MADISON, Wisconsin (CNN) - As the standoff continues in Madison over a budget bill that would increase the costs of benefits to public employees and curb their collective bargaining rights, Republican Gov. Scott Walker blamed unions for squandering state coffers and impeding fiscal reform.
"We're broke," the governor told reporters Monday. "You really can't negotiate when you don't have money to negotiate with."
Washington (CNN) - With funding for the federal government set to expire in less than two weeks, Senate Democrats and House Republicans are in discussions to avoid a government shutdown, a Senate Democratic leadership source told CNN.
News of the negotiations comes a day after several Republican lawmakers indicated they might accept a short-term spending bill as long as it included at least some spending reductions and not necessarily the deeper cuts the House approved last weekend.
Washington (CNN) – Mike Huckabee on Monday defended Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour from recent criticism that he has been insensitive to issues of race and civil rights.
The former Arkansas governor said Barbour, another southerner who is strongly considering a 2012 presidential bid, is "a person of impeccable integrity when it comes to issues of race."
Washington (CNN) - Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he's using his upcoming book tour to gauge if his message resonates with voters before making a decision on whether or not to make a run for the White House in 2012.
"A Simple Government" hits book shelves Tuesday and describes his philosophy for the national debt, national security, international relations and family values. On a conference call with reporters Monday, he said his 41-city tour will also help him decide if "there is both financial and organizational support that warrants walking away from what I'm doing and getting back into the fray again."
Washington (CNN) - Financier George Soros who has famously supported liberal causes said the president has "lost control" of the economic agenda.
"President Obama has lost control of the agenda," Soros said Sunday on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS." "The agenda is now in the hands of the Republican Party."
Washington (CNN) - Michelle Obama is taking heat from talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh after a report in the Vail Daily that she consumed a not-so-healthy-meal of ribs for dinner while on a recent visit to the Colorado resort, the latest example of conservative angst directed at the first lady's healthy-eating initiative.
"The problem is, and dare I say this, it doesn't look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice," Limbaugh said Monday on his radio program. "And then we hear that she's out eating ribs at 1,500 calories a serving with 141 grams of fat per serving."
Washington (CNN) - Congress may be taking advantage of a week long vacation outside the beltway, but back in Washington there is vigorous debate over the prospect of a federal government shutdown.
Amid plenty of finger pointing among lawmakers, the White House is working hard to stave off what the president himself said would be ‘destabilizing’ to U.S economic recovery.
Washington (CNNMoney.com) - One thing is clear: nobody in Washington says they want a government shutdown.
But lawmakers have only until a week from Friday to agree on a way to keep the lights on a federal offices here and around the world. The clock is ticking.
Washington (CNN) – No doubt, members of Congress are especially happy on this Presidents Day, as they sleep off the political hangover from last week’s relentless, lengthy and refreshingly specific budget debate in the House. But many American brains may still be hurting. This week, American Sauce boils down the dueling budget debates (House Republicans vs. President Obama) in clear terms.
And, more true to the holiday, we present profiles of three of the least-known, but more interesting, U.S. presidents.
After many nominations and much discussion on Twitter, the final three are: 1. Chester Arthur 2. James Polk and 3. Grover Cleveland. We explain why they stand out in the podcast, with help from the students of Two Rivers Charter School in Washington DC.
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Washington (CNN) – Politics is serious business - but not all the time.
He may be dealing with a possible government shutdown and turmoil in the Middle East, but that's not stopping President Obama from taking time out for basketball with kids.
On Saturday, the president coached his daughter Sasha's basketball team, according to Politico - even though Sasha was MIA.