When the Republican National Convention kicks off this week in Tampa, Florida, the nation will notice one thing before anything else: This is not your father's or grandfather's Republican Party. Rather, it's a party with leaders as diverse as the country it intends to represent.
In case you haven't noticed, this election season is awash in money.
Viviette Applewhite, a 93-year-old African-American woman from Philadelphia, suddenly cannot vote. Although she once marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for the right to do so, and has dutifully cast a ballot for five decades, in this election year she may be denied this basic right. Under Pennsylvania's new voter ID law, Applewhite is no longer considered eligible.
Congressional Republicans told a top Justice official Thursday his department is wrong to fight state voter ID laws and that the government needs to do more to ensure people serving abroad in the military are able to vote.
New ads from the presidential campaigns encapsulate where the race stands, with President Barack Obama's camp continuing its assault on his challenger over his business record and refusal to share tax records and Mitt Romney trying to make allegations of cronyism knock the incumbent off the assault.
Senate Republicans again Tuesday blocked Democratic legislation that would require greater transparency into who is behind much of the secretive, often negative campaign advertising filling the airwaves this election season.
Florida election officials will have access to a federal law enforcement database to challenge the eligibility of a person to vote as part of its effort to purge non-citizens from its voting rolls, state officials said.
The runner-up in Mexico's presidential election announced Thursday that he was filing a legal challenge to invalidate the vote.
The Bush-era tax cut extension is going to expire, causing renewed policy arguments between President Obama and the GOP.
President Barack Obama, fresh from his renewed pitch to cut taxes for the middle class, takes his message to Iowa Tuesday -- a trip shadowed by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as part of a GOP strategy of "bracketing" the president's public appearances in battleground states.
Texas state officials went to federal court Monday to defend a controversial new voter identification law, dismissing suggestions the requirement would deny hundreds of thousands of people -- many of them minorities -- access to the ballot.
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) on Texas looking to require voters to present photo ID at polls.
Mexican officials say Pena Nieto is not official president until the country's electoral tribunal ratifies the results.
More than a week after Mexico's presidential election, the candidate who authorities describe as the runner-up said a partial recount was not enough to erase his doubts about the vote.
An official tally of Mexico's presidential election returns -- including individual recounts for more than half the ballots -- confirmed Enrique Peña Nieto as the winner of the election.
Egypt's election commission says it will announce election results Sunday, June 24. CNN's Jon Mann and Ian Lee report.
Tensions soared in Egypt as an entire nation awaited presidential election results that are now expected to be announced Sunday afternoon.
CNN's Drew Griffin reports on FEC investigations into Rep. Vern Buchanan violating campaign finance laws.
Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan, a self-made Florida millionaire, is only in his third term in Congress, but he already is in charge of fundraising for the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, and he sits on the powerful House Ways and Means committee.
The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Tuesday that seeks to stop the state of Florida from purging voters from registration rolls.
Many have tried, especially in California, but few have managed to successfully oust a U.S. governor through a recall election.
Voters in California accustomed to casting ballots in party primaries will see something very different on Tuesday: all candidates, regardless of affiliation, will compete in the same preliminary contest, with the top two finishers moving on to compete in the general election.
Mitt Romney hit his party's "magic number" on Tuesday, unofficially clinching the Republican presidential nomination in a race he entered as the front-runner and has had to himself for weeks.
Mariam "Mimi" Bell, a Latina Republican from Colorado, resents the implication that Hispanic voters are somehow negatively affected by the state's new voter identification law.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, already the presumptive Republican nominee, will win Tuesday's GOP presidential primaries in Kentucky and Arkansas, CNN projects.
During his 2010 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama made headlines by directly criticizing the Supreme Court for its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the political funding case. He said Citizens United would "open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections."
Richard Mourdock explains why he "doesn't think there's going to be a lot of successful compromise" in the Senate.
With longtime Republican Sen. Dick Lugar going down in defeat, Democrats were quick to paint the conservative candidate who beat him in Indiana's primary as "too extreme."
Hundreds of demonstrators extended their sit-in outside Egypt's defense ministry to a sixth day Thursday, as organizers called for mass protests following violence that killed at least 11 people.
Egypt's ruling military council says an overhaul of the nation's civilian government will not happen. Ian Lee reports.
