(CNN) – The weight loss surgery Gov. Chris Christie underwent in February was not a precursor to seeking higher office, the New Jersey Republican asserted Tuesday.
Christie, speaking in public for the first time since his surgery was revealed, said the decision instead was based on his commitment to his family.
(CNN) – The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee offered legislation Monday that would allow the United States to provide lethal weapons to the Syrian opposition, a step President Barack Obama has yet to publicaly endorse.
Sen. Robert Menendez's bill would allow U.S.-provided arms, military training and supplies to go to groups that have been vetted and cleared, and establish a $250 million fund to help support a political transition in Syria, where a civil war has been waged for over 2 years.
(CNN) – The organization formed from President Barack Obama's presidential campaign stressed Monday their fight for tighter restrictions on guns didn't end with the issue's defeat in Congress.
Organizing for Action, which actively promoted Obama's gun control agenda in the months leading up to the April vote, will expand their field effort now that some lawmakers are discussing bringing gun control back up for a vote in Washington.
(CNN) – A better-than-expected jobs report Friday was still cause for concern among Republicans, who said the wide swath of Americans still looking for work were being poorly served by President Barack Obama's policies.
"Today's jobs report brings some good news for a lucky few who found jobs–but not nearly enough hope for the millions of Americans who still need work," wrote Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement issued shortly after the jobs report's release. He singled out the Affordable Care Act, Obama's sweeping health care law, as a cause for further unemployment.
(CNN) – The route to legal status for undocumented immigrants, spelled out in pending Senate legislation, could be made even tougher by Congress, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio wrote in an op-ed Friday.
Rubio is one of the most high profile members of a bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators who unveiled immigration reform legislation last month that includes an eventual pathway to citizenship for many undocumented immigrants. It also mandates tighter border security and better enforcement of current immigration laws.
(CNN) – Rep. Ed Markey, who became the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts earlier this week, will get a boost later this month from first lady Michelle Obama, who will travel to the state for a fundraising event.
The event on May 29, reported first by the Boston Globe and confirmed to CNN by a Democratic official, will mark Michelle Obama's first solo fundraising event since last year's presidential election. Tickets for the event start at $500, the official said.
(CNN) – It was a tense moment on an emotionally charged topic: the daughter of the slain principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School asking Sen. Kelly Ayotte why, in mid-April, she voted against bolstering background checks on gun sales.
"I'm just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the halls of her elementary school isn't as important" as inconveniencing gun sellers, asked Erica Lafferty, daughter of Dawn Hochsprung.
(CNN) – Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli are both introducing themselves to Virginia voters in biographical television spots six months before the commonwealth chooses its next governor.
(CNN) – After weathering a political and personal scandal that made her the subject of glaring media scrutiny, Paula Broadwell says she's ready to move forward.
The former Army reservist who became romantically involved with Gen. David Petraeus while penning his biography, and was later accused of sending threatening e-mails to another woman, Broadwell told a local television station in Charlotte she's returning to the faith-based environment of her childhood.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama tapped the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday to head his Department of Transportation.
If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx would replace Ray LaHood, who said in January he wouldn't serve a second term. LaHood has said he will remain in his post until a successor is confirmed. The transportation secretary is responsible for overseeing the nation's roads, airports and railways.