(CNN) – Sources with knowledge of the plans tell CNN President Obama is set to deliver a speech on the need for immigration reform on Thursday.
The speech is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET at American University in Washington, D.C..
Washington (CNN) – The body of Sen. Robert Byrd, D-West Virginia, will lie in repose in the U.S. Senate chamber on Thursday, two Senate aides familiar with the plans told CNN.
Byrd, the longest-serving member of the U.S. Congress, died Monday. He was 92. Byrd served for six years in the House before moving to the Senate, where he served nine terms.
Byrd will lie in repose in a closed casket from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, a senior Senate aide said. Senators and others will be asked to be in the chamber at 10:30 a.m., when Senate chaplain Barry Black will give a prayer.
(CNN) – Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has largely remained stoic during her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but the potential top court justice said Tuesday she did break down during one part of the confirmation process.
Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy read Kagan an op-ed from former Harvard Law graduate and Marine Captain Robert Merrill in which he praises Kagan's controversial dealings with the military when she served as dean at Harvard.
"Senator Leahy that was... this has been a sort of long process, this process and sometimes an arduous one," said Kagan. "I've only cried once during this process and I cried when I woke up one morning and I read that op-ed from Captain Merrill. It meant just an enormous amount to me. He is a magnificent man doing great things for our country and his praise meant more to me than anybody's."
Washington (CNN) - President Obama met Tuesday with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House to discuss passing an energy and climate change bill this year.
"The president said that there was a strong foundation and consensus on some key policies and the president urged the senators to come together based on that foundation," according to a White House statement.
"There was agreement on the sense of urgency required to move forward with legislation, and the president is confident that we will be able to get something done this year."
(CNN) – A Senate committee hearing on Gen. David Petraeus, picked by President Barack Obama to be the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, was marked Tuesday by bickering over Obama's plan to begin withdrawing troops in July 2011.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, stressed the date's importance, saying it "imparts a sense of urgency to Afghan leaders" and is an important method of "spurring action." When the date was announced, Levin said, there was a surge in recruits for the Afghan army.
But Arizona Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican on the committee, said Obama should make clear that any U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan will be determined "solely by conditions on the ground."
Potential allies are less willing to back the U.S. mission in Afghanistan because they believe American troops will leave in July 2011, he said, and announcing a date to begin troop withdrawals is making the war "harder" and "longer." The "facts on the ground" suggest more time is needed, McCain said.
Notably absent from the meeting: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina. Graham has been a key player in crafting legislation with Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York. Graham, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is involved in confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill.
Some of those attending included: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, Barbara Boxer, D-California, John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, Richard Lugar, R-Indiana and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.
Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans support President Barack Obama's timetable that calls for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan to begin in July of next year, according to a new national poll.
A USA Today/Gallup survey indicates that 58 percent of the public favors the troop timetable, with 38 percent opposed. Around three-quarters of the 38 percent who oppose the timetable say they don't think the U.S. should set any deadline in Afghanistan.
The poll's Tuesday release comes as the planned withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in 2011, along with concerns over the progress of the counterinsurgency plan in a country described as a place "where empires go to die," were front and center at Gen. David Petraeus' confirmation hearing in Congress.
Washington (CNN) – A new website run by the Democratic National Committee designed to aggregate video footage of Republican candidates on the campaign trail is scheduled to make its debut Tuesday.
A part of the DNC's "Accountability Project," the site will be "devoted to citizens uploading content from political events including audio and video – a central resource to hold Republicans accountable," DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse in a statement.
Users will be encouraged to upload videos of Republican candidates – for both the 2010 midterm races and the 2012 presidential election – recorded on the campaign trail, as well as campaign literature and mailings.
The site will "increase the number of people out there who with nothing more than a smart phone at hand can hold Republicans accountable for what they say on the campaign trail," Woodhouse said.
Kagan is testifying on Capitol Hill Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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Washington (CNN) – The planned withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in 2011, along with with concerns over the progress of the counterinsurgency plan in a country described as a place "where empires go to die," will be front and center at Gen. David Petraeus' confirmation hearings Tuesday.
Petraeus was tapped by President Obama to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was relieved of his duties last week after the general and his staff were quoted in a Rolling Stone magazine article criticizing and mocking key administration officials.
But it's not just those comments that are making news - it's also conditions on the ground in Afghanistan.