Washington (CNN) – From staging rallies to mounting a caravan through California to setting up phone banks to more private lobbying activists on all sides of the immigration issue are vowing a month of activities to try to push members of Congress and the public over immigration reform during the coming congressional recess.
A coalition called the Alliance for Citizenship, comprised of groups ranging from the AFL-CIO to the Service Employees International Union to La Raza and other Hispanic groups, will stage about 300 events across the country during August to push the House to also pass comprehensive immigration reform. It is calling its effort "Immigration Reform Summer."
Washington (CNN) - As Congress leaves town for its August recess, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are trying to lay the groundwork for who will have the most leverage when they return to take up the issues of funding the federal government and raising the nation's borrowing limit.
Both sides say the stakes are high - that may be the only thing they agree on.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – A conservative group which has led the opposition to Obamacare is taking to the airwaves with its largest buy of the year emphasizing some of the questions surrounding the implementation of the health care reform initiative.
In its new spot, Americans for Prosperity features a family physician Dr. Mary Ellen Gallagher saying into the camera "Obamacare has me worried." She goes on to say in the commercial beginning to air Wednesday "Can I still work with parents to decide what is best for their kids or will the government be in the middle of things? Will my time be spent navigating a complicated system or helping people get well?" The commercial ends with the doctor stating "What will happen to my patients if I have to close my practice? I think there are still a lot of questions."
Updated at 4:01 p.m. ET on 7/30
Chattanooga, Tennessee (CNN) – On the face of it picking Tennessee as the next stop on President Obama's job tour was an unusual choice.
In the last week he spoke in two states that were clearly in his column last year: Illinois and Florida. FULL POST
Washington (CNN) - A major union pushing for immigration reform will launch a new Spanish-language online ad campaign on Monday that highlights comments by Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, which were widely condemned as reprehensible because he portrayed many of the children of undocumented immigrants as drug traffickers.
The ad from the Service Employees International Union will run in the districts of seven House Republicans. They use King’s comments from an interview earlier this month with the conservative media outlet Newsmax, where he discussed children of immigrants who want to gain U.S. citizenship if they have graduated high school or served in the military - the so-called “DREAMers.”
Washington (CNN) - Robert Dole knew his share of Washington fights - as the Republican vice presidential and presidential nominee and as both Senate majority and minority leader.
But as he celebrates his 90th birthday on Monday, he told CNN he believes the tone in Washington is much more bitter - and that is not helping the country.FULL STORY
(CNN) - As the political battles over Obamacare intensify this week, a political advocacy group supportive of the law is going on the air to help build support for it by highlighting some of the benefits.
The spot from Americans United for Change, "Hands Off Obamacare," will start running as early as Thursday on national cable and will continue through next week.
The commercial highlights news announced by New York state that individuals buying their own individual health care policies will see their premiums go down, thanks to the new law as well some of its other benefits.
Washington (CNN) – The grassroots group Organizing for Action, the successor to President Barack Obama's campaign organization, reported Friday it almost doubled the amount of money it brought in during the second quarter of this year compared to the preceding three months.
OFA, a non-profit, is a private advocacy group formed following the 2012 election to push the policy priorities of the White House. It has access to the Obama re-election campaign's list of supporters. Several former officials from the campaign now work with OFA.
Updated at 10:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 9
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has tapped major fundraisers for two of the most coveted ambassadorships.
The White House announced on Tuesday that Matthew Barzun was nominated to be the next ambassador to the United Kingdom, and John Phillips as the next envoy to Italy.
(CNN) - Dueling ads over Obamacare will hit the airwaves this week, as a conservative group raises questions about the rollout of the president's sweeping health care reform, while a group on the other end of the political spectrum unveils a new TV spot seeking to defend the comprehensive program.
The conservative group Americans for Prosperity is the latest organization to launch a major ad campaign attacking Obamacare, a spokesman has confirmed to CNN. The ad buy is expected to eventually total $1 million and run nationally, with an initial rollout of $700,000 worth of television and online ads that will air in Virginia and Ohio beginning Tuesday.