(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul is vowing to block a confirmation vote on the next FBI director unless he gets sufficient answers from the law enforcement agency about the use of surveillance drones in the United States.
The FBI revealed in a recently unclassified letter to the Kentucky Republican that it has used unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance in 10 cases on U.S. soil - eight of them criminal and two involving national security.
(CNN) – Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, released on Thursday the first television ad buy featuring family members of victims in the Newtown, Connecticut massacre.
In the spots–one is 60 seconds, the other is 90 seconds–family members talk about their loved ones and call on political leaders to embrace tougher gun laws. The ads come more than three months after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in addition to his mother, before taking his own life.
(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make one of her first public appearances since leaving the Obama administration when she speaks at the annual Women in the World Summit next month, the Daily Beast and Newsweek, presenters of the summit, announced Thursday.
Clinton has attended the New York summit every year since it started in 2010. This year's event takes place April 4 and 5.
Washington (CNN) – Add one more high-profile name to the list of those making surprising, last-minute stops to Pennsylvania just days before Election Day: Former President Bill Clinton.
After Mitt Romney's campaign said Thursday that the GOP presidential nominee and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, would both stump in the Keystone State this weekend, an Obama campaign official confirmed Friday that the 42nd president would also hit the Pennsylvania trail.
(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton will campaign with President Barack Obama in Los Angeles a week from Sunday, an Obama campaign aide told CNN on Thursday.
The campaign is using the joint appearance to raise money.
(CNN) - Crossroads GPS, the private arm for the Karl Rove-backed super PAC American Crossroads, released a new television ad Tuesday blaming President Barack Obama for the still-lagging economy.
The ad opens with CBS News anchor Scott Pelley saying in a July newscast, "Good evening. This is the worst economic recovery America has ever had."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama will hold a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, next week, an official from his re-election team said Tuesday.
The event, set for July 10, comes a few days after the president goes on a bus tour in two other crucial battleground states: Pennsylvania and Ohio.
(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum met with former opponent Rick Perry earlier this week, CNN confirmed Friday.
"We viewed it was a courtesy visit," Perry's spokesman Ray Sullivan said, without discussing specifics of the conversation.
(CNN) - The campaign of Herman Cain again worked to clarify his stance on abortion Thursday night after the GOP presidential candidate raised new questions at a Texas campaign stop when he said he was "pro-life, no exceptions."
The "no exceptions" phrase seemed to contradict statements Cain recently made, suggesting abortion rights should be a family's decision when it came to cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother was in danger.
(CNN) - Under pressure and amid threats of candidates boycotting the state, the Nevada Republican Party pushed back the date of its caucus to February 4.
The state's GOP central committee voted in overwhelming favor of the new date on Saturday.