Bingaman the 4th Democratic senator to retire next year
February 18th, 2011
01:41 PM ET
11 years ago

Bingaman the 4th Democratic senator to retire next year

Washington (CNN) - Add Sen. Jeff Bingaman to the growing list of Democratic senators retiring after next year rather than run for re-election.

The four-term senator from New Mexico will announce later Friday that he will retire after his current term ends next year, a Democratic source confirms to CNN.
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Political Circus: Comic takes a 'Rock' to the Tea Party
February 18th, 2011
01:18 PM ET
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Political Circus: Comic takes a 'Rock' to the Tea Party

Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.

No tea (party) for you!

Funnyman Chris Rock is known for some controversial takes on politics. His latest target is the Tea Party movement. In an interview with Esquire magazine, Rock equates Tea Partiers to kids, who he says always act up the most right before they go to sleep.

"They're going crazy. They're insane," he said. "You want to get rid of them - and the next thing you know, they're f-ing knocked out."
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Bingaman to retire
February 18th, 2011
12:57 PM ET
11 years ago

Bingaman to retire

(CNN) - CNN confirms that Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico will announce later Friday that he will not run for re-election next year.

That will bring to 4 the number of Democratic senators not running for re-election next year.


Filed under: Senate • Senate Democrats • Uncategorized
Napolitano says no to Senate bid in Arizona
February 18th, 2011
12:28 PM ET
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Napolitano says no to Senate bid in Arizona

(CNN) - Remember all that talk over the past week that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was thinking of running next year for the open Senate seat in her home state of Arizona?

Well, you can forget about it. The former Democratic governor of Arizona's apparently not interested.
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Filed under: Arizona • Janet Napolitano
Bachmann relying on faith for 2012 decision
February 18th, 2011
12:11 PM ET
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Bachmann relying on faith for 2012 decision

(CNN) – She's making visits to all the crucial early-voting states, but Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won't run for president unless she feels a sense of "inner assurance."

Speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody, the Minnesota Republican and tea party favorite says prayer and reflection will ultimately drive her decision-making process.
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Coulter 'insanely jealous' of Sarah Palin
February 18th, 2011
11:24 AM ET
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Coulter 'insanely jealous' of Sarah Palin

Washington (CNN) - Conservative columnist Ann Coulter has made some enemies in her years as a right-wing firebrand, but she's still jealous of Sarah Palin's ability to agitate the left.

"I especially love her for her enemies, I'm insanely jealous of that," Coulter said last night on MSNBC. "I love her for how she makes liberal heads explode."
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Filed under: 2012 • Ann Coulter • Sarah Palin
Pawlenty to keynote large tea party event
February 18th, 2011
09:35 AM ET
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Pawlenty to keynote large tea party event

(CNN) - Tim Pawlenty will headline an inaugural policy summit being put on by one of the largest national tea party groups in the U.S.

Tea Party Patriots announced Friday morning that the former Minnesota governor and probable 2012 GOP presidential candidate will be the keynote speaker at their event, titled "American Policy Summit-Pathways to Liberty," which is being held February 25-27 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Filed under: Tea Party movement • Tim Pawlenty
Bachmann previews trip to New Hampshire
February 18th, 2011
09:23 AM ET
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Bachmann previews trip to New Hampshire

Washington (CNN) - Michele Bachmann may not have decided about a presidential run quite yet, but the Minnesota Republican is heaping praise on a critical early-voting state.

"We're live-free-or-die people," Bachmann told New Hampshire's WMUR on Thursday, evoking the Granite State's motto. "We love the state, we love the tax structure."
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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • New Hampshire
Kaine decision to come in a matter of weeks
February 18th, 2011
09:17 AM ET
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Kaine decision to come in a matter of weeks

(CNN) – Tim Kaine spoke with President Obama earlier this week as he considers a potential Senate bid in Virginia, but the Democratic National Committee chairman is still a couple weeks away from making a final decision.

Kaine - a former Virginia governor whom Obama is reportedly lobbying to run for Senate in the wake of Democratic Sen. Jim Webb's retirement announcement – won't announce his plans until the end of February or early March, DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse said.
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Filed under: George Allen • Jim Webb • Tim Kaine • Virginia
Lodging 'on the house' for some members of Congress
February 18th, 2011
09:13 AM ET
11 years ago

Lodging 'on the house' for some members of Congress

Washington (CNN) - After a long day on Capitol Hill, Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh checks into what's become the cheapest hotel in Washington – his own office.

His sofa is not exactly a king size bed. "I gotta be honest. It's horrible. The couch is very uncomfortable," Walsh said. "I've rolled off to a thud," added Walsh, an active sleeper.
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