(CNN) - In a moment that Mitt Romney's future GOP opponents couldn't have scripted better themselves, President Obama Monday issued a full-throated embrace of the former Massachusetts governor's stance on health care.
"I know that many of you have asked for flexibility for your states under this law," Obama said during a speech to a governors meeting at the White House. "In fact, I agree with Mitt Romney, who recently said he's proud of what he accomplished on health care by giving states the power to determine their own health care solutions. He's right."
(CNN) - Add Newt Gingrich to the list of potential Republican presidential candidates who will attend a forum in Iowa next Monday.
And the timing is fascinating, since the former House Speaker is just days away from announcing whether he'll form a presidential exploratory committee, the first formal step in running for the White House.
(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner is stepping up his attacks against Planned Parenthood, the partially public-funded organization that offers several health care services to low-income women.
Speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody, Boehner vigorously supported a recent House vote that defunds the organization entirely, a move that would strip it of more than $75 million in government cash.
(CNN) - Even though Mike Huckabee Monday spends a second straight day in the state that traditionally kicks off the presidential primary and caucus calendar, the former White House hopeful doesn't appear to be in any rush to decide on making another bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
"The candidate who goes out too early is going to have to stay on his feet an awful long time. It's the difference between a boxer going 15 rounds and going eight," the former Arkansas governor told reporters Sunday in Davenport, Iowa, according to the Quad City Times. "If you can condense it down to eight, you might have the juice to stay in it. If you have to go 15, you'd better have enough behind you to last that long."
(CNN) - An Arizona state senator involved in an apparent freeway-shoulder scuffle with his girlfriend was not detained because he has immunity from arrest while the legislature is in session, police said.
Officers in Phoenix who were called to investigate a reported altercation found that both Sen. Scott Bundgaard and his girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, had marks suggesting a physical dispute, police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.
(CNN) - As members of Congress return to Washington Monday to make a last-minute effort to keep the federal government running, one Republican senator says all options are being considered to stave off a government shutdown.
"In the Senate, everything's on the table," Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, said this morning on CNN's American Morning. "Not only me, but my colleagues, we're ready to sit down and hammer it out so we can keep the country funded and tackle the other issues we have."
(CNN) – As Sarah Palin mulls a presidential bid, the former Alaska governor is getting mixed news from Iowa, the state that traditionally kicks off the presidential primary season.
A newly released poll from the Des Moines Register suggests Palin is still liked by many GOP voters in the state, but perhaps not to the degree she once was.
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CNN: GOP keeps up pressure on Democrats to accept spending cuts
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner told a gathering of religious broadcasters that the nation's mounting debt is a moral threat to the country. "You may recall President Obama, in his State of the Union address, talking about a 'Sputnik moment,' the moment that shocks our nation into getting serious," said Boehner "In my view, America's 'Sputnik moment' is our shocking national debt." The nation's $14.1 trillion debt, said Boehner, is "a mortal threat to our country. It is also immoral."
CNN: Conrad: Two-week agreement is 'acceptable' to prevent a government shutdown
Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota said the Republican-backed plan to avoid a government shut down is "acceptable," but that it is "not the way to go." The continuing resolution that is currently funding the government expires March 4 and members of Congress are in negotiations to avoid a government shutdown. Most recently, leading Democrats appeared open to the Republican proposal that would include $4 billion in cuts and fund the government for an additional two weeks while a more permanent deal is worked out. "Honestly I think this two-week business is not the way to go," Conrad said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think there should be a longer term agreement, hopefully through the end of the year."
Washington (CNN) - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner told a gathering of religious broadcasters that the nation's mounting debt is a moral threat to the country.
"You may recall President Obama, in his State of the Union address, talking about a 'Sputnik moment,' the moment that shocks our nation into getting serious," Boehner said. "In my view, America's 'Sputnik moment' is our shocking national debt."
Phoenix (CNN) – Which Republican should become the next president? Herman Cain, according to a number of Tea Party activists gathered at a weekend summit in Phoenix.
Cain, a conservative talk show host and former Godfather's Pizza chief executive, won the American Policy Summit's presidential live straw poll on Sunday.