Washington (CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is slated to make his first appearance in Iowa as an all-but-certain candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
The Iowa Republican Party announced Monday that Barbour will keynote the first in a series of fundraising dinners designed to strengthen county party organizations across the state. Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn said that other "national political leaders" will appear at future dinners.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Saturday he was "mortified" to hear a top Obama administration official describe Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood as a "largely secular organization."
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made the remark in testimony before a House panel on Tuesday. His office later clarified the statement through a spokeswoman, saying that the Muslim Brotherhood was participating in Egypt's secular political system and that Clapper "is well aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization."
Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin has added a veteran Republican strategist to serve as chief-of-staff for her political action committee, Sarah PAC, CNN has learned.
Michael Glassner, an attorney and longtime adviser to former Kansas senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole, has signed on to steer the former Alaska governor's political operation as she considers a possible 2012 presidential bid.
Washington (CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, an all-but-declared candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, accused the Obama administration Friday of "appeasing" the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as the country navigates a path forward in the wake of President Hosni Mubarak's resignation.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper described the Islamic umbrella group as "a largely secular organization" earlier this week, but later corrected the claim.
Washington (CNN) - South Dakota Sen. John Thune told reporters Friday that Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl's decision to retire - a move that will shake up the ranks of Republican leadership in the Senate - has "not really" changed his thinking about a possible presidential bid.
But, he acknowledged, "things are changing all the time" that could influence his decision-making process.
Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told CNN Friday she will visit the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire "soon" as she explores the possibility of a 2012 presidential bid.
Bachmann spoke only briefly as she walked through the Conservative Political Action Conference with her aides, and offered no further details on the trip. The conference is an annual gathering of conservative activists and is an early testing ground for potential GOP presidential candidates.
Washington (CNN) - As the field of potential Republican presidential candidates searches for staffers and advisers to run their campaigns in the key early nominating states, they can scratch one of South Carolina's top GOP operatives off their lists.
Longtime Columbia-based strategist Terry Sullivan is heading to Capitol Hill, two sources familiar with the decision told CNN, to serve as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's Deputy Chief of Staff.
Washington (CNN) - The unsettled and wide-open state of the 2012 Republican presidential primary race has a fidgety Washington press corps jumping at every new rumor, trial balloon and incremental tidbit emerging from the mouths of the potential candidates and their advisers.
Enter The Donald.
Washington (CNN) - Addressing thousands of grassroots activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, former House Speaker and potential White House contender Newt Gingrich challenged President Obama to model himself after the last Democratic president and "move to the center" in the next year.
Gingrich joked that Obama should be should be invited to headline next year's CPAC in the unlikely event that he accomplishes seven policy goals favored by conservatives.
Washington (CNN) - Fifteen Republicans are on this year's Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll ballot, including one Republican's consider a rock star, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – who says he has no interest in running.
Balloting will be open to the 11,000 conference-goers until Friday evening and the results will be revealed at conclusion of the three-day gathering on Saturday.