Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) – Newt Gingrich's campaign vehemently denied any wrongdoing following an ABC News report Tuesday that questions business practices between two of his organizations, one a for-profit business and the other a charity.
"Despite all the innuendo in the ABC story, their team of journalists did not find any activity that was not fully supported by the law," the GOP presidential candidate's Communications Director Joe DeSantis wrote in a statement.
Washington (CNN) - Rightly or wrongly, here’s one reason why some major Obama big business 2008 campaign supporters now have reservations about supporting him again. It involves a huge Boeing investment in a new assembly plant in Charleston, South Carolina.
Boeing has spent about $750 million so far in building the 787 Dreamliner plant and has already hired 1,000 workers. The plant is supposed to open in the coming days, but the National Labor Relations Board is threatening to shut it down. NLRB officials say Boeing could be in violation of labor relations laws.FULL STORY
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Ethanol subsidies are still alive and kickin'.
The Senate rejected an amendment Tuesday that would have put an abrupt stop to tax breaks and incentives for corn-based ethanol products popular with farm-state lawmakers.FULL STORY
New York (CNN) -Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has said he is considering running for the Republican presidential nomination, is in the middle of a cross country swing talking to key constituencies including those in the Big Apple.
On Tuesday night he addresses about 200 at a sold-out New York County Republican dinner. At the dinner Perry is replacing Donald Trump, who pulled out after he decided not to run for president.
Washington (CNN) - The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday endorsed Leon Panetta's nomination to become defense secretary when Robert Gates steps down at the end of June.
A brief statement from committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin's office said a unanimous voice vote sent Panetta's nomination to the full Senate for consideration. Committee approval was widely expected after Panetta, the current CIA director, received bipartisan support during last week's confirmation hearing.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - When fed up House Democratic leaders called on Anthony Weiner to resign last weekend, they were hoping to keep what they consider a disruptive political distraction from entering a third week.
But Weiner did not step down, and Tuesday outside the House Democrats first meeting since Weiner admitted to sending lewd Twitter messages, frustration among some of his colleagues was palpable.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama made a rare presidential visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, greeting a cheering crowd to start a five-hour trip aimed as much at Puerto Ricans on the mainland as those on the island.
The roughly 4 million residents of the U.S. Caribbean territory are American citizens but can't vote for president, while the almost 5 million Puerto Ricans living in the 50 U.S. states have full voting rights, and Obama needs strong support in 2012 from what traditionally has been a largely Democratic constituency.FULL STORY
Derry, New Hampshire (CNN) - The day after he emerged unscathed from his first appearance in a Republican presidential debate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney embraced his frontrunner status on Tuesday, walking the streets of New Hampshire with a noticeable bounce to his step and a clear focus on November 2012.
With his Republican rivals declining to attack Romney during Monday's debate and doing little to upend his standing in the polls, Romney took a pack of reporters on an early morning victory lap through a diner in Manchester and several businesses in nearby Derry.
(CNN) - Former Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman will formally announce his bid for the presidency next week at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, with the Statue of Liberty as the backdrop, a Republican source told CNN on Tuesday.
Huntsman was Utah's governor from 2005-2009 before President Barack Obama - the man Huntsman will be vying to unseat - appointed him to the top diplomatic post in Beijing. That service, as well as his break with GOP orthodoxy on issues like climate change and civil unions, are likely to be fodder for his rivals in the Republican primaries.FULL STORY
(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner is now has joined the bipartisan chorus of lawmakers who say they think New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner should resign.
When asked Tuesday by reporters whether Weiner should step down, Boehner simply said "yes."