Washington (CNN) - The public will get to see more of the private thoughts and photos of former President George Herbert Walker Bush next week on topics ranging from the bitter 2000 election featuring his son, the Supreme Court decision that decided the outcome of that campaign, the younger Bush's presidency, the Sept. 11th attacks and his unique partnership and friendship with his one-time rival, former President Bill Clinton.
On Tuesday the publisher Scribner will release an updated version of Bush's 1999 book All The Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings.
Washington (CNN) - With the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts about to take effect, several major unions are launching a new ad campaign aimed at putting the blame on some leading congressional Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
They say there will be major problems if the cuts are not stopped.
Washington (CNN) – A pro-President Barack Obama advocacy group launched its first ad campaign Friday as it tries to convince Congressional Republicans to support broader gun background checks, one of the White House’s major gun control priorities.
The ads from Organizing for Action, an independent group being run by some former Obama campaign officials, is part of a day-long effort on the guns issue. The group is sponsoring 100 events in 80 Congressional districts to generate support for the major gun control proposals being pushed by the White House. The events range from press conferences to candlelight vigils to petition drives for members of Congress.
(CNN) – As Vice President Joe Biden heads to Connecticut on Thursday in a bid to generate support for sweeping gun control proposals, the National Rifle Association is trying to flex its political muscle by ramping up its campaign to oppose those initiatives.
On Thursday, readers in local newspapers in five key states – Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina and West Virginia – will see an NRA ad headlined in bold: "Will Obama's gun control proposals work? His own experts say 'No,'" the group told CNN.
Washington (CNN) - As with any State of the Union address, President Barack Obama this year had several audiences and there were multiple aims for the White House: To show that he understands the economy is still struggling and that he will do more to help the unemployed find jobs, and to portray a different side of himself than what was seen on Inauguration Day - one willing to reach out to the other party.
While the president did offer some new proposals - including increasing the minimum wage and guaranteeing preschool - many of the ideas he pushed were repeating what he had previously offered but went nowhere in divided Washington. And we saw a president trying to expand the use of executive power to help push his agenda.
Here are five things we learned Tuesday night:FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The National Rifle Association is trying to build momentum against the proposed expansion of background checks for gun purchases.
At a gun show in the Virginia suburbs this weekend the NRA's lobbying arm set up a booth to lobby against the gun control measures being pushed by the White House. Prominently displayed at the booth were two signs – one opposing the bill being pushed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, that would ban military style assault weapons and the other was against imposing universal background checks saying they "would not be universal."
Washington (CNN) – A conservative advocacy group, the American Future Fund, is intensifying its campaign to defeat Chuck Hagel, the defense secretary nominee, with a new national ad highlighting some of his comments from last week's confirmation hearing widely-panned by critics.
The ad, entitled "Novice," is set to air nationally on some of the talk shows this coming Sunday and uses clips that paint Hagel's testimony in a poor light. In one clip he is asked about past comments he made that Israel was keeping "Palestinians caged up like animals." When asked about the remark, the ad uses part of Hagel's response aid at the hearing when he said "I don't remember the context or when I said it."
Washington (CNN) - Some Republicans see Karl Rove as a political genius, masterminding winning campaigns at every level on the ballot, including the White House. Others call him a "fake conservative" and a symbol of what's wrong with the party.
A Rove-affiliated super PAC's efforts to push what it believes will be more electable congressional candidates - and the backlash it has created - is symbolic of the battle for the soul of the GOP.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A day after pushing the administration's gun control proposals on the road in Minnesota, President Obama will sit down with groups to push for immigration reform Tuesday, White House officials said.
The president will meet with leaders of labor unions, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and and Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, as well as representatives of progressive groups, like the NAACP and the Center for American Progress, and key immigration reform groups.