(CNN) – Republican candidate Mitt Romney will win the GOP presidential primary in Connecticut, CNN projects.
Washington (CNN) – Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are tentatively set to meet on May 4th, two senior Santorum strategists confirmed Tuesday. Among the issues they will discuss is a possible endorsement by Santorum, his role as a Romney surrogate and conservative policy issues going forward.
Santorum's goal is to have a policy-oriented session in which he tries to find a "comfort level" about the role "social conservatives, tea party activists and blue collar Republicans will play in the campaign and in the Romney administration," John Brabender, a senior strategist for the Santorum campaign, told CNN. Even so, he said, "we are not walking in there with a litmus test. This is meant to be a candid conversation."
(CNN) - Two Democratic lawmakers Tuesday called on Mitt Romney to back up his words with action regarding his position on extending the lowered student loan interest rates.
"Young Americans and students should be very suspicious of Romney's efforts to have it both ways," Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said on a conference call organized by the Democratic National Committee.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 24, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING: SECRET SERVICE SCANDAL CLAIMS MORE: Congressional sources tell CNN’s Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh that two additional Secret Service members have resigned, bringing the total of members forced to leave to 9.
Washington (CNN) - The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday that he wants an outside investigation to determine whether any White House staff members engaged in inappropriate behavior in Colombia as part of the alleged prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents and military personnel.
"I'm not going to be satisfied until we get some independent look at this," Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - As the general election battle between President Barack Obama and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney heats up, so are the television ad wars.
And which groups are putting up television commercials, and where the spots are running, may serve as a preview of the bigger battle to come.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday labeled the Secret Service officers involved in the recent prostitution scandal "knuckleheads" but also said the agency does a great job 99.9% of the time.
"The Secret Service these guys are incredible. They protect me. They protect Michelle. They protect our girls. They protect our officials all around the world. 99.9% of them every day, they put their life on the line. They do a great job," Obama said in an interview with Jimmy Fallon set to run Tuesday night. "So a couple of knuckleheads shouldn't detract from what they do but what these guys were thinking I don't know. That's why they're not there anymore."
Boulder, Colorado (CNN) – President Obama kicked off a tour of three battleground states today with a speech at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This two-day college blitz is, on it's face, about pressing Congress to prevent interest rates on federally subsidized student loans from doubling this summer. In political reality, the president's latest excursion from Washington is all about energizing part of his base – youth voters – in an election year.
"For each year that Congress doesn't act, the average student with these loans will rack up an additional $1,000 in debt – an extra $1,000," President Obama told a supportive crowd of mainly students at UNC Chapel Hill. "That's basically a tax hike for more than 7 million students across America, more than 160,000 students here in North Carolina alone."FULL STORY
(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has written a very powerful new book on the Holocaust and her Jewish heritage. She didn’t know her parents were Jewish until she was 59 years old and about to become President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State.
“I had no idea that my family heritage was Jewish or that more than twenty of my relatives had died in the Holocaust,” she writes in “Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948.”FULL STORY
(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan is scheduled to deliver a speech at Georgetown University later this week, but he is unlikely to receive a standing ovation from some members of the faculty.
Almost 90 faculty members at the prestigious Jesuit school have signed a letter to Ryan that claims the Republican budget guru is misinterpreting Church doctrine as it relates to the role of government in public life.FULL STORY