist panned his former party, the GOP, but admitted that the Sunshine State’s economy has improved under Republican Gov. Rick Scott—though he argued it could be “a lot better.”
1. GOP JITTERS IN FLORIDA: The special House election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District is Tuesday, but many plugged-in Republicans there are predicting defeat – and are already finger pointing.
It’s a competitive district, but the seat has been in GOP hands for decades, so a win by Democrat Alex Sink would sting the GOP, and no doubt set off a round of debate about the party’s midterm election strategy – despite the fact history suggests the results of special elections often say very little about what will happen come November.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama’s deputy chief of staff will leave the White House later this year to pursue a career in the private sector.
Alyssa Mastromonaco previously served as director of presidential scheduling and advance at the White House and served in the same capacity during Obama’s first presidential campaign.
National Harbor, Maryland (CNN) – It would be a mistake to read too much into the speeches, breakout sessions and late-night parties that took place at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
Thousands of right-leaning activists made the pilgrimage here this year, to a convention hall outside the nation's capital. They were greeted, as they are every year, by a bevy of candidates, bloggers, political operatives and more than a few hucksters out to make a buck.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul easily won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, giving the potential White House candidate an early boost with the Republican base ahead of the 2016 election.
It was the second-straight year the Kentucky lawmaker topped the poll at the annual gathering, notching 31% support.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, agree on at least one thing: The economic status quo is not working.
But in their weekly addresses, the President and the freshman senator presented very different ideas on how to fix the problem - and what is causing it in the first place.
(CNN) – The third and final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference – better known by its initials, CPAC – is underway at a major convention center at National Harbor, just south of the nation's capital.
The conference is the largest annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists, and when there's no Republican in the White House, it's a must-attend cattle call for Republican presidential hopefuls looking to pass the conference's conservative litmus test. CPAC will close Saturday with the much-anticipated results of the confab's GOP presidential nomination straw poll.
Here are the latest developments:
(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida will not be charged in a domestic incident with his wife, according to his office.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department made that decision on Friday, Lauren Doney, a spokeswoman for the Florida Democrat, said in a statement.