Los Angeles (CNN) - Prominent social conservative Tony Perkins called on political activists Thursday evening to withhold contributions to Republican campaign committees, as the GOP is embroiled in a debate over social issues.
Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, made the request in an email to supporters of his organization, as members of the Republican National Committee met in California to discuss campaign strategy and political messaging.
Los Angeles (CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline a GOP fundraiser next month in New Hampshire, a move that will fuel speculation he is seriously eyeing a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Jindal will raise money for the campaign arm of state Senate Republicans at an event in Manchester with ticket prices running from $100 to $5,000, CNN has learned.
Los Angeles (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney will address members of the Republican National Committee gathering here in California this week for strategy sessions on how to broaden the GOP’s appeal with voters.
It is unclear what topic Cheney will speak on, but this is the first formal gathering of national party members since RNC Chairman Reince Priebus issued a report last month examining all aspects of the national party, including what steps the GOP should take to reach out to new voters, specifically Asian Americans, blacks, Hispanics and young people.
CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for April 5, 2013 | 5 p.m.
— n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
DEVELOPING: OBAMA APOLOGIZES OVER “BEST LOOKING” REMARK California's attorney general received an apology call from President Barack Obama Thursday after he told a crowd of Democratic donors she was "by far the best looking attorney general."
"The president did speak with Attorney General [Kamala] Harris last night after he came back from his trip," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in response to CNN’s Brianna Keilar’s question about Obama’s comment. "He called her to apologize for the distraction created by his comments."
JOBS REPORT: REPORT SHOWS 88,000 JOBS CREATED IN MARCH; UNEMPLOYMENT DOWN TO 7.6%
What seemed like good news in Friday's jobs report was a little less than that - the unemployment rate fell, but not because more people found work. Instead, the rate was lower because nearly 500,000 people told a Labor Department survey they were no longer in the labor force, which includes people with a job or looking for one. - Tami Luhby LINK
2016 MOMENT: PERRY’S PRESIDENTIAL DOOR REMAINS OPEN. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been open about the possibility that he may once again seek the GOP presidential nomination and today on
“The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” he spoke about his timeline on the decision making process. “I've got 55 days left of the men and women who are working in this building behind me, the Texas capital. Our legislature will be leaving in approximately 55 days. And hopefully with a great budget put together and continuing to make Texas the epicenter for economic growth in this country. And at that particular point in time, I'll sit down with friends and family and make a decision about 2016.”
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks slumped Friday after a sorely disappointing jobs report. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 40 points, or 0.3%. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% and the Nasdaq dropped 0.7%. All three indexes were twice as deep in the red earlier in the day.
National Harbor, Maryland (CNN) - Under a large banner that proclaimed "America's Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives," the Oak Ridge Boys and Lee Greenwood belted out tunes such as "The Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Elvira" over back-to-back nights at the just-wrapped Conservative Political Action Conference.
Hardly Justin Bieber or Carrie Underwood.
(CNN) – The Republican Party of Florida will donate $300,000 to charity, in an effort to wash itself of a scandal that forced Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll to resign early this week, CNN has learned.
The Florida GOP was shedding donations from Allied Veterans of the World and affiliated entities, an allegedly corrupt charity that Carroll consulted for in 2009 and 2010.
Washington (CNN) – A group of Republican veterans are forming a super PAC to fund a new effort to refocus the party's messaging and policy goals, in an attempt to broaden the GOP's appeal beyond its traditional demographic base.
"The goal is simple," said Alex Castellanos, who is spearheading the project, NewRepublican.org. "Help move the GOP move forward and renew our brand."
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul called on his fellow Republicans to be more welcoming of immigrants Tuesday night in a speech where he also sharply criticized President Barack Obama and his congressional colleagues for failing to reduce the nation's debt.
"We are the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity, therefore we must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better future," the Kentucky Republican said during the "tea party response" to Obama's State of the Union address. "We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities. We must be the party that says, 'If you want to work, if you want to become an American, we welcome you.'"
Washington (CNN) – The National Rifle Association will assert that President Barack Obama’s attempt to enact new gun control laws will result in the “confiscation” of people’s firearms in a new web video scheduled to run in five states and the District of Columbia.
The video went online around the time Obama began delivering his State of the Union address Tuesday. In the speech, Obama mentioned his effort to reduce gun violence through legislative means.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul will call on his fellow Republicans to be more welcoming of immigrants Tuesday night in a speech where he will also sharply criticize President Barack Obama and his congressional colleagues for failing to reduce the nation's debt.
"We are the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity, therefore we must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better future," the Kentucky Republican is expected to say in the tea party response to Obama's State of the Union address, according to an advanced text of his remarks acquired by CNN. "We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities. We must be the party that says, 'If you want to work, if you want to become an American, we welcome you.'"
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