March 6th, 2012
07:34 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination continues today with Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

8:45 am ET - Candidates address AIPAC - GOP hopefuls Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney will speak to delegates at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington.  Santorum will be there in person, while Gingrich and Romney will speak via satellite.

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Filed under: Elections • Politics • Republican Party
March 5th, 2012
05:58 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Limbaugh's comments symbolize extreme partisanship

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Iconic conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh is in hot water for calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a "slut," and many of our readers are incensed about the comment and about the polarization of politics in general.

iReporter Omekongo Dibinga of Washington said he believes Democrats should think twice before rushing to benefit from Limbaugh's remarks.

Democrats are wrong for profiting off of Limbaugh

omekongo: "As a Georgetown alum and a human being, I was appalled by Limbaugh's comments. I'm almost equally appalled at the manner which political parties use comments like these to raise money. I know this has always been the case, but the hyper-partisanship that we see today magnifies this to a greater degree."

He also expressed his belief that misogyny is prevalent in society.

"Limbaugh is just the latest example of the disdain this country has for women. It has to end if we really care about future generations of women."

iReporter Thema Bryant-Davis of Los Angeles, California, said women are growing more and more frustrated. FULL POST

March 5th, 2012
11:35 AM ET

Monday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination continues tomorrow with Super Tuesday.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

8:25 am ET - Romney meet and greet - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spends his day in Ohio, where he'll meet with voters in Canton.  He'll also hold town hall-style meetings in Youngstown at 12:00 pm ET and Zanesville at 6:30 pm ET.

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Filed under: Elections • Politics • Republican Party
March 2nd, 2012
07:43 AM ET

Friday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination continues March 6 with Super Tuesday.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Rutgers cyber-bullying trial - The trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of bullying his roommate, who later committed suicide, continues in New Jersey.

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Filed under: Elections • Politics • Republican Party
March 1st, 2012
07:30 AM ET

Thursday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination continues March 6 with Super Tuesday.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

8:00 am ET - Santorum rally - GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum rallies supporters in Dalton, Georgia.  He'll then speak at Atlantic Aviation in Atlanta at 11:00 am ET before heading to Washington state for a pair of events.

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Filed under: Elections • Politics • Republican Party
Overheard on CNN.com: Readers debate open primaries after Michigan mischief, robo calls
What do you think about the GOP primaries thus far and the candidates' campaigning tactics?
February 29th, 2012
05:01 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Readers debate open primaries after Michigan mischief, robo calls

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Readers are talking about the tactics of Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum after the Michigan and Arizona primaries. Meanwhile, Democrats have been explaining some mischief as well. Readers compared the candidates and debated open vs. closed primaries.

Santorum flips on Dems voting in GOP primaries

Santorum's robo call encouraging Democrats to vote for him as a hit against Romney drew lots of ire.

Dan J: "Had it been a general election-style robo call, where Santorum highlighted his strengths and why he should be president (not just the Republican nominee), then it can be defended as attempting to attract all Americans, not just Republicans. That's fine. It wasn't that. Not even close. That makes him a hypocritical sellout sleazebag that clearly puts self before party, and self before country."

Another reader came to Santorum's defense.

CBS: "Santorum is asking Democrats who do not intend to vote for Obama (do you think there might be a few of those?) to become Republican and choose their candidate. He is not asking them to vote Republican so they can choose the weaker candidate so Obama has a better chance."

But some said Romney can't play innocent. FULL POST

February 28th, 2012
07:41 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination continues tonight with the Arizona and Michigan primaries.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Rutgers cyber-bullying trial - The trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of bullying his roommate, who later committed suicide, continues in New Jersey.

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Filed under: Crime • Elections • Justice • Politics • Republican Party
February 27th, 2012
07:33 AM ET

Monday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination continues tomorrow with the Arizona and Michigan primaries.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

8:30 am ET - Romney rally - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is spending his day in Michigan, starting with a rally in Rockford.  He'll also hold rallies in Albion at 12:45 pm ET and Royal Oak at 6:45 pm ET.

