Washington (CNN) - They're colleagues on cable news, but Fox News Channel contributors and potential 2012 presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin aren't exactly work buddies.
"I don't think I've ever bumped into Sarah Palin ever at Fox," Huckabee said in an interview Thursday with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
Washington (CNN) - Republicans know who they trust when it comes to their most valued issues, which may also decide whom they favor. Though Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin all hover at the top of most supported potential 2012 GOP nominees, four sets of issues divide them among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, according to a Gallup poll.
The survey reveals that respondents who care most about government spending and power are more likely to support Southern Baptist minister Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, or Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts.
Washington (CNN) - As Hollywood prepares to give out the Oscars on Sunday honoring best performances in movies, a Washington watchdog group is getting in on the action - giving out its own awards based on which Academy Award nominees gave the most money to politicians and political groups.
For the second year in a row, OpenSecrets.org, part of the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, is handing out its Money-in-Politics Oscars to a series of nominees as it tries to shed light on what it calls "the cozy relationship between the cinematic and political elite." The center tracks the influence of money in politics and lobbying.
(CNN) - Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is ordering an investigation into a scathing Rolling Stone magazine report that says the Army ordered soldiers trained in "psychological operations" to manipulate visiting lawmakers to secure more troops and funding for the war, the military said Thursday.
A lieutenant colonel told the magazine that a military team at Afghanistan's Camp Eggers was ordered by Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops, to perform psychological operations on visiting VIPs over a four-month period last year.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama will file the official paperwork within weeks to begin collecting money for his re-election campaign in 2012, which will cost more than his successful 2008 run, top aide David Axelrod told CNN this week.
In an exclusive interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Axelrod said field organizers would begin fanning out in targeted states by early spring to kick off the campaign effort.
Washington (CNN) - The high-stakes political maneuvering over government spending cuts continued Thursday as Senate Democrats for the first time said they are readying specific budget cuts they hope will satisfy House Republicans. Unless the two sides reach an agreement, the government will run out of money and shut down at the end of next week.
However, an aide for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, quickly indicated the proposed cuts don’t go deep enough to end the stalemate.
(CNN) - In the news: Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday signed into law a bill that will legalize civil unions for same-sex couples in the Aloha State. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage for federal purposes as only between a man and woman, according to a statement Wednesday from Attorney General Eric Holder.
Answering today’s off-set questions is Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director of GOProud, the only national organization representing gay conservatives and their allies.
Capitol Hill (CNN) – Did President Obama's stimulus bill help at all? And how much did that package of spending cost in the end?
The Congressional Budget Office just provided some new answers. (We at American Sauce confess to checking the CBO webpage for fun.)
The summary? Government analysts now believe the 2009 stimulus bill, or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or ARRA, will cost $821 billion over ten years. That's an increase of $7 billion over their last estimate.
How many jobs did it provide? CBO says the stimulus bill funded the equivalent of at least 2 million full-time jobs, and up to 5 million full-time jobs, at its peak in mid-2010.
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Washington (CNN) - A handful of Republican governors are declining to pay their annual dues to the National Governors Association as they seek ways to trim state government costs in a down economy.
The NGA, a bipartisan organization of the nation's governors that meets twice a year to discuss issues of public policy and governance, is holding its annual winter meeting in Washington this weekend.
Washington (CNN)-Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano, who came under fire for heated comments he made at a union rally earlier this week, apologized for his remarks Thursday.
"I strongly believe in standing up for worker rights and my passion for preserving those rights may have gotten the best of me yesterday in an unscripted speech," he said in a statement. "I wish I had used different language to express my passion and I regret my choice of words."