Washington (CNN) - The family and friends of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson will sponsor a major three-day civil rights summit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act he signed – and hope this can help them broaden the image many have of the 36th president.
Some allies of Johnson feel the Vietnam War is the only prism through which the public now sees Johnson and his presidency and are working to make sure some of his major domestic achievements receive more recognition.
Washington (CNN) – Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, recovering from a 2011 gunshot wound to the head, and her husband Mark Kelly will write a book to be issued later this year on gun rights and gun violence, their publisher, Scribner, announced Tuesday.
The book, "Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence," is set to be published in June.
Washington (CNN) – The major super PAC that supported President Obama's re-election now will begin raising money to help elect Hillary Clinton to the White House if she chooses to run, the group confirmed to CNN.
Priorities USA Action is reaching out to major Democratic donors as it starts to build support for her potential run and plans to raise tens of millions of dollars to begin to lay the groundwork for a potential candidacy.
Washington (CNN) – Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is expected to soon announce he will seek the Republican nomination for the Senate seat in Virginia currently held by Democrat Mark Warner, who is running for re-election next year, a Republican familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN.
He has informed some party leaders he will mount the campaign after testing the waters and could announce his candidacy as early as next week the source said.
Washington (CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush, a leader of one of the nation's most prominent Republican families, was honored Tuesday for his years of public service and leadership for civil rights - by a foundation named for his Texan predecessor and also one of the nation's most noted Democratic presidents.
Bush was given the LBJ Liberty and Justice for All Award by the LBJ Foundation.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama and two Republicans who may be running to succeed him in 2016 will be speaking at the same Washington event later this month.
The President along with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, will speak at the annual meeting of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, organizers announced.
Updated 11/6/2013 at 10:25 a.m. ET
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden called several winners in Tuesday's elections, including reaching out to the new mayor of a town in Iowa - a contest that had garnered national attention, an official in the Vice President's office confirmed.
The Vice President reached out to Tuesday evening to new Coralville, Iowa mayor John Lundell after Americans For Prosperity, a group linked to the Koch Brothers, weighed in against his candidacy and that of two city council members. The conservative national advocacy group got involved because of the city's debt.
Updated 3:45 p.m. ET, 11/5/2013
Washington (CNN) - Former Clinton emergency management official and Arkansas native James Lee Witt announced Tuesday he will run for Congress.
Witt, a Democrat and former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during Bill Clinton's administration, will seek to represent the Fourth Congressional District, where he lives and which covers the southwest area of the state.
Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration is going to kick off what it calls "a grassroots effort" to encourage more enrollment by the uninsured in the new health care exchanges, an administration official confirmed to CNN Wednesday.
"We are planning to deploy White House officials and Cabinet Secretaries to the 10 cities across the country with the highest rates of uninsured Americans to do enrollment events and other grassroots activities. These cities and metropolitan areas include Dallas; Houston; Miami; Atlanta; Phoenix/Tucson; North Jersey; Tampa; Orlando; Detroit and San Antonio," the official said.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is among those who will be traveling. She will visit Phoenix, Arizona, and Austin and San Antonio, Texas, later this week, a second official told CNN.
(CNN) - While the White House vows it doesn't want to set a precedent negotiating policy proposals to be included in a debt ceiling increase — calling it extortion - there have been discussions in the past surrounding such a hike and Congress has attached other issues to raising the limit a number of times.
The House and Senate, in November 1989, agreed as part of a debt ceiling increase to repeal a tax rule approved three years earlier barring discrimination in employer-paid health insurance plans.