(CNN) - Former Republican Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney thinks Sarah Palin would be "great" as a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.
"I believe she is an extraordinarily powerful and effective voice in our party, that she has generated a great deal of support and attention, that she'd be great in a primary process," Romney said Tuesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." "She'd bring attention to the process, and frankly, the more people we have on the stage in those debates talking about different ideas and different approaches, the better."
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will meet with his former rival, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona Wednesday afternoon.
The White House announced the closed press Oval Office meeting Tuesday. They last met at the memorial service in honor of the victims of the Arizona shooting in Tucson.
Obama will meet with Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico later in the afternoon.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama warned Tuesday of "difficult days ahead" for Egypt and said the transition following President Hosni Mubarak's earlier announcement that he won't run for re-election in September must begin immediately.
In a brief statement to reporters at the White House, Obama pledged continuing U.S. support for both a longtime ally and the aspirations of protesting Egyptians, whose eight days of growing demonstrations led to Mubarak's dramatic announcement on state television.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The push to come up with a plan to reduce national debt got a bipartisan bear hug in the Senate on Tuesday.
Three lawmakers who sat on President Obama's bipartisan debt commission - Sens. Kent Conrad, Tom Coburn and Mike Crapo - convened a meeting of more than 30 senators from both parties "to make sure everyone comes to consensus on how big the problem is and how real it is," Coburn told CNN.
Washington (CNN) – The White House's top lawyer is not concerned about the latest legal setback for health care reform. Responding to Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Florida, White House counsel Robert Bauer said it was "part of a process" that will not result in the ultimate nullification of President Obama's signature domestic achievement.
"I would have decided it differently," Bauer said Thursday at a forum to discuss the implication of pending nominations to the federal judiciary. Bauer said the decision added "another voice" to the constitutional objections to the law, but he believed the issue would eventually be resolved in the administration's favor.
Washington (CNN) - It's now official. Starting Tuesday, members of Congress may receive generous health care benefits - subsidized by Uncle Sam.
Most lawmakers accept this insurance - the same perk afforded to some 8 million federal employees and their families.
Washington (CNN) - We knew Meg Whitman had set a record in her failed bid to be the next California Governor. We now know the details: the Republican nominee and former eBay CEO spent $178 million, including $144 million of her own money.
That is a record for spending in a non-federal race and makes her the biggest self-funding candidate in U.S. history. Democrat Jerry Brown spent less than a quarter of what his opponent did: $36 million.
Washington (CNN) - Following this week's health care ruling out of Florida and because we are all about substance, American Sauce brings you this cheat sheet on the four major lawsuits moving their way, somewhat unpredictably, through the system.
For those keeping score, in these big four cases it's 2-2 for supporters of the law v. opponents of the law.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, who oversees Senate spending bills as chairman of the appropriations committee, announced Tuesday a two-year moratorium on earmarks.
Despite his long support for such congressionally directed spending, Inouye acknowledged that with President Obama and the Republican-controlled House opposed to earmarks, it would be fruitless for the Senate to include them in its bills.
Washington (CNN) - Snowpacalypse, beware: Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel is ready-and waiting-for you. In fact, snow-readiness could almost be a competition, if you ask him.
On Tuesday the former White House Chief of Staff tweeted a challenge rebuttal to Newark city mayor Cory Booker about his recent snow prowess: "@CoryBooker I'll show you who's 'shovel-ready.'"