(CNN) – President Obama hosted a White House summit Monday, taking questions from reporters about the fiscal health of the nation. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, watch the best political team on television analyze the president’s remarks in an expanded edition of the Strategy Session.
Plus: Thanks but no thanks, says one high-profile governor, who may turn down stimulus spending from the Obama plan. CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley reports on which state may reject the president’s stimulus funds.
Also: Conservative Democrats are pushing President Obama on fiscal responsibility, pressuring him to slash spending. CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash takes a closer look at the Blue Dog Democrats.
Finally: Is the third time a charm? CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry has the latest information on the president’s likely third pick for commerce secretary.
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(CNN) - Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger will be a guest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s at President Obama's address to the Congress tomorrow night, her office said Monday.
(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton will headline a fundraiser for his wife’s Senate successor in New York City next month, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced Monday.
“Both Secretary of State Clinton and President Clinton embody the type of leadership I hope to bring to the State of New York,” said Gillibrand, in a message to supporters. “[A]nd President Clinton's willingness to show his early support for my candidacy could not mean more to me.”
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of Long Island has been mentioned as a possible challenger to Gillibrand in a 2010 Democratic primary race. Rep. Peter King, a Republican from Nassau County, may seek to represent the GOP in the general election contest.
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) - The U.S. Conference of Mayors said Monday in a letter to President Barack Obama it's concerned that several Republican governors have said they plan to turn down a portion of what's offered in the $787 billion stimulus package.
"Mayors know, better than anyone, that there are families suffering because of the recession in every state of this great nation," said the letter, signed by Manny Diaz, mayor of Miami and president of the group.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is President Obama’s “likely pick” to be Commerce Secretary, according to senior administration officials and other Democratic officials familiar with the matter.
The officials said the announcement, which will be the President’s third unveiling of a Commerce nominee, could happen as early as Wednesday.
Obama has had trouble filling the post, which is expected to be a key part of his economic team. Republican Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.) dropped out of contention earlier this month after saying he had second thoughts about his ability to work in a Democratic administration. The first choice for the job, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, stepped aside after acknowledging a grand jury investigation in his home state had become a distraction.
Locke was the first Asian-American ever elected to serve as a governor in the United States in 1996. If confirmed, he will be the third Asian-American in the Obama Cabinet, joining Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.
(Updated 5:45 p.m.)
WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the nation's Republican governors meet Monday evening for an annual gala here in the nation's capital, this year's two gubernatorial elections and next year's 36 contests top their agenda. Not on the front burner, but already in the front of their minds: the next race for the White House.
Sunday night, the Republican governors joined their Democratic counterparts for a black-tie dinner at the White House. They were back at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Monday morning to talk with President Barack Obama about the stimulus package. Some of the Republican governors in attendance may be looking for a lengthier White House stay after the next presidential election.
Among those who may harbor national aspirations is Bobby Jindal. Tomorrow night, the Louisiana governor gives the GOP response following President Obama's prime time address to the nation in front of a joint session of Congress. Jindal, who’s up for re-election in 2011, told Meet the Press Sunday he had no plans beyond that. The 37-year-old Jindal, the nation's first elected governor of Indian descent, is considered a boy wonder by some in the Republican Party, and was seen as a possible running mate for John McCain last summer.
(CNN) – Sen. Jim Bunning apologized Monday for recent comments that suggested Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be dead within a year.
In remarks at a Hardin County Republican Party dinner, the Courier-Journal newspaper reported the Kentucky senator said that pancreatic cancer is "bad cancer. The kind you don't get better from," and that the longest most patients live is nine months after diagnosis, even with surgery.
Bunning - who said he plans to seek re-election next year for a third term - also said he supports conservative judges, and that's going to be an issue very shortly because "Ruth Bader Ginsburg ... has cancer."
“I apologize if my comments offended Justice Ginsberg (sic),” Bunning in a short statement released Monday. “That certainly was not my intent. It is great to see her back at the Supreme Court today and I hope she recovers quickly. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.”
The Supreme Court announced earlier this month that Ginsburg, the only woman sitting on the high Court, had undergone surgery for pancreatic cancer. She returned to the Court Monday without fanfare and joined her male colleagues in hearing oral arguments.
The health of some members of the nine-member court has been a political topic in recent years. Ginsburg's recent cancer diagnosis has renewed speculation President Obama might soon have an opportunity to name perhaps several justices.
Update 4:24 p.m.: Neither Ginsburg's chambers nor the court had a reaction to Bunning's apology Monday afternoon.
Related: Ginsburg rejoins Court after surgery
–CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears contributed to this report.
(CNN) - The mainstream media made it a mission to destroy the vice presidential candidacy of Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor says in a new documentary released Monday.
In an interview taped last month for conservative John Zeigler's new film "Media Malpractice," Palin said it is "very frightening, I think, what the media was able to get away with, this go-around.”
"’We are going to seek and we are going to destroy this candidacy of Sarah Palin’s because of what it is that she represents,’" the former vice presidential candidate described as the attitude members of the press adopted.
The movie, available on DVD for the first time Monday, chronicles press coverage of both Democratic primary campaign and the general election, and concludes the media was clearly biased in favor of Barack Obama.
“This is for the sake of our democracy that there is fairness in this other branch of government, if you will, called the media,” Palin also says in the interview filmed in January. “It is foreign to me the way some in the mainstream media are thinking.”
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Pennsylvania Avenue beats out Wall Street in a new national poll: the survey suggests Americans have more confidence in economic decision-making coming from the White House and Congress than from Wall Street, the banks or auto executives.
And that may be one reason why a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Monday suggests that the public opposes plans to provide more taxpayer dollars to the banks and the major domestic automakers.
Three out of 10 questioned in the poll said they're confident that Wall Street will make the right decisions to help the country overcome the current economic recession. That number drops 2 points to 28 percent when asked about bankers and financial executives. And only 26 percent said they're confident that auto executives will make the right economic decisions.
But 53 percent of those questioned said they have confidence in Republicans in Congress making the right calls regarding the economy. Even more - two out of three - expressed confidence that the Democrats who control Congress will make the right economic decisions. And three out of four said they think President Barack Obama will make the right moves when it comes dealing with the recession.
(CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is lending a financial hand to a group of House Republicans who have become targets of a new Democratic campaign over their opposition to the $787 billion stimulus bill.
In recorded telephone messages, text messages, and e-mails set to be sent out this week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to highlight the opposition of 12 House Republicans to stimulus package.
“What Republicans wanted was a bill to strengthen the economy,” Romney said in a statement announcing the $1000 donations by his Free and Strong America PAC. “What the Democrats passed was a bill to stimulate government. We are committed to helping these courageous Republicans defend their position and fend off political attacks.”
The “Undaunted Dozen,” as Romney calls them, “[stood] up for fiscal responsibility and [said] no to spending abuse.”
Although the former GOP presidential hopeful referred to the dozen members targeted by the DCCC, Rep. Adam Putnam of Florida was not sent a donation because he has announced that he is not seeking re-election in 2010, according to the PAC’s statement.