Tampa, Florida (CNN) - One way or another, Evan Draim is the future. The 17-year-old Virginian is the youngest delegate to the Republican National Convention. He’s also one of the GOP’s emergent voices.
He’s passionate about America’s economic woes.
(CNN) – Current Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich all favor some form of one. Past presidential hopefuls like Steve Forbes and Jerry Brown have advocated one. Noted economists like Milton Friedman have championed the idea. A flat tax - one constant tax rate applied on all income. However, the flat tax was more than just an idea in America's distant past. It was a reality.
Washington (CNN) - Days of caucuses, leadership elections, freshman hellos, "what you thought would happen, did happen" news conferences and a few significant, but not conclusive, votes have kept Capitol Hill staff and reporters scrambling this week.
But aside from scattered House and Senate votes (food safety, unemployment compensation and the Medicare 'doc fix'), the hefty Washington news was elsewhere - in the action by and reaction to the Federal Reserve's latest rescue plan.
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.
(CNN) – Tuesday may have been the most contentious night of primaries this summer.
CNN's Lisa Desjardins and Mark Preston break down exactly what happened and what it could mean for November.
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(CNN) - CNN's Dick Uliano chats with CNN's Mark Preston who is in Kansas City, Missouri where national Republicans are gathered this weekend for their summer meeting.
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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.