After months of emails and web videos focused almost exclusively on attacking Mitt Romney's record, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is now shifting focus. Early this morning, they released the first web video attacking Newt Gingrich.
The video, posted at 1:41 AM, intersperses clips of Gingrich as Speaker of the House and in Saturday night's Republican presidential debate. The ad accuses him of espousing Tea Party views and being the "original Tea Partier."
(Watch the video above.)
This time around, the debate between the White House and Congress is not over whether or not a part of President Obama's American Jobs Act should pass - it's over how to pay for it.
The White House is holding firm on a 3.25 percent surtax for millionaires to finance an extension of the payroll tax cut. Republicans are arguing the surtax hurts small businesses and job creators.
In an interview today with CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell, Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council, framed the argument this way: "The issue right now is will the entire Republican Party vote no and block a significant tax cut for every small business and every worker that could mean up to 600 [thousand] to a million more jobs next year simply because they don't want to put a small tax increase on the 300,000 Americans who make over a million [dollars]."Continue »
"If they ever didn't hear it... if they doubted that it was directed at them from their own neighborhood, there's no way they can escape that reality," she said.
In an interview with CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell today, Clinton added bluntly, "Assad's going to be gone, it's just a question of time."
O'Donnell spoke to Clinton in Bali, Indonesia, today where she was attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit, or ASEAN, alongside the president. The trip marked a pivot to the Asia-Pacific in the Obama administration's foreign policy. (watch at left)Continue »
On Friday, President Obama phoned both Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Representative Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, the bipartisan co-chairs of the supercommittee, and urged them to reach a deal. He also reminded the two that both parties agreed to a sequester.
This marks a shift for President Obama, who has had a "hands-off" approach to the congressional deliberations.Continue »
Off on the second leg of his Asia-Pacific trip, President Obama lands late tonight in Australia where he is expected to announce an expanded American military presence. The arrangement is expected to allow U.S. Marines increased access to Australian bases for training and military exercises.
The White House has declined to provide further details on the plan, but in an interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Lateline," Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith called it "the most important practical, co-operative development in our alliance arrangements with the United States since the joint facilities were agreed upon in the 1980s."
This announcement will likely come on Thursday at a military base in Darwin, Australia.
While in Darwin, Mr. Obama is also scheduled to visit a memorial to the USS Peary, a U.S. Clemson class destroyer sunk in Japanese air raids during World War II.
This will be the first time any sitting president has traveled to Australia's Northern Territory.Continue »
In his meeting with leaders, Mr. Obama will focus on economic integration and increased trade between the U.S. and the region.
"When the American people see the president traveling in the Asia-Pacific, they will see him advocating for U.S. jobs and U.S. businesses," said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, in a briefing about the trip.
When it comes to President Obama's recent foreign policy successes, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice isn't going to let the current administration have all the credit.
In an interview with CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell, the former top aide to President George W. Bush said the success of drone attacks in Pakistan and the killing of a number of al Qaeda leaders was "perseverance over two presidencies."Continue »
President Obama's campaign team is blaming the high-profile stand-off over the nation's debt with Republicans this summer for what it says may be a lackluster fundraising number for the president in the past three months.
Campaign Manager Jim Messina lowered the goal for the third quarter, which ends today, to $55 million, down from last quarter's goal of $60 million.
The Obama Victory Fund brought in $86 million in the three months through June, with more than $47 million for the campaign and more than $38 million for the Democratic National Committee. The third quarter figures are due to be released by October 15, though campaigns sometimes announce numbers before the deadline.Continue »
Obama's Speech: What are the Best Policies to Help the Unemployed?
Here's a rundown of what CBS News expects -- and what it's all going to cost:
An extension of payroll-tax cuts. The current payroll-tax cut expires December 31. A renewal would mean a two percentage-point reduction for employees (from 6.2 percent Social Security payroll-tax to 4.2 percent). That comes to about $1,000 per household.
Cost: $120 billionContinue »
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