(CNN) – As the presidential waiting game continues, potential 2012 GOP candidates are off on various travels this week.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday to meet with state and area Republicans in the early caucus state.
Washington (CNN) - Congressmen weighed in on the ongoing strikes in Wisconsin Sunday, debating the appropriate involvement of national figures.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called the president's recent remarks on the situation "inappropriate."
Washington (CNN) - Leading Republicans and Democrats on Sunday signaled a desire for compromise on a short-term spending resolution to keep the government running while more substantive talks on budget cuts take place.
On morning talk shows, members of both parties insisted that no one wants the government to shut down on March 4, when the current resolution authorizing government funding at last year's level runs out.FULL STORY
CROWLEY: Okay, to begin at the beginning - for Chuck Schumer, who remember this is the Senate Democrats' messaging guy. So, he's in charge of putting out there what the Senate Democrats want to be saying about a particular subject. So, let me just tell you that the message today is that the Republicans want to shut down the government, it will be a huge hardship, and it will be a really terrible and tragic thing. Now, we did press him on any culpability here for Democrats if the government shuts down. But the fact is it's, politically speaking, setting aside that it would be a hardship, particularly for workers, that politically speaking, the Democrats think it's a loser for Republicans if the government shuts down and they have indeed talking about it a lot, the Democrats. So, the Senator did say in response to a question, yes, you know, we're willing to bargain with the House, but the rest of the conversation didn't tell me they were ready to do that. So, there's that.
Washington (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York criticized Republican demands to cut spending in a short-term spending resolution that would continue funding the government while negotiations persist on a longer-term plan.
Appearing Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Schumer said compromise is necessary to avoid a government shutdown that will be bad for everyone.
Washington (CNN) - Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said there's no evidence to support the premise that the United States is "liked" more now that Obama is president, an idea touted by his supporters.
"No, and I don't think there's data that supports that," Rumsfeld said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think he has made a practice of trying to apologize for America. I personally am proud of America."
Washington (CNN) - If the Bush Administration had known there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, it probably wouldn't have decided to invade in 2003, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union" program, Rumsfeld noted there were multiple reasons for attacking Iraq and ousting Saddam Hussein from power.
Madison, Wisconsin (CNN) - Tea Party activists supporting a bill that would slash collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin public employees flocked to Madison on Saturday, bringing a new dimension to a budget battle that shows few signs of compromise.
As tens of thousands of people marched in favor or against the bill, Republican Gov. Scott Walker indicated he has the votes to pass it.FULL STORY
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On our radar this morning: The budget battles in the U.S., and the political unrest abroad.
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