Washington (CNN) - Spoiler alert: The Senate on Monday will not get the 60 votes needed to move ahead with the so-called Buffett Rule, which makes critics think the White House spent a week pushing it just to make a political point.
Shocking, we know.
Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney thinks a Wisconsin/Maryland/D.C. sweep Tuesday night will set him sailing to the nomination long before the August Republican convention.
Still, he's not about to own it.
(CNN) - Turns out the U.S. territories are very, very good to Mitt Romney. He romped in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico on Sunday, so much so that he took all 20 delegates. Oh, how Romney would love a romp in Illinois on Tuesday.
It wouldn't put him over the top, but it would put Romney solidly back on terra firma with at least a breeze at his back, maybe even enough of it to push him through what is likely to be another tough Southern primary, this one on Saturday in Louisiana, decidedly not Romney country.
Washington (CNN) - Rick Santorum hopes to parlay his weekend win in Kansas into a strong Tuesday in Mississippi and Alabama.
The idea is to blow up the Southern strategy of Newt Gingrich's campaign and muscle Gingrich out of the race.
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Washington (CNN) – I don't know if Newt Gingrich should, will or even is thinking about getting out of the presidential race. Ditto for Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. I do know there are practical, political and one very big human reason that candidates stay in races past the time many think they should get out.
Washington (CNN) - About that knight in shining armor - the Republican candidate with the quick-witted, pugnacious style of Newt Gingrich; the blue-collar conservative values of Rick Santorum; the cool business acumen of Mitt Romney; and the passionate supporters of Ron Paul.
Republican mythology in this contentious, messy primary season is that the perfect candidate will ride into the Republican primary in March or April - or maybe wait until August and a brokered convention - to fill the unmet needs of the 44% of Republican voters not satisfied with their choices.
Washington (CNN) - In no particular order, here are four things you should watch in this week's desert debate: Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich.
The final four have not shared a stage in almost a month: Not since Romney won Florida, Nevada and Maine. Not since Santorum triumphed in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. Not since Paul won - well, Paul won nowhere, though he told me on CNN's "State of the Union," "It all depends on how you measure winning ... the bottom line is who is going to get the delegates ... and we think we're doing pretty good."
Washington (CNN) - Suppose they held an election, and the economy got better. Just last month, the jobless rate fell to its lowest level in almost three years.
"I wouldn't pop the champagne cork yet," Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican, told CBS.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has parted ways with debate coach Brett O'Donnell, a Romney campaign source confirmed Friday.
O'Donnell, a former Michele Bachmann adviser who also did debate prep sessions with John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008, was given credit in several media reports as the man behind Romney's impressive back-to-back debate performances in Florida.
(CNN) – The Romney campaign first learned of Donald Trump’s decision to endorse Mitt Romney about 24 hours before Trump introduced the presidential candidate at a Las Vegas Hotel. A senior Romney adviser says the flamboyant billionaire businessman essentially told Romney “Hey, I think you’re the best guy for the job and I want to make it public.”
Almost anything could happen with a mercurial guy like Donald Trump on board. He has endorsed and funded many Democrats in years past, and within the past 12 months, he flirted with a Republican presidential run, mocked Romney’s business credentials and changed his party affiliation to independent.