(CNN) – With the Easter Bunny at his side, President Barack Obama kicked off the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll Monday while receiving a warning from the first lady not to get too competitive.
"I think the president is going to try to beat a three-year old," Michelle Obama said as the president shrugged his shoulders. "I hope he does not."FULL STORY
(CNN) – Rick Santorum's daughter Bella is expected to be released from the hospital on Monday, spokesperson Hogan Gidley confirmed to CNN.
The presidential candidate's daughter was taken to the hospital last week. Santorum postponed his campaign events Monday to be with his three-year-old daughter, who suffers from Trisomy 18, a chromosomal condition.
(CNN) – Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren raised $6.9 million in the first quarter of 2012, more than doubling incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown's haul, according to her campaign.
Despite her fundraising advantage in the first three months of the year, Brown has $4 million more cash on hand heading into the 2012 election, at $15 million.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney's presidential campaign said Monday they were pulling a television ad hitting rival Rick Santorum while the former senator tends to his young daughter, who was admitted to a hospital Friday.
The sharply negative ad, which was set to begin airing in the upcoming primary battleground Pennsylvania, highlighted Santorum's 2006 reelection loss in the state. The ad was replaced on television stations by a positive spot called "Conservative Record," which highlights Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts.
(CNN) – A tough battle for Indiana's Republican Senate nomination got uglier Monday as the National Rifle Association began airing television ads blasting incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar for failing to uphold gun ownership rights.
The group has endorsed Lugar's challenger, Indiana state treasurer Richard Mourdock, ahead of the May 8 GOP senate primary. The race against Mourdock has seen Lugar, a six-term veteran of the U.S. Senate, challenged by tea party groups and others who proclaim him to be too moderate.
(CNN) – Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who has long been an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama, used scathing language in a tweet Saturday to condemn the president's remarks about the Supreme Court last week.
"Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law," Grassley wrote, using typical shorthand for the social networking website.
(CNN) – Your guide to where the race stands for the Republican presidential nomination:
GOP delegate estimate (as of 4/07/2012):
- Mitt Romney: 659
- Rick Santorum: 275
- Newt Gingrich: 140
- Ron Paul: 71
Needed to clinch GOP nomination: 1,144
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CNN: Gingrich: Romney the 'most likely' GOP nominee
None of the remaining candidates in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination appear prepared to concede the race to Mitt Romney, but that doesn't mean they can't see how it may likely end. "I think you have to be realistic," Newt Gingrich said on "Fox News Sunday." "Given the size of his organization, given the number of primaries he's won, he is far and away the most likely Republican nominee."
CNN: DNC chair says Republicans rooting for bad economy
Republicans looking to defeat President Barack Obama in November’s general election are rooting for the American economy to fail, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said in an interview Sunday. Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said criticism from Republicans on Friday’s worse-than-expected jobs report was reflective of their political motives.