Days before the one-year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, top surrogates for President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to the national stage to argue the politics of the attack.
The GOP primary night yields no surprises, but will it finally force one contender out of the race? Karin Caifa reports.
Rick Santorum's announcement that he is suspending his presidential campaign brings the Republican primaries closer to the end. With all the speculation about brokered conventions and last-minute turnarounds, the original predictions appear to be correct. Mitt Romney will almost certainly be the Republican candidate who faces off against President Barack Obama in the fall.
Rick Santorum senior adviser John Brabender says Santorum will "help" Mitt Romney.
Newt Gingrich said Sunday that he'll do everything he can to support Mitt Romney as the Republican Party's presidential nominee when that time comes. But that time hasn't come yet.
After six terms in the Senate, Indiana's Richard Lugar finds himself the latest target of the tea party movement's desire both to have more influence over the policy agenda in Congress and to make the Republican Party more conservative.
Now that Rick Santorum has scored victories in this week's Republican primary contests in Mississippi and Alabama --this after his earlier win in Tennessee and Newt Gingrich's victory in South Carolina -- it's time to confront three questions:
The primary process is good for the Republican Party?and our country.
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy endorses Mitt Romney at campaign stops in Alabama and Mississippi. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
A controversial new Texas law requiring voters to present personal identification before going to the polls has been blocked by the Obama administration.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he has won Russia's presidential election, restoring the former KGB officer to the office he held for eight years before term limits forced him to step down in 2008.
CNN's Jill Dougherty reports on the reaction to Vladimir Putin's election and the arrests of opposition protesters.
Thousands of people in Moscow rallied for and against Vladimir Putin in separate rallies Monday after official election results showed the Russian prime minister handily winning back the presidency.
Super Tuesday is traditionally a turning point in the campaign for the U.S. presidency, but it may pass without having the impact its name implies because the Republican Party has a pesky problem -- it can't decide whom it wants in the White House.
Know your caucuses from your primaries? Your superdelegates from your Super PACs? As Republican presidential hopefuls battle to win the right to take on Barack Obama in November, we've defined the array of words and acronyms that will define this year's election.
Both political parties exploit Super PACs, but what exactly are they? CNN's Kate Bolduan explains.
So far, turnout in the Republican primaries and caucuses has been down in a number of states from 2008.
Political analyst David Leland talks Super Tuesday and what it means for the GOP.
American voters this presidential election year are still stuck with an archaic electoral process that artificially restricts our ballot choices.
Egypt's first presidential election since the ouster last year of Hosni Mubarak will take place on May 23-24, with final results expected June 21, the head of the election commission announced Wednesday.
A man suffered minor burns after setting himself on fire outside Egypt's parliament during a protest.
Ireland's PM says European leaders must be honest and work with colleagues to emerge from the financial crisis.
Dublin will hold a referendum on the eurozone fiscal pact, plunging Europe into months of uncertainty and potentially placing a question mark over Ireland's membership of the euro.
Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh was carjacked and beaten late Thursday as he was returning from a conference, his campaign manager said.
Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich ratcheted up their attacks against President Barack Obama on Monday as they competed for conservative votes ahead of primaries and caucuses in the Republican presidential race.
Proponents of same-sex marriage got a boost on two fronts Monday, when the governor of Washington signed a bill legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples and the New Jersey state Senate voted 24-16 in favor of a similar bill.
Washington's state legislature approves a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington State voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, putting Washington on the path toward becoming the seventh state in the nation to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
A federal appeals court ruled against California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, arguing the ban unconstitutionally singles out gays and lesbians for discrimination.
Tom Lucero, Colorado campaign chair for Gingrich, weighs in on the GOP hopeful's campaign strategy going forward.
After a bad defeat in the Nevada caucuses, the options dwindle for former Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Newt Gingrich said Sunday he is plotting a Southern revival, while Rick Santorum and Ron Paul seek stronger showings in upcoming caucuses to slow front-runner Mitt Romney's momentum after his second straight victory in the Republican presidential race.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney tells Obama it is time to get "out of the way" after his primary win in Florida.
A political battle is shaping up in the Garden State about whether to give gay and lesbian couples the right to wed -- a move that, if approved, would make New Jersey the seventh state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
The 2010 Supreme Court ruling that allows unlimited contributions by corporations and unions has already affected the 2012 presidential campaign. But it could play a larger part in the balance of power in Congress this fall.
