Washington (CNN) – The White House likes to shower praise on some of the Republican presidential hopefuls looking to take President Barack Obama's job in 2012.
In the end, it is love the would-be candidates could probably do without.
The words really aren't meant to be so kind, of course. They're subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) ways to jab the potential rivals and remind voters of likely weaknesses they may face.
Washington (CNN) - An impassioned Labor Secretary Hilda Solis rallied Democratic party members Saturday to tell voters "elections do matter" as she gave a detailed – and political – response to the Wisconsin union fight.
Solis delivered her remarks before the Democratic National Committee winter meeting, in the same hotel where conservative activists held their annual convention two weeks ago. But the message was decidedly different, as Solis accused Republicans of turning back the clock on workers' rights.
Washington (CNN) - Before he tries to convince voters to put him in the White House, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has a more important audience to sell: his family.
"I think we're all sort of undecided about it," First Lady Cheri Daniels told CNN affiliate WSBT before an appearance in Elkhart, Indiana.
Washington (CNN) - Indiana's Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is considering a possible bid for the White House in 2012, underwent outpatient surgery on his shoulder Thursday.
A statement from the governor's office said he had a successful operation to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin, in her first comments on the uprising in Egypt, called the situation President Barack Obama's 3 a.m. phone call and said, "It seems the call went right to the answering machine."
Palin, the former GOP vice presidential candidate, spoke with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody after her speech Friday night at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.
Washington (CNN) - Long days go with the territory when you're the nation's top diplomat, especially during an international crisis. But for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, no stranger to chaotic days, Sunday may have been one for the books.
Clinton was the face of the administration on the Egyptian situation, making a rare appearance on all five Sunday morning shows with the message of an "orderly transition" towards democracy.
Andrews Air Force Base, MD (CNN) - The white 747 with blue stripes and adorned with a flag landed at Andrews Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon, bringing a president to Washington. But this time it was an Air China jet stopping in Air Force One's usual parking spot, to begin an official state visit by President Hu.
The real story of the Hu visit will be the serious topics up for discussion away from carefully choreographed ceremonies: trade, currency, and security. Each is an issue without easy answers. But even with one of America's most complicated relationships, policy talks start with protocol.
Washington (CNN) - A new national poll shows an improvement in how Americans see the direction of the country, and puts President Obama in better standing against potential 2012 rivals.
The McClatchy Newspapers-Marist poll said still just 41 percent of respondents think the country is headed in the right direction, with 47 saying it remains going in the wrong direction. But that compares to a Marist poll in December where 34 percent of Americans said right direction, and 58 said wrong direction
Washington (CNN) - Some knew Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, others just wanted an outlet for emotions they felt in the wake of the Arizona shooting rampage. In all, more than 50 marchers gathered on Capitol Hill Saturday night to honor the victims.
The group braved sub-freezing temperatures and gusty winds, marching to the Capitol and up the west steps to hold the vigil.
(CNN) - Senator Russ Feingold's campaign is changing an advertisement which ran afoul of the National Football League Tuesday by using real game video without permission.
The Wisconsin senator's campaign commercial shows several fictitious scenes of football players celebrating on the field –and also one real clip of the famous wide receiver Randy Moss.
"In pro football, they call this excessive celebration," the Democratic incumbent intones over the video, saying players are penalized or fined for it.