New York (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke starkly Thursday about ivory poaching in Africa, warning the practice funds terrorism in one of the world's tumultuous regions and could push the elephant species to extinction.
"There is growing evidence that the terrorist groups stalking Africa, including Al-Shabaab with its horrific attack on the mall in Nairobi, fund their terrorist activities to a great extent from ivory trafficking," Clinton told attendees at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting.
Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) - Greeted with elaborate fanfare and a hallway full of supporters, Mitt Romney filed for his candidacy in New Hampshire Monday, joking that "hopefully this time it will take."
Romney was accompanied by his newest big-name endorsement, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman highlighted his musical background on a jaunt through downtown Manchester Wednesday, greeting voters as part of a ramped-up effort by his campaign to gain ground in this must-win state.
Huntsman was persuaded to play a keyboard while visiting a music store on the city's historic thoroughfare. The politician, who dropped out of high school to join a band, couldn't resist and bent over the keys to play the Charlie Brown theme song.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - If the government does not take drastic steps, another deep water oil spill like the BP spill in the Gulf could devastate the United States' coast, warned an oversight commission Tuesday in a long-awaited report to the president.
More research, funding and oversight are needed to help prevent another disaster, concluded the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
Cincinnati, Ohio (CNN) - When Nancy Pelosi handed off the gavel to John Boehner Wednesday, friends of the Ohio Republican in the bar where he grew up raised a glass in his honor.
"We all did a shot of Crown (Royal)," said Vicky Bauer, the owner of Andy's Bar, which was founded by Boehner's grandfather. "We all did a toast."
Watch: CNN's Mark Preston visits Boehner's father's bar where the new House Speaker worked as a teenager, after the jump
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Democrats said they were hopeful they had pulled off "a Christmas miracle" by gaining enough votes to pass a health care bill benefiting 9/11 rescue workers.
Long-time champion of the bill, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, said in the past 48 hours Democrats had retooled the measure to gain Republican support. He said Democrats would introduce the bill after the last vote on the START nuclear arms treaty, which has occupied the Senate for several days.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi toasted incoming congressional freshmen at a welcome reception Sunday and told them to "cherish the moment" of their arrival on Capitol Hill, an attendee told CNN.
Pelosi also invited members to tour her well-appointed offices, said Rep.-elect Karen Bass, D-California.
(CNN) - Given another chance to clarify remarks about extending tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, a White House adviser refused to discuss a possible compromise during Congress' lame duck session.
But Senior Adviser David Axelrod left the door open for discussion with Republicans on a temporary extension deal.
Charles Town, WV (CNN) - As he stumps for a string of Republicans in increasingly bitter races, Sen. John McCain warned candidates against overconfidence and defended recent searing attacks on his Democratic colleagues.
"These are harsh times," he said, in response to a reporter's question about his criticism of Sen. Barbara Boxer and a conference call in which he slammed Sen. Patty Murray over the use of earmarks.
(CNN) -– If you’re being chased by a crocodile, is it better to run in a zigzag?
President Barack Obama will debunk a myth like this crocodile stumper when he appears on the Discovery Channel’s show “MythBusters” on December 8. White House officials said the appearance is part of the president’s efforts to “show young people how cool science can be,” a goal he announced in 2009.
On Monday the president will host science fair winners from across the country at the White House, which Obama’s Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes said was modeled after similar events celebrating victorious sports teams.