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.
(CNN) – White House press secretary Jay Carney Tuesday sharply rejected a statement that reportedly came from a senior White House official, who told a Washington news outlet that the president's recent charm offensive with Republicans "is a joke" and a waste of time.
"I have no idea who said that," Carney said. "But I can tell you that opinion has never been voiced in my presence, in the president's presence, in the West Wing. It does not represent the president's view, it does not represent the White House's view, and it does not represent the administration's view."
(CNN) – Call it the last stop before the GOP's listening tour pulls into the station.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus heads to New York City for what the RNC touts as "an African-American engagement and listening session with African American business, political and governmental leaders."
Washington (CNN) - In case you missed it, Barack Obama–the man who once seemed perfectly content to live under the political equivalent of house arrest–has suddenly decided to become a party animal. He's having phone chats with Republicans, taking them out to dinner at a swanky Washington hotel and has plans to rush up to Capitol Hill next week for four meetings -with the Democrats, and his new acquaintances, the Republicans.
Since we know this is not about empty nest syndrome (he still likes to have dinner with his daughters at home), there must be something else up.
(CNN) - So it's good to see that the president has finally started calling some Republicans. He's even invited some to share a meal. And not just moderates, but also those who have been his most vocal opponents - like John McCain and his buddy Lindsey Graham.
This, of course, is something completely different. After his re-election, the president was asked about his unusually standoffish behavior with Congress. He took offense.FULL STORY