April 27th, 2012
01:39 PM ET
8 years ago

Boehner names potential VP picks

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner named three Republicans as potential vice presidential picks for Mitt Romney, but said there is a "long list" of qualified candidates.

The top Republican in Congress said Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana fit his criteria that the pick be capable of serving as president.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • John Boehner • Marco Rubio • Mitch Daniels • Rob Portman • TV-State of the Union
Team Romney: We're off with 'a bang'
April 27th, 2012
11:58 AM ET
8 years ago

Team Romney: We're off with 'a bang'

(CNN) - Mitt Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades on Friday issued his first memo analyzing the state of the race for the White House now that Romney is the presumptive nominee, in which he took aim at President Barack Obama's handling of the economy.

Fresh off the news the economy grew at a slower-than-expected rate of 2.2% in the first quarter of 2012 (from January to March, according to initial estimates from the Commerce Department), Rhoades contrasted Romney's Tuesday night speech that he said painted a "positive vision for a better America" with Obama's actions this week, which he said included "slow-jamming the news" and picking a fight over student loans.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Brown's income jumped when he became Sen. Brown
April 27th, 2012
11:10 AM ET
8 years ago

Brown's income jumped when he became Sen. Brown

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Scott Brown's income more than doubled when he entered the Senate due in large part to a book advance he received after winning the Massachusetts special election, according to tax returns released Friday by his campaign.

Brown reported earning more than $294,000 in 2009, before he entered the Senate and $840,000 in 2010, his first year in the upper chamber of Congress. In the most recent tax year Brown and his wife, television reporter Gail Huff, reported bringing in $510,856.
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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • Scott Brown • Senate
Obama targets fradulent loan marketing aimed at military
April 27th, 2012
11:00 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama targets fradulent loan marketing aimed at military

(CNN) - President Barack Obama wants to crack down on for profit colleges his administration says deceptively recruit post-9/11 veterans with false promises of lucrative careers.

The president will travel to Ft. Stewart in Georgia Friday where he will unveil a new executive order aimed at forcing schools to be more transparent in their recruitment and marketing efforts.

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Filed under: Military • President Obama
April 27th, 2012
10:51 AM ET
8 years ago

Legislator: Secret Service to change its rules

(CNN) - Secret Service agents on the job will no longer be allowed to go to places of "bad acts" or bring foreigners to their hotel rooms. The new rules come in response to the scandal over alleged hiring of prostitutes in Colombia, a legislator said after speaking to agency Director Mark Sullivan.

"If this is the culture, then they want to immediately put it to rest," Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, said Thursday night on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront," after meeting with Sullivan about the controversy that has embarrassed the 147-year-old agency and raised questions about possible security breaches.

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Filed under: Congress • House • Sheila Jackson Lee
Pat Boone's Lugar love
April 27th, 2012
09:34 AM ET
8 years ago

Pat Boone's Lugar love

(CNN) – Conservative crooner Pat Boone lent his voice and support to Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana via a radio ad on Friday in hopes of helping the six-term incumbent beat back a challenge from the right.

The successful pop singer and ardent Republican described the longest serving Republican senator as a "true conservative" who shares Hoosier State voter's "Midwestern values."
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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Indiana • Richard Lugar • Senate
Eggs, toast, coffee and campaign cash
April 27th, 2012
09:24 AM ET
8 years ago

Eggs, toast, coffee and campaign cash

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden will be the main attraction at a campaign fundraising breakfast in the nation's capital Friday morning.

Biden will speak to over 200 members of the Turkish and Azerbaijani communities at the Fairfax Hotel, according to an Obama re-election official, who added that tickets started at $2500.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Joe Biden • President Obama
Obama video: Would Romney have made same call on bin Laden?
April 27th, 2012
08:47 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama video: Would Romney have made same call on bin Laden?

Washington (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton praised President Barack Obama's decision making process in last year's military raid that killed Osama bin Laden in a new web video out Friday by Obama's re-election team. The campaign video also questions whether Republican challenger Mitt Romney would have made the same call as the president.

"The president is the decider in chief. Nobody can make that decision for you," Clinton says in the web video. "Look, he knew what would happen. Suppose the Navy Seals had gone in there and it hadn't been bin Laden. Suppose they had been captured or killed. The downside would have been horrible for him, but he reasoned I cannot in good conscience do nothing. He took the harder and the more honorable path and the one that produced in my opinion the best result."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Osama bin Laden • President Obama
ON THE TRAIL: April 27, 2012
April 27th, 2012
07:00 AM ET
8 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: April 27, 2012

(CNN) - The candidates and their campaigns hit the trail Friday, making stops in North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Washington DC, Texas and Florida.

See their full schedules after the jump.
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Filed under: 2012 • Michelle Obama • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • On the Trail • President Obama • Ron Paul
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, April 27, 2012
April 27th, 2012
04:35 AM ET
8 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, April 27, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

WASHINGTON/POLITICAL:

CNN: Senate OKs renewal of domestic abuse law after GOP relents
The U.S. Senate voted to renew a law designed to combat domestic abuse Thursday after Republicans stepped back from what was becoming a politically risky fight over some of the expansions they oppose.

CNN: Aide is asked if he made up some stories about John Edwards
John Edwards' defense team hammered away at a former campaign aide on Thursday after he was quizzed about his motives and asked whether he made up stories about how Edwards allegedly concealed contributions from campaign donors.

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