(CNN) - High ranking members of the current administration are not the only ones criticizing the dumping of hundreds of classified U.S. government documents by the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks - possible 2012 presidential contender and former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin is also venting her frustration.
In a post published on the social networking site Facebook on Monday, Palin slams the Obama administration over the document leak saying,"...the latest round of publications of leaked classified U.S. documents through the shady organization called Wikileaks raises serious questions about the Obama administration's incompetent handling of this whole fiasco."
(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush joined a chorus of U.S. officials calling leaks of sensitive government information "very damaging," telling a forum at Facebook headquarters that Wikileaks' recent release of 250,000 documents may significantly hurt Washington's image abroad.
"It's going to be very hard to keep the trust of foreign leaders," the nation's 43rd president said of the documents on issues ranging from Iran to Honduras to Turkey. "If you have a conversation with a foreign leader and it ends up in a newspaper, you don't like it. I didn't like it."
Washington (CNN) - Police badges belonging to 29 members of the New York Police Department who assisted in rescue efforts at ground zero and later died from September 11-related illnesses arrived in the nation's Capitol on Monday for a weeklong exhibition.
The special exhibition is taking place as the Senate prepares to take up the September 11 health bill.
Washington (CNN) - One day before a White House meeting between President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders from both political parties, a new poll suggests most Americans want Democrats and Republicans to compromise.
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance. Here are some of the things you might have missed:
You say cheap, I say thrifty
Fiscal conservativism got incoming House freshmen into office, and now they plan to show their constituents that they mean it. The Wall Street Journal reports: "With voters again shunning Washington and fiscal excess, a number of incoming House members plan to demonstrate their scorn for both by camping out near their new desks. Many more are still undecided but may well join the sleep-sofa caucus."
(Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET with statement from Emmers' campaign.)
(CNN) - After a treacherous eight month long recount and legal battle to determine the fate of the Norm Coleman-Al Franken Senate race in 2008, Minnesota elections officials will seek to run a swifter recount beginning Monday to determine the winner of the state's gubernatorial race.
Republican state lawmaker Tom Emmer trails former Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton by just 8,751 votes, or fewer than half of one percent of the 2.1 million votes cast.
Washington (CNN) - With pressure mounting back home to curb government spending and cut deficits, the Senate will vote Monday night on a measure aimed at banning all legislative earmarks for the next two years, but multiple aides on both sides of the aisle say it's not expected to clear a 67-vote threshold required to pass.
(CNN) - Five big name Republicans have two things in common- they are all considering runs for president and are each employed by Fox News.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich serve as contributors.
(CNN) - One of the top Republicans in the House wants to overhaul the country's tax code and implement a flat tax.
Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, who may make a bid for the next GOP presidential nomination, will say "the time has come for Congress and this administration to take bold action to simplify our tax system and lower people's taxes," according to excerpts from a speech he will deliver in front of the Detroit Economic Club Monday afternoon.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Monday that he looks forward to discussing the New START arms-reduction treaty and the expiring Bush-era tax cuts during this week's White House meeting with GOP congressional leaders.