Washington (CNN) - Superfluous (su-PER-flu-us): Adjective. Unnecessary or needless; difficult to pronounce for a president with a split lip.
President Barack Obama grappled with the word Sunday evening at a White House event for this year's Kennedy Center honorees as he read from an opinion by legendary Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a reception at the White House in honor of the Kennedy Center Honors Sunday.
Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made light of the recent WikiLeaks controversy at a dinner Saturday night for the Kennedy Center honorees.
She noted the full "breadth and depth of American artistry," and then said:
"I am writing a cable about it, which I'm sure you'll find soon on your closest website."
(CNN) - Is that the sound of movement we hear? Across the talk shows Republicans and Democrats softened their positions on extending tax cuts, inching it seems towards compromise.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) Minority Leader, on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
“I think it’s pretty clear now taxes are not going up on anybody in the middle of this recession. We’re discussing how long we should maintain current tax rates.
(CNN) - Well starting from the top I think Sen. Orrin Hatch a Republican, Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat, certainly sounded like both sides were getting together on some sort of compromise. We saw Hatch saying listen I think we can extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed without, as Republicans have been insisting, finding a way to pay for it finding the money and you heard Sen. Wyden say on the Democratic side they’ve been wanting to totally stop any kind of tax cut extension for the rich, saying that he could go for a temporary maybe open year extension of tax cuts for everybody. So anyway they’re getting closer. Sometimes the Christmas holiday helps to kind of focus their minds.
Washington (CNN) - Sounding more and more like a presidential contender, Newt Gingrich came out swinging Sunday against the Obama administration's foreign policy.
"I've never seen an administration, even the Carter administration was never as routinely chaotic," Gingrich told CNN in reference to Obama's recent trip to Afghanistan. "Every time you turn around, this administration is fumbling somewhere around the world."
Washington (CNN) - The top Republican in the U.S. Senate said Sunday that a deal is likely on extending Bush-era tax cuts for everyone, along with unemployment benefits that have expired.
However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, made clear on the NBC program "Meet the Press" that his caucus won't budge from its stance on major issues.
Washington (CNN) - New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel, who was formally censured by the House last week for violating House ethics rules and tax laws, said Sunday that members' standing in their home districts influenced the vote outcome.
Rangel said the low approval rating of Congress and the past election swayed congressional leaders, who he said were afraid of appearing to go "easy on anybody in Washington."