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Filed under: Elections • Politics • Republican Party
February 23rd, 2012
01:40 AM ET

Truth Squad: Fact checking Wednesday's debate

CNN examines statements made by Republican presidential candidates during Wednesday night's CNN/Republican Party of Arizona debate in Mesa, Arizona.

Newt Gingrich criticized the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for characterizing Iran as a "rational actor" in international affairs and defending the possibility of preventing an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites

 The statement: "The fact is this is a dictator, Ahmadinejad, who has said he doesn't believe the Holocaust existed. This is a dictator who said he wants to eliminate Israel from the face of the Earth. This is a dictator who said he wants to drive the United States out of the Middle East. I'm inclined to believe dictators ... If you think a madman is about to have nuclear weapons, and you think that madman is going to use those nuclear weapons, then you have an absolute moral obligation to defend the lives of your people by eliminating the capacity to get nuclear weapons." FULL POST

February 22nd, 2012
07:38 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

The four major GOP presidential candidates gather in Arizona tonight for the latest Republican debate.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Obama museum remarks - President Obama will begin his day at the construction site for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, where he will make remarks.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Elections • Politics • Republican Party
February 21st, 2012
07:45 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination continues Wednesday with a GOP debate in Phoenix, Arizona.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

11:00 am ET - Gingrich in Oklahoma - GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will address a session of the Oklahoma State Legislature in Oklahoma City.

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Filed under: Elections • Politics • Republican Party
February 20th, 2012
07:38 AM ET

Monday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination continues Wednesday with a GOP debate in Phoenix.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Santorum in Ohio - GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum starts his day in Ohio, where he'll address a campaign rally in Steubenville.

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Filed under: Elections • Politics • Republican Party
February 17th, 2012
07:50 AM ET

Friday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination continues on February 22 with a GOP debate in Phoenix.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - House looks at payroll tax cut - House and Senate lawmakers may vote as soon as today on legislation that would extend the payroll tax cut.  The Senate convenes this morning at 10:00 am ET.

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Filed under: Elections • Politics • Republican Party
February 16th, 2012
07:38 AM ET

Thursday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination continues on February 22 with a GOP debate in Phoenix.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the news from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

8:30 am ET - Romney roundtable - Looking to keep his momentum going following wins in Maine and at CPAC, GOP candidate Mitt Romney holds a roundtable discussion on fiscal issues in Monroe, Michigan.

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Filed under: Elections • Politics • Republican Party
Overheard on CNN.com: Santorum's views stir debate about women's roles
Readers are debating the views of Sen. Rick Santorum as the GOP presidential race presses on.
February 14th, 2012
08:19 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Santorum's views stir debate about women's roles

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Writer Stephanie Coontz posits that presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum's views about women come straight from the ultra-olden days in an opinion article on CNN.com on Tuesday. Her story got thousands of comments.

Santorum's stone-age view of women

The most-liked comment was about women's rights and ambitions, which many of our readers said could be in danger under a conservative president.

abcdef54321: "Conservative women make me sorry that American liberals worked so hard for so long to give women the vote, to allow them to own property, to allow them to wear pants, to give them equal pay, to protect them from sexual harassment at work, to give them access to abortions, to allow them to use birth control, to encourage them to seek advanced education, and to allow them to serve in the military. Conservative women vote every November for men who would pay them less than men, outlaw abortion, outlaw birth control, perhaps outlaw divorce, repeal child nutrition programs, repeal child health programs, repeal laws protecting them from sexual harassment, make it harder for them to get a college degree, and close public schools. Go figure."

But then, here's what a reader identifying as one of those conservative women had to say:

not1not99: "Well, I was an American liberal and I am now an American conservative. I am college-educated, I have a good job, I've never been on welfare and my husband loves me as Christ loves the church. I am not oppressed, beaten, ignorant, or chained to the kitchen (actually I love to cook!). I have my own ideas, thoughts, and opinions that are not my husband's but conclusions based on facts that I research on my own. The people I associate with are other college-educated moms who have made the choice to stay home, raise and educate their children instead of leaving that responsibility in someone else's hands (public school system, day care). They respect my choices, I respect their choices. However, in retrospect I would have rather have stayed home, and raised and educated my children.

