Former President George H.W. Bush didn't make it to President Obama's second inauguration today, but the famously polite president didn't forget Mr. Obama: In a statement released this afternoon, Bush and his wife Barbara passed good tidings along to the family.
"Barbara and I send President and Mrs. Obama -- and their wonderful girls -- our best wishes and prayers on this historic day," Bush said in a statement. "May Almighty God bless them and our wonderful country over the next four years."
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Bush was recently released from the hospital, where he was treated extensively for a lingering bronchial condition.
His son, George W. Bush, also sat out Mr. Obama's inauguration. Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter -- both Democrats -- did attend.
(CBS News) With the deadline officially passed for Republican Todd Akin to drop his Missouri Senate bid, incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill is out with a new ad targeting the candidate for his controversial comments about "legitimate rape" and other hot-button topics, asking voters what they think he might say "next"?
The 30-second-spot, entitled "Calendar," flips through some of the more contentious comments that Akin has uttered in recent memory - including statements about Social Security, Medicare, minimum wage, student loans, as well as his now-notorious "legitimate rape" comment.
"What will he say next?" the narrator asks.Continue »
(CBS News) In his first direct-to-camera ad of the campaign season, Mitt Romney appeals directly to jobless voters, suggesting that he, not President Obama, will deliver new jobs to struggling Americans.
"Too many Americans are struggling to find work in today's economy. Too many of those who are working are living paycheck to paycheck, trying to make falling incomes meet rising prices for food and gas," Romney says in the spot, released Wednesday. "More Americans are living in poverty than when President Obama took office and 15 million more are on food stamps."
The ad, in which Romney addresses the camera head-on for a full 60 seconds, casts Mr. Obama as a decent man but a failed leader.Continue »
Updated: 4:45 p.m. ET
(CBS News) In a new campaign ad, the Obama campaign is continuing its attacks on Mitt Romney over comments he made about the "47 percent" of Americans he said think of themselves as "victims," as well as over Romney's own effective tax rate.
The ad, called "Fair Share," will air in the battleground states of New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, and Nevada starting Tuesday.
In it, the president's re-election campaign accuses Romney of "attacking folks who work for a living" while pointing out that "Romney paid just 14 percent in taxes last year on over 13 million in income - almost all from investments."Continue »
It's a task, however, that has taken on increased prominence in recent days. A handful of new polls show President Obama leading Romney in the state. Most notably, perhaps, is a new Washington Post poll out of Ohio, which shows Mr. Obama leading Romney 52 percent to 44 percent - an eight-point advantage.
That's a greater spread than most other polls have shown, but it's demonstrative of a trend that appears to be emerging in several other surveys as well: Polls released in the last two weeks by the Ohio Newspaper Organization, Fox News, and NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist College all show Mr. Obama with between a 4- and 7-point edge.Has Obama done enough to win over Ohio?
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Politico reports that at the concert in Washington, D.C., Madonna told voters that the fact that we "have a black Muslim in the White House" is evidence that there is "hope" in America.
"Y'all better vote for f******g Obama, OK? For better or for worse, we have a black Muslim in the White House," Madonna said, according to the report. "That's some amazing s**t. It means there is hope in this country."
She also said Obama "is fighting for gay rights," entreating the crowd to "support the man goddamnit!"
According to The Hill, Madonna took her shirt off and pulled her pants down at one point to reveal that "OBAMA" was written on her lower back.Continue »
Updated: 11:24 a.m. ET
(CBS News) Elizabeth Warren is directly combating allegations that she improperly identified as Native American to further her career, releasing a new 30-second-spot in which she addresses the issue head on.
"Let me be clear. I never asked for, never got any benefit because of my heritage. The people who hired me have all said they didn't even know about it," the Massachusetts Senate candidate says in the spot. "Scott Brown can continue attacking my family, but I'm going to keep fighting for yours."
The ad is a direct response to an ad released Monday by her rival, incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown, which rehashed the allegations about Warren's heritage. Warren has said she is Native American, and listed herself as such in some professional forms in the past, but has not offered up documentation proving that she is an official member of the Native American community. Brown has hammered Warren over the allegations for months, and during a debate last week called on her to produce evidence that she did not benefit professionally from her claims to Native American lineage.Continue »
(CBS News) Amid ongoing questions about the recent violence in Libya and possible related security issues, BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings on Sunday became embroiled in a heated email exchange with Philippe Reines, aide and spokesman to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who ultimately told him to "f**k off" and "have a nice life."
Hastings, who opted to publish the entire exchange on BuzzFeed Monday, initially wrote to Reines with questions about how and why CNN was able to acquire the personal diary of Christopher Stevens, the ambassador to Libya who along with three other Americans was murdered in Benghazi earlier this month.
