Washington (CNN) – For all the unanswered questions about the Benghazi attack and the Obama administration crisis management in the hours and days after, this much is certain: The GOP-led investigations will carry over from spring into summer and likely beyond.
Five separate House committees are investigating facets of the attack and its aftermath, and the five chairmen compared notes on Thursday at a meeting organized by House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor.FULL STORY
(CNN) – A measure recently approved by the U.S. House altering federal overtime laws that was sharply opposed by Democrats, and isn’t expected to pass the Democrat-led Senate, was the subject of Saturday’s weekly Republican address.
Rep. Martha Roby, R-Alabama, who authored the Working Families Flexibility Act, said the measure “provides options for working moms and dads who need more time to take care of family responsibilities” and “demonstrates how applying conservative principles can help working Americans in their everyday lives.”
Washington (CNN) – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady resigned Tuesday, citing a handful of reasons including an ongoing struggle with several members of the state GOP over his support for same-sex marriage.
"There were several reasons," why he decided to step down, Brady said in a telephone interview with CNN. "I've been going at it hard for six years, I need to focus on my family, and obviously I had lost the support of the state Central Committee because of my position on gay marriage."
(CNN) – With the GOP actively working to reshape its image, it didn't take long for top Republicans to blast one of their own, Rep. Don Young, for using the derogatory term "wetbacks" in describing migrant workers from Mexico.
The longtime congressman from Alaska attempted to explain why he used the ethnic slur, but he's nevertheless seeing little mercy from some of the biggest voices in the GOP.
(CNN) – Post-mortems written after the 2012 campaign focused on a variety of Republican shortcomings: underwhelming television ads, an outdated voter contact model, and a message that was out-of-step with the changing face of America.
Overlooked in the aftermath of Mitt Romney's loss, however, was the fact that Democrats throttled Republicans in the critical practice of opposition research - the age-old tactic of gathering negative information about one's opponent and pushing it into public view through the press or through paid media.
Washington (CNN) – Several House Republicans said Tuesday they believe the February release of more than 2,000 immigration detainees from jail was motivated by politics rather than forced budget cuts.
"From this vantage point, it does look like the decision to release detainees was a political determination and not a monetary determination," said Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina. "It appears to me that the release of detainees was part of a sequester campaign that included the fictional firing of teachers, the closing of the White House for student tours, the displacement of meat inspectors and now we're gonna release aggravated felons - some aggravated felons - onto the street."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A new national survey confirms what a months long, top-to-bottom Republican Party review finds as well: That the GOP "is out of touch" and seen as the party of "stuffy old men."
A CNN/ORC International poll also indicates that President Barack Obama's job approval rating has dipped below 50% for the first time since September, with half of the public saying they disapprove of the job he's doing in the White House. And it appears that the president's stand on the issues and the glaring spotlight in recent months on fiscal and budget issues, never Obama's sweet spot, are contributing to the drop in his overall numbers.
Washington (CNN) – The beleaguered Republican Party put into writing Monday what many of its top strategists and leaders have been saying since last year's election losses: The GOP is too old, too white, and too insular to win national contests.
In a months-in-the-making report – which tops out at 100 pages and includes hundreds of recommended fixes - the Republican National Committee acknowledges its messaging problems, identifies structural setbacks to the primary calendar and spells out how to target specific demographic groups that voted overwhelmingly for Democrats in 2012.
Washington (CNN) - Take a political party trying to find its way, add thousands of conservative leaders and activists gathered from across the country, mix in the first real cattle call in next race for the White House, and controversies over who is allowed to speak and you get CPAC 2013.
The Conservative Political Action Conference touts itself as the largest and oldest annual gathering of conservatives. The three-day event is considered a good gauge of the mood of the conservative movement, but it's also increasingly criticized as more political carnival than conference.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Talking about his recent outreach to congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama said there's a chance the bipartisan talks could all fall apart.
"Right now what I'm trying to do is create an atmosphere where Democrats and Republicans can go ahead and get together and try to get something done. But ultimately it may be that the differences are just too wide," he said in a television interview that aired Wednesday.