"Our choice is our choice. Not out of ignorance or some distorted or perverse sense of 'obedience to our husbands.' Husbands that choose to dominate their wives come from all sorts of different backgrounds, conservative and liberal. So stop being childish, pointing fingers and playing silly stereotyping games."

Several commenters talked about the many difficult challenges involved in staying home with the kids.

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February 14th, 2012
07:52 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination continues on February 22 with a GOP debate in Phoenix, Arizona.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

9:30 am ET - Pentagon budget hearing - President Obama's proposed budget for next fiscal year is the focus of several Capitol Hill hearings this morning.  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will defend the Pentagon's budget request before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Filed under: Budget • Economy • Elections • Politics • Republican Party
February 10th, 2012
07:15 AM ET

Friday's live events

The race to the Republican presidential nomination continues Saturday with the Maine caucus.  CNN.com Live is your home for up-to-the-minute coverage from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

7:45 am ET - Romney in Virginia - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney begins his day in Reston, Virginia, where he'll address the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

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Filed under: Elections • Politics • Republican Party
February 9th, 2012
07:46 AM ET

Thursday's live events

The Republican presidential candidates have their eyes set on Maine, which will hold a caucus of its own on Saturday.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest developments from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - CPAC convenes - Conservative activists and officials gather in Washington for the annual conference hosted by the American Conservative Union.  Today's speakers include Sen. Marco Rubio at 10:35 am ET, Rep. Michele Bachmann at 12:15 pm ET, Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 1:20 pm ET and Herman Cain at 4:25 pm ET.

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Filed under: Elections • Politics • Republican Party
Overheard on CNN.com: Santorum shakes up GOP race, but will he last?
Rick Santorum's mix of fury and folksy is working for him, says Timothy Stanley.
February 8th, 2012
01:00 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Santorum shakes up GOP race, but will he last?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Rick Santorum was thrice victorious in Tuesday's GOP contests, leading some to wonder if he's gaining momentum. Some, like opinion writer Timothy Stanley, are wondering what real impact he will have. Is Santorum the "coulda, shoulda, woulda" candidate, as Stanley asserts?

Santorum, the 'coulda, shoulda, woulda' candidate

We heard from a few Santorum supporters, who said they believe the candidate could be a good option for Republicans.

AngelThree: "He is looking better each primary. He is a devoted family man who appears to have no skeletons in his closet. He is a devout Christian who puts family first. He is a moderate who is not aggressive militarily. He truly cares about our country. He also seems to have a bit of that Kennedy mystique about him that will attract the independent voters. He does not attack the other candidates. Like all humans, he will have faults, but they seem minimal as opposed to the other candidates or the incumbent. I believe he has a chance to serve."

This reader didn't think Santorum's success over Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich would carry over in other places.

Evilchicken: "Of course the surge isn't real. States like Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota do not reflect popular opinion anywhere outside of the Midwest. Romney will win ... sadly."

There were quite a few comments from those who are not fans of Santorum, as evidenced by this comment addressed to Stanley. It was the most-liked response.

angie412: "A professor at Oxford, huh? Do you study past speeches of candidates, sir? Mr. I-Want-to-Ban-All-Abortions and Amend-the-Constitution-to-Suit-My-Own-Personal-Religious-Beliefs is the most frightening candidate I've ever seen. I can't believe, given his terrible track record of crazy, that you'd even suggest he's an appropriate candidate in any party for the President of the United States. I'd vote Bush in for a third term before I'd vote for Santorum!"

Some of the posts were about a dissatisfaction with the choices available for Election 2012. FULL POST

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Filed under: Colorado • Elections • Minnesota • Missouri • Overheard on CNN.com • Politics • Republican Party • Rick Santorum • U.S.
February 8th, 2012
07:44 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

The Republican presidential race heads to Maine Saturday for a caucus.  Watch CNN.com Live for up-to-the-minute coverage from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Pentagon briefing on Afghanistan - A U.S. military official discusses current military operations in the war-torn country.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Elections • Politics • Republican Party • World
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