(CNN) - Some big names are headed to Nevada to help Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as he fights for his political life.
Former President Bill Clinton teams up with the top Senate Democrat Tuesday night. The former president joins Reid at what's being called a "pre-early vote" campaign rally at a high school in Las Vegas. Early voting for the midterm elections begins in Nevada on Saturday.
The four-term senator is being challenged by former Nevada state lawmaker and Republican nominee Sharron Angle, who enjoys the backing of many in the Tea Party movement.
President Obama's mixed message about the efforts to create an Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York has political Washington, and CNN's John King and Bob Costantini talking.
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(CNN) - CNN's Dick Uliano talks to Candy Crowley about this week's primary election results with a close look at Connecticut Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama may be celebrating his 49th birthday Wednesday without his wife and daughters, but CNN has learned there will be a hush-hush party at the White House on Sunday with close family and friends to make it up to him.
Two top White House aides confirmed the belated birthday bash on the condition of anonymity because the details are a state secret around the corridors of the West Wing.
"There will be some stuff Sunday," a top adviser to the president said vaguely without giving away any of the details.
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The president is celebrating his birthday without his immediate family because first lady Michelle Obama just arrived in Spain for a planned mini-vacation with the couple's youngest daughter, Sasha, while eldest daughter, Malia, is away at summer camp.
(CNN) - CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser and Washington Correspondent Bob Costantini talk about primaries to watch; and President Obama's new campaign mode.
(CNN) - Bob Costantini and Candy Crowley discuss guests on State of the Union and the issues of Charles Rangel's ethics charges, plus the growing U.S. death toll in Afghanistan.
Washington (CNNMoney.com) - The Senate on Thursday afternoon passed the most sweeping set of changes to the financial regulatory system since the 1930s, sending the Wall Street reform bill to President Obama.
The Senate voted 60 to 39 to pass the reforms, ending more than a year-long effort to pass legislation in response to the 2008 financial crisis. Obama is expected to sign the bill into law next week.
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"We made a promise in the fall of '08 that we'd do everything in our power to see to it we'd never again put the American public in the position we were in September and early October 2008," said Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. "And we have fulfilled that promise with this legislation."
Earlier in the day lawmakers voted 60-38 to end debate on the legislation, with three Republicans joining Democrats to support it.