Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - He has one of the most recognizable names in American politics, but there's a lot you don't know about Albert Gore, Jr.
For instance, he was a Green Beret and master parachutist in the Army with 91 jumps under his belt and the rank of colonel. He has a fondness for cigars and pipes, lit or unlit. And in 1998, he retired from a 51-year career as a Methodist minister.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - A California man has agreed to step down from his position as a voting delegate at this week's Democratic National Convention after an incident with police at a local hotel early Sunday morning.
"Earlier this morning, we received reports that indicated two members of the delegation were intoxicated when they arrived at their hotel. Hotel staff noticed that one of the men appeared to be unconscious and immediately called paramedics for assistance. The delegate was taken to a local hospital. He has since recovered and been released," said California Democratic Party spokesman Tenoch Flores in a statement. "Additionally, the other delegate according to several reports, became disruptive with hotel staff and emergency technicians, prompting the hotel to call police. The delegate was not arrested."
(CNN) - Exactly one year after announcing her White House bid on "The Tonight Show," actress and comedian Roseanne Barr won the presidential nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party Saturday in Los Angeles.
Barr's vice presidential running-mate is Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq and anti-war activist best known for her protest outside of then-President George W. Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch.
(CNN) - Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman made headlines recently for his sizable $1 million contribution to a pro-Obama super PAC, but he's hardly the only celebrity who cut a check in support of a presidential hopeful.
Members of the entertainment industry have a long history of sending money to their preferred presidential candidates, usually but not exclusively to Democrats. Below is a non-comprehensive list of some of the celebrities past and present who made a donation in May or June to the major political committees involved in the 2012 race for the White House.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton commanded the largest speaking fees of his career in 2011, earning $13.4 million and exceeding his previous record by 25%.
Clinton's fees were detailed in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's annual financial disclosure report, released Monday. A CNN analysis of those records shows that the former commander-in-chief has earned $89 million from paid speeches since leaving the White House in January 2001.FULL STORY
(CNN) - In the final days before Tuesday's Wisconsin recall election, polls showed incumbent Gov. Scott Walker with a thin edge over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett, which begs the question: Could there be a recount?
While recounts are permitted in the Badger State, there is no mandatory recount triggered by a close vote margin, as they have in Florida and other states.
Candidates running for any office may request a recount of their contest. The state will pay for the recount if the margin is less than 0.5% of the total vote. If the margin is greater than that, the candidate may still request the recount but is then responsible to pay for it.
(CNN) - Voters in five states will head to the polls on Tuesday after a three-week lull in the Republican presidential primary season, a time in which Mitt Romney essentially secured his party's nomination.
Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island will hold primaries, with a total of 204 delegates at stake.
Here's a glimpse of the nuts and bolts for Tuesday's contests.
Washington (CNN) - As the four remaining Republican presidential candidates battle for delegates in Tuesday night's primaries, the man they hope to unseat in November – President Barack Obama – will quietly clinch his party's nomination for a second term as the polls close in Maryland and the District of Columbia at 8:00 p.m.
Like his Republican counterparts, President Obama has been competing in primaries and caucuses this year and picking up delegates along the way. Unlike the Republicans, Obama faces no serious opposition in his quest for renomination.