[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/06/art.mccain.gi1006.jpg caption="Sen. John McCain is coming to Virginia to campaign for Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bob McDonnell."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - For the second time this year, Sen. John McCain is coming to Virginia to campaign for Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bob McDonnell.
McDonnell's campaign also said Monday that ESPN college football analyst Lou Holtz, the former Notre Dame and South Carolina head coach, will campaign for the Republican in Richmond on October 26. McDonnell is a graduate of Notre Dame.
McCain, the Arizona senator and Navy hero, is holding a rally for veterans on October 17 in Hampton Roads, a region of the state with a heavy military population. McDonnell was a frequent campaign surrogate for McCain when the senator was GOP presidential nominee in 2008.
McCain also raised money for McDonnell in March.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Congressional hearings called by Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold - one of the leading Democratic critics of executive branch "czars" who do not require Senate confirmation - drew a dismissive shrug from the White House Tuesday.
"I would assume that Congress and Senator Feingold have more weighty topics to grapple with than - than something like this," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters. The White House did not send a witness to Tuesday's hearing.
The administration's absence drew criticism from Feingold, whose hearing examined the history and legality of the positions.
"I called this hearing today because I think this is a serious issue that deserves serious study," Feingold, chairman of the Senate Judiciary constitution subcommittee, said in his opening statement.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/06/art.letterman.gi.jpg caption="Leterman is issuing another apology to Sarah Palin."]
(CNN) - As long as David Letterman is apologizing after revelations he had sexual relations with members of his staff, why not throw an extra one in to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin?
The embattled late night comedian wrapped up his lengthy apology to his staff and family Monday night with a light-hearted reference to the public spat he and Palin had three months ago over an inappropriate joke.
"Through all of this, you have to ask yourself what really happened. And what really happened was you can't be victimized by criminals. So you have to go ahead and push back if you're being pushed by something illegal like this," Letterman told his audience Monday.
"And through all of the heartache, and the attention, and the embarrassment, I still feel like I did the right thing, and now also, because what can it hurt, once again I'd like to apologize to the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. I'm terribly, terribly sorry. So there we go," he added to cheers from the crowd.
Letterman joked in June that Palin's "daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez" at a recent Yankees game, but later insisted he was referring to Palin's 18-year-old, Bristol, who gave birth to a boy in December, and not the 14-year-old Willow who actually attended the game.
Palin, John McCain's running mate in last year's presidential election, called the joke "inappropriate" and "sexually perverted," and a Palin spokeswoman said it would be wise to "keep Willow away from David Letterman."
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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Minnesota Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann said congressional Democrats were not guaranteeing lawmakers enough time to read the final version of health care reform legislation before they vote, telling conservative bloggers Tuesday that the majority party might be more interested in giving President Obama a political victory than in passing an effective plan.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently pledged to post the final bill online for at least 72 hours before the House votes. But Bachmann said Pelosi's pledge is not enough.
"Three days is an embarrassment," Bachmann said Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation's weekly blogger lunch. "It shows how embarrassed these Democrats are of their bill. They know this health care bill is radioactive with the American public and if they give the American public more than three days to read this bill, all hell might break loose and they might never get this bill actually passed and done.
"It shows, again, that they have no confidence in their health care bill. They have no confidence in their leadership to be able to explain this bill."
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/13/art.pence.jpg caption="Indiana Rep. Mike Pence might be eyeing a White House bid."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Indiana Rep. Mike Pence has given high-profile speeches to conservative groups and journeyed to the presidential primary states of Iowa and South Carolina, travels that have generated chatter among Republican insiders that he might seek the presidency in 2012.
Now Pence is heading back to South Carolina once again, this time to raise money next Monday for his fellow congressman Gresham Barrett, who is leaving his seat in the House to run for governor. Pence has also lined up a meeting with the Charleston County Republican Party executive committee, a visit that was initiated by the congressman.
