Washington (CNN) - Condoleezza Rice is helping House Republicans set a new fundraising record.
The former secretary of state and national security advisor to President George W. Bush is headlining Wednesday night's annual March fundraising dinner for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Last year's NRCC dinner, which Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker keynoted, brought in a record $14.4 million dollars. A GOP source with knowledge of this year's event told CNN the amount raised at Wednesday’s dinner is expected to bring in $15.1 million.
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Obama to Propose NSA Shake-up
The big headline Tuesday morning is that President Barack Obama will call for the end of the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone metadata. The White House plan to reform the NSA’s ability to collect phone data and instead rely on phone companies to store it was first reported by The New York Times and confirmed by CNN.
(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at the annual California Republicans convention Saturday as the party faces an uphill battle in a state that has turned more and more blue.
Some speculated Rice would run in the Republican presidential primaries in 2008, but she wasn't interested. She left George W. Bush's White House in 2009 and returned to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, as a political science professor.
As a featured speaker at the California Republican Party luncheon in Burlingame, Rice touched on many issues central to the Republican’s party’s future – from economic inequality and education, to foreign policy and military strength.
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.
Washington (CNN) - The last two secretaries of state top a new list that looks towards the next presidential election.
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Condoleezza Rice are one and two in a national poll that asks simply whether this "person would make a good president or not?"
(CNN) - At the Republican National Convention, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice speaks about the United States' role in international affairs.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney congratulated former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Twitter Monday for becoming one of the first women admitted as a member to the Augusta National Golf Club.
Congrats to my friend @CondoleezzaRice for joining Augusta National & congrats to Augusta National for admitting its first female members—
Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 20, 2012
(CNN) – Augusta National Golf Club has admitted its first female members, the private club announced Monday.
The decision to admit former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore of Lake City, South Carolina, ends a longstanding policy excluding women as members of the exclusive Georgia club, which hosts the annual Masters Tournament.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley - three women rumored to be under consideration as Mitt Romney's running mate - will have high profile speaking roles at the Republican National Convention, organizers will announce Monday.
The naming of the three women most likely means that Romney's campaign is no longer vetting their backgrounds, if they ever did.