In the first of this two-part edition of Explain it to me, Tom Foreman explains how presidential hopefuls raise money.
The following is a primer on campaign finance terms relevant to the Supreme Court's 2010 "Citizens United" ruling that loosened spending restrictions in federal elections, which will have an impact this election year.
As Americans read about the flood of private money that is going into the current presidential campaign, most can't help but shake their heads in disgust about how our democracy functions.
Newt Gingrich's stunningly strong win in the South Carolina primary capped an incredible week in the Republican presidential nominating cycle., but what did we learn from it?
Rick Perry's decision to pull out of the Republican primary before the South Carolina vote on Saturday could provide just the boost that Newt Gingrich, or even Rick Santorum, needs to edge out Mitt Romney. Should this happen, would it be bad for the former Massachusetts governor? In the long run, it might actually help him.
It has become a great American tradition, an act of small-town civics, an example of direct democracy in action where citizens get to meet presidential candidates multiple times.
CNN's Jessica Yellin takes a look at past Iowa caucuses and their impact on the presidential election.
More than a million people have signed a petition to recall Wisconsin's governor, the state's Democratic Party said Tuesday.
Embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker could face a recall election down the line. Ted Rowlands reports.
For eight consecutive presidential campaigns, from Ronald Reagan's in 1980 to John McCain's in 2008, the winner of the Republican primary in South Carolina went on to win his party's nomination. Not surprisingly, the Republican presidential candidates have begun shaping their appeals to South Carolina voters well before the primary in New Hampshire.
Stephen Colbert says he won't be stopped by officials saying it's too late for him to run in South Carolina's presidential primary.
A federal judge on Friday ruled against four Republican presidential candidates seeking a spot on Virginia's March 6 primary ballot, saying they waited too long to file their claims.
CNN's John King talks to Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman about the New Hampshire primary.
This election season, the term "Super PAC" has escaped from the obscure world of campaign finance lawyers to emerge on the front pages of major newspapers and political websites. Super PACs are political organizations that can take unlimited sums from individuals, corporations and labor unions to spend in support of, or opposition to, federal candidates. To do so legally, a Super PAC must avoid certain forms of coordination with candidates.
A win is a win for Mitt Romney, even if it's only by eight votes. But Tuesday night belonged to Rick Santorum.
Before the Iowa results were completely in, Rick Santorum spoke to CNN about his strong showing in the caucuses.
Today, Iowans will kick off the Republican nominating process for president of the United States with the first-in-the-nation caucuses. But why a Tuesday?
When people in Iowa cast the first votes in the long U.S. presidential election, it has an importance beyond the result.
Four same-sex couples in the Aloha State celebrate the new year with 'I dos' in Hawaii's first civil unions ceremony.
Several same-sex couples came together in the first minutes of New Year's Day in Honolulu to become the first in the state's history to enter into civil unions.
In an outrageous recent fundraising letter the Democratic National Committee solicited funds from the party faithful on the grounds that the DNC was the last remaining bulwark against a series of anti-election-fraud initiatives "in more than 40 states."
Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry did not submit enough signatures to get on the Virginia primary ballot.
Only two Republican presidential candidates will appear on the ballot in Virginia next year, regardless of how many are in the race.
Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder delivers a major speech on voting rights at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. The location is significant: In 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, a landmark piece of civil rights legislation that banned the worst forms of racial discrimination in American elections.
The Department of Justice on Friday deemed South Carolina's new law requiring voters to present a state or federal photo ID "legally unenforceable," arguing that it could be discriminatory against minorities in violation of the Voting Rights Act.
Democratic Republic of Congo security forces have killed more than 24 people and arbitrarily detained dozens more since President Joseph Kabila was announced the winner of the disputed president elections on December 9, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.
David Pottie, of the Carter Center, discusses the disputed results of elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday brushed off widespread criticism that the December 4 parliamentary elections in Russia were falsified.
Americans have been flooded with Republican presidential debates for several months. It seems that every week there is a new encounter between the GOP candidates.
President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has won re-election, that country's communications minister said Friday.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is scheduled to release election results Thursday after a two-day delay that has intensified tensions between the government and opposition leaders.
Putin's party suffers sharp losses. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports it's not politics as usual for united Russia.
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