'A lot of room' for Huntsman in GOP race, adviser says
January 31st, 2011
02:31 PM ET
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'A lot of room' for Huntsman in GOP race, adviser says

Washington (CNN) - Much of the talk swirling around the possibility of Jon Huntsman presidential bid in 2012 has centered on whether a perceived moderate Republican can survive the conservative gauntlet of a GOP primary.

The latest round of buzz kicked up again on Monday after the Obama administration leaked word that Huntsman will resign as U.S. Ambassador to China in the next few months to pursue a presidential bid. An administration official confirmed that thinking to CNN.
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Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Jon Huntsman
Political Circus: Tracy Morgan says Palin's one hot mama
January 31st, 2011
02:13 PM ET
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Political Circus: Tracy Morgan says Palin's one hot mama

Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.

How do you really feel?

Comedian Tracy Morgan is if nothing but brutally honest. Maybe too honest. At the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Morgan weighed in on "mama grizzly" herself, Sarah Palin.
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Filed under: Political Circus • Sarah Palin
American Sauce: Obama now vs. then
January 31st, 2011
02:09 PM ET
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American Sauce: Obama now vs. then

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Capitol Hill  (CNN) – Forget the instant pundit opinions about last week’s State of the Union (the bipartisan seating chart may be the headline for decades to come anyway).

Consider instead what President Obama’s second State of the Union (and fourth address to Congress) tells us about how his words and promises have changed since he announced his run for the White House, exactly four years ago next week.

This week’s American Sauce compares candidate Obama with President Obama. And we notice some changes.

Click here to listen. Or continue reading for some highlights.
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McCaskill gets another challenger
January 31st, 2011
01:33 PM ET
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McCaskill gets another challenger

(CNN) - The field is growing among Republicans who want to take on Claire McCaskill - the first-term senator and strong Obama ally from Missouri.

Ed Martin, an attorney and former chief of staff to Gov. Matt Blunt, announced Monday he is adding his name to a race that will be among the most closely-watched Senate contests in 2012.
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Egypt, Haiti make for marathon Sunday for Clinton
January 31st, 2011
01:28 PM ET
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Egypt, Haiti make for marathon Sunday for Clinton

Washington (CNN) - Long days go with the territory when you're the nation's top diplomat, especially during an international crisis. But for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, no stranger to chaotic days, Sunday may have been one for the books.

Clinton was the face of the administration on the Egyptian situation, making a rare appearance on all five Sunday morning shows with the message of an "orderly transition" towards democracy.
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Filed under: Egypt • Haiti • Hillary Clinton
Democrats waste no time in drive to recapture House
January 31st, 2011
01:07 PM ET
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Democrats waste no time in drive to recapture House

Washington (CNN) - Democrats sharply criticize 17 Republicans for supporting budget cuts in a new campaign unveiled Monday that is designed to try and help win back the House majority in 2012.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is the political arm of House Democrats, announced that it will run ads on radio stations and web sites as well as launch automated telephone calls and emails into the congressional districts of 17 Republicans on the budget theme.

Full list after jump.
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Filed under: 2012 • DCCC • House Democrats
Axelrod needles Romney on health care
January 31st, 2011
12:30 PM ET
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Axelrod needles Romney on health care

Washington (CNN) - Top Obama advisor David Axelrod, who left the White House last week to lay the groundwork for the president's reelection campaign, is already needling a potential Republican rival.

In an interview with USA Today, Axelrod goes out of his way to credit Mitt Romney for implementing a universal health care plan when he was governor of Massachusetts that shares many similarities with the White House-backed law that has proved so unpopular with Republicans.
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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Health care • Mitt Romney
Huckabee and Voight in Israel
January 31st, 2011
10:58 AM ET
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Huckabee and Voight in Israel

Washington (CNN) - Potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee scored a sit down Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Huckabee, whose visit to the country comes only days after potential-rival Mitt Romney made a similar foray to the powerful United States ally, tweeted a photo of himself meeting with the prime minister earlier Monday. Also along for the ride is actor and conservative activist Jon Voight.
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Filed under: Benjamin Netanyahu • Mike Huckabee
Ninety percent of Republicans want Tea Party to play a role
January 31st, 2011
08:42 AM ET
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Ninety percent of Republicans want Tea Party to play a role

Washington (CNN) - As the GOP on Capitol Hill continues the process of peacefully incorporating newly-elected Tea Party members into its fold, a new poll shows close to 90 percent of Republicans says its important the Tea Party's ideas are given significant weight within the party going forward.

According to the new survey from Gallup, 53 percent of Republicans say it's very important and another 35 say it's somewhat important their party embrace Tea Party principles. That compares to 7 percent of Republicans who say it's not too important the grassroots movement is given respect on Capitol Hill and 2 percent who flat out believe it's not important at all.
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Filed under: Polls • Republicans • Tea Party movement
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, January 31, 2011
January 31st, 2011
05:46 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, January 31, 2011

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: Clinton calls for a peaceful transition to democracy in Egypt
The "complex, very difficult" situation in Egypt requires careful progress toward a peaceful transition to democracy, rather than any sudden or violent change that could undermine the aspirations of the Egyptian people, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday. In separate interviews with five Sunday talk shows, Clinton made clear the United States believes that stability in the region is the top immediate priority. Otherwise, she warned, protesters seeking better opportunity and a stronger political voice might end up facing further repression from new leaders instead of the democratic reforms they seek. "There's no easy answer," Clinton told CNN's "State of the Union. "And, clearly, increasing chaos or even violence in the streets, prison breaks, which we've had reports about - that is not the way to go.”

CNN: Senators see opportunity in Egypt
McCain, who serves as the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak knows what's going on in his own country, and that it is up to the United States to be a "helpful, assisting but insisting partner" to the country. McCain, who serves as the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak knows what's going on in his own country, and that it is up to the United States to be a "helpful, assisting but insisting partner" to the country.

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