"He was coming down here for Gresham, and as a result of being here he called and offered if he could stop by and say hi," Charleston County GOP chairwoman Lin Bennett told CNN. Asked if she thought the appointment means Pence is putting feelers out for possible White House bid, Bennett said, "It does, but that's okay."
"That kind of thing usually starts to happen this time," she said, describing past meetings with possible presidential contenders. "I just hope it doesn't happen as early this time as it did during the last cycle."
Pence made an earlier trip to South Carolina in May 2008 to headline the state GOP's annual "Silver Elephant Dinner," which offered the congressman a chance to meet some of the state's top Republican players. Another Palmetto State connection: Pence's direct mail firm is Lexington-based Starboard Communications, which is headed up by Walter Whetsell, one of the state's top political consultants.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/10/06/acorn.press.club/art.bertha.lewis.afp.gi.jpg caption="ACORN leader Bertha Lewis defends her group at the National Press Club on Tuesday in Washington."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The head of ACORN on Tuesday sharply deplored recent videos showing some of the group's workers advising people how to set up a prostitution business.
"It made my stomach turn," Bertha Lewis, chief executive officer of ACORN, told reporters at the National Press Club in Washington. "It just made you sick."
ACORN workers who did perform their tasks properly "did not deserve to have co workers who did not live up to their standards," Lewis said.
"So yes, I terminated those employees."
At the same time, Lewis defended the community organizing group and punched back at widespread criticism, touting the group's efforts in helping poor people in the areas of housing and voting.
She backed up the group's legal action in Maryland against the makers of one of the videos. Video, shot with a hidden camera, shows conservative activists posing as a pimp and a prostitute. Lewis said that "we want to hold them accountable" for what she said was breaking the law.
Similar videos were made at other ACORN offices.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Top House Democrats on Tuesday slammed insurers who claim that domestic violence is a pre-existing condition that can be used to deny coverage to battered women.
They pledged to incorporate a ban on the practice in the health care reform legislation currently winding its way through Congress.
Forty-two states have already passed such a prohibition, according to a recent report from the National Women's Law Center. Idaho, Mississippi, North
Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Wyoming and the District of Columbia have not, however.
"Think of this," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. "You've survived domestic violence, and now you are discriminated (against) in the insurance market because you have a pre-existing medical condition. Well, that will all be gone."
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(CNN) - In Delaware, the Republicans got the man they were looking for.
Rep. Mike Castle announced Tuesday that he'll seek the Senate seat once held by Vice President Joe Biden. What makes this race even more intriguing is that the nine-term congressman, who represents the entire state of Delaware, could face off next year against one of Biden's sons.
"It has never been more important for Delaware to have the strongest and most experienced leadership to represent us in Washington. We are best served by an experienced, independent voice and that is why I am announcing my intention to run for the United States Senate," said Castle at a news conference in Wilmington, the state's largest city.
Castle, a former two-term governor, said that his official campaign kickoff will come later.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/06/art.castle.gi.jpg caption="Castle will make a run for Senate."](CNN) – Rep. Mike Castle, R-Delaware, will announce at noon Tuesday that he will seek the Senate seat once held by Vice President Joe Biden, two sources tell CNN.
Castle is a former governor who was elected to the House in 1992. His entry into the race triggered the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report to characterize the contest late Tuesday morning as a "Lean Takeover" in its 2010 race ratings.
Democrats are now waiting to see if Vice President Biden's son, Beau, declares his candidacy for the seat. Beau Biden is the Delaware attorney general. He recently returned home after spending a year with his Army National Guard unit in Iraq.
- CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
Black Entertainment Television (BET) co-founder Sheila Johnson has apologized for pretending to stutter at a campaign event where she mimicked Virginia's Democratic candidate for governor Creigh Deeds.
As if negative TV campaign ads weren't enough, video showing Johnson mock Democrat Creigh Deeds is now swirling around on the internet.
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