Washington (CNN) - One of first lady Michelle Obama's top priorities - promoting child nutrition and combating obesity - is running into a major roadblock in the House of Representatives.
But, in an unusual twist, the opposition is not coming from Republicans. It's coming from liberal Democrats.
A key bloc of House Democrats is threatening to vote against a Senate-passed child nutrition bill because it pays for the new initiatives in part by taking $2.2 billion slated for food stamps.
(CNN) - Conservative Republican senators, led by Jim DeMint of South Carolina, are warning all other senators they will block any attempts to slip controversial legislation through the Senate in the final hours before the upcoming recess, unless they sign off on it first.
"What happens is at the end of a session, crap gets out of here that nobody knows what's in it and we're not going to do it anymore," Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn told CNN.
At issue are last minute requests from senators from both parties to get legislation cleared by unanimous consent, an often-used time saving parliamentary procedure that allows measures to pass without a recorded vote. As a recess approaches, it's common for dozens of measures to pass by UC, as the procedure is known on Capitol Hill.
(CNN) - Wisconsin Republican Senate nominee Ron Johnson is drawing a sharp contrast between himself and his Democratic opponent - one's a lawyer and one isn't.
"There are 100 members of the U.S. Senate. Fifty-seven of them, including Russ Feingold, are lawyers," Johnson says in a new television ad. "That'd be fine if we had a lawsuit to settle. But we have an economy to fix."
In the 30-second spot, Johnson casts himself as a political outsider with the experience to get things done, and Feingold as a Washington insider who lacks the skills needed to fix the country's fiscal problems. It's the type of message being aired across the country in the lead-up to November's midterm elections.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans successfully blocked a bill from coming to the Senate floor Tuesday that Democrats claim would help keep American jobs from going overseas.
Republicans call it nothing more than a pre-election political ploy.
The Democratic bill would have ended certain tax breaks for companies expanding overseas while giving new tax incentives to businesses bringing jobs home.
Washington (CNN) - The challenger in a hotly contested race for a U.S. House seat in central Florida accused Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson on Monday of using misleading edits in a campaign ad to distort his comments.
Former Florida state Rep. Dan Webster said the new ad by Grayson's re-election campaign doesn't accurately portray what the GOP candidate said.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney continued his string of endorsements ahead of the midterm elections Tuesday, throwing his support behind a crop of Maryland Republicans.
The likely 2012 presidential candidate announced his backing of GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Ehrlich, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, and congressional candidates Andy Harris and Charles Lollar. Romney's Free and Strong America PAC will transfer $10,000 to Ehrlich's campaign, and $2,500 to the congressional campaigns.
The endorsements are part of Romney's effort to expand his influence in the GOP ahead of his likely presidential bid. The former Massachusetts governor has made similar endorsements in more than 30 states and pledged to visit 25 states before Election Day.
(CNN) - California Republicans don't usually praise movies that come out of left-leaning Hollywood, but gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is adding her endorsement to a critically acclaimed new film with sharp political overtones.
In a one-minute radio ad released Tuesday, the former eBay executive touts the education documentary "Waiting for Superman."
"I'm Meg Whitman, and I don't normally recommend movies," Whitman says in the ad. "But every parent of a school-aged child in California should see 'Waiting for 'Superman.'"
TOPICS: Repeal or retain new health care law, effect of law on your family and other families
Washington (CNN) - Fewer than one in five Americans say the new health care reform law will help them personally, but a majority believe the measure will help families across the country, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday also indicates that the public remains split over whether the new law should be repealed.