Washington (CNN) - Two leading national anti-abortion organizations Thursday endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president.
The moves may be the first indications of social conservatives coalescing around Romney after their first choice, Rick Santorum, dropped out of the race.
(CNN) - One the same day he formally announced his presidential bid, a rival for the Republican nomination criticized Jon Huntsman for not signing an anti-abortion pledge. But the campaign of the former Utah governor and former U.S. ambassador to China was quick to respond.
A web video released Tuesday morning by the GOP presidential campaign of former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania parodies the web videos of a man riding a motorcycle through the desert that the Huntsman team have put out over the past week to tease their candidate's formal declaration.
New York (CNNMoney.com) - Stimulus money helped revive the government's small business lending program after the recession threw it into a near freeze.
But this quarter, as the bonus funds ran out, the program's growth again began to stall.
The SBA's flagship 7(a) lending program backed 12,123 loans totaling just shy of $3 billion in the three-month period that ended Wednesday. That's a 7% increase from the number of loans made in the same quarter last year, and a 21% jump in the total dollars lent out.
But compared to the first three months of 2010, lending pulled back quite a bit. The number of loans backed by the program fell 27% from the prior quarter, when the SBA processed 16,558 loans totaling $3.7 billion.