"Why didn't the State Department search the consulate and find AMB Steven's diary first? What other potential valuable intelligence was left behind that could have been picked up by apparently anyone searching the grounds? Was any classified or top secret material also left?" Hastings asked in his first note.
He continued: "Do you still feel that there was adequate security at the compound, considering it was not only overrun but sensitive personal effects and possibly other intelligence remained out for anyone passing through to pick up? Your statement on CNN sounded pretty defensive--do you think it's the media's responsibility to help secure State Department assets overseas after they've been attacked?"Continue »
"You know, he gets the greatest press of anybody that I think I've ever seen," Trump said of the president, speaking at the convocation at Liberty University, a Christian college founded by Jerry Falwell. "You talk about Teflon. I've never seen anything like it. I heard somebody saying the other day that he's an expert on foreign policy. He went over to Cairo, Egypt and made a speech, Mubarak was overthrown, and now they hate us."
Trump, who flirted with a presidential bid himself before endorsing Mitt Romney's candidacy, argued that aside from "the biggies" - "you know, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, we had a couple of biggies, right?" - this election is "going to be the most important election that we've ever had."
In fact, he argued, this election "maybe more important than them."Continue »
(CBS News) With several recent polls showing Democrat Elizabeth Warren with small leads in her Massachusetts Senate bid, Republican incumbent Sen. Scott Brown is out with a new attack ad targeting Warren's character, marking a new negative turn in the closely-watched race.
The ad, entitled "Who Knows?", rehashes claims that Warren improperly identified as Native American in order to further her career. Using a montage of television news clips explaining the controversy - in which it was revealed that Warren in the past listed herself as Native American on some professional forms without documentation proving her heritage - the Brown campaign targets Warren's personal credibility. Featuring a clip from a previous interview, the spot features Warren responding to a question about whether or not there was anything else about her "that's going to come out about you that we don't already know?" "You know, I don't think so, but who knows?" she says, laughing.Continue »
Updated: 6:46 p.m. ET
(CBS News) A plane carrying Ann Romney made an emergency landing in Denver Friday after the plane's cabin filled with smoke, CBS News has learned.
According to the Romney campaign, emergency vehicles met passengers on the tarmac upon arrival. Ann Romney spoke with her husband, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, as soon as the plane landed.
The campaign said none of the passengers were hurt.
Shortly after the plane landed, Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul tweeted a photo of firefighters boarding the plane, pictured at left.
The apparent cause of the emergency landing was an electrical fire, according to the campaign. The plane was en route from Omaha to Santa Monica, California.
"A Canadair Challenger 601 charter flight operated by World Wide Jet, diverted to Denver today at about 2:40 p.m. MDT after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit. The flight was en route from Omaha, NE to Santa Monica, CA. The aircraft landed safely on runway 35L and passengers exited the aircraft via stairs on a taxiway. No injuries were reported," the FAA said in a statement.
Sarah Haley, Ann Romney's press secretary, described the incident on Twitter: "Our plane made an emergency landing because of smoke in the cabin. Everyone is safe. Don't need any caffeine to wake me up now!"
"This is hard and, you know, it's an important thing that we're doing right now and it's an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt's qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country," Romney said.
Even as conservative detractors escalate their critiques of how Mitt Romney has operated his bid for the presidency -- conservative journalist Peggy Noonan on Thursday called it a "rolling calamity" -- Ann Romney dismissed the negative appraisals.Continue »
Speaking via satellite from Virginia before a campaign rally, Mr. Obama painted a stark contrast between his and the GOP's visions for health care, highlighting the ways in which elderly voters would be impacted if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.
"Here's what you need to know: I have strengthened Medicare as president. We've added years to the life of the program," the president said. "My opponents have pledged to repeal [newly implemented] savings and benefits their first day on the job."Continue »
The survey, conducted from Sept. 6-9, shows that faith in the media is down in recent years, with 40 percent of Americans saying they have a great deal of or some faith in the media to comprehensively and fairly report the news, and 60 percent expressing the opposite perspective.
According to Gallup, the public has become increasingly negative about the media in election years over time.
So even while they're paying more attention to political news this year than they otherwise might, Americans are less likely percent to be paying very close attention to that news than in previous election years. Currently, 39 percent of Americans say they are very closely following political news, down 4 points from September 2008.Continue »
(CBS News) After a week marked by controversy surrounding Mitt Romney's comment about the "47 percent," the Republican presidential candidate's campaign is making a renewed push on Medicare, reiterating Romney's message on the issue through a series of ads and public appearances while rehashing attacks on President Obama's plan.
In a new ad out Thursday morning, Romney supporter Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tells voters that when it comes to Medicare, Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, "get it."
"Medicare is going broke," Rubio says in the ad. "That's not politics. It's math. Anyone who wants to leave Medicare like it is, is for letting it go bankrupt. My mother's 81 and depends on Medicare."Continue »
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