Washington (CNN) – With price of gasoline rising for the eighth consecutive day, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour accused the Obama administration of hiking energy costs in an effort to promote alternative fuels.
"In 2008, four dollar gasoline brought my state to its knees, before Wall Street melted down, and we have blown through three dollars a gallon on our way to four," Barbour, a Republican who is seriously considering a White House bid, said Wednesday in a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "We don't need that where I am."
Washington (CNN) - A Kansas church that attracted nationwide attention for its angry, anti-gay protests at the funerals of U.S. military members has won its appeal at the Supreme Court, an issue testing the competing constitutional rights of free speech and privacy.
The justices, by an 8-1 vote, said Wednesday that members of Westboro Baptist Church had a right to promote what they call a broad-based message on public matters such as wars. The father of a fallen Marine had sued the small church, saying those protests amounted to targeted harassment and an intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Washington (CNN) - CNN's Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash was honored Tuesday night by the National Press Foundation with the 2010 Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress.
"These reporters produced good, tight coverage of members of Congress. Their work informed the public about how the system works," the foundation judges said in a statement regarding the three recipients of the award for 2010.
(CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is a popular presidential hopeful in the southern states, according to a new Winthrop University poll, which indicates that two in ten southern adults say they'd vote for Huckabee as the next GOP nominee.
When asked who would be their first choice as the next Republican nominee, 22 percent of respondents chose Huckabee, who's not new to the game, having run in 2008 for the Republican presidential nomination. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich came in a distant second with 13 percent support. Nine percent of probable GOP primary voters said they'd choose former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the next Republican nominee, ranking her third in the survey. She was among nine candidates who received single digit support out of the 15-candidate pack.
Washington (CNN) - Americans are divided over whether a government shutdown because of a standoff between Democrats and Republicans would be a good or bad thing for the country, according to a new national poll.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday morning also indicates that more of the public would blame Republicans in Congress rather than President Barack Obama for a federal government shutdown.
(CNN) – As Tim Pawlenty comes close to deciding on a run for the Republican presidential nomination, the former Minnesota governor says he isn't worried about going up against President Barack Obama.
"Right now, his approval ratings aren't that stellar," Pawlenty said in an interview Tuesday with the Wall Street Journal. "They fluctuate around 50 percent or below. That's not exactly a daunting credential."
Washington (CNN) - The Senate plans to vote Wednesday on a bill that would extend funding for the federal government by two more weeks while cutting $4 billion from current spending levels.
The House of Representatives passed the bill Tuesday on a 335-91 vote, with Republicans overwhelmingly backing it while Democrats were sharply divided.
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CNN: House passes short-term funding bill
The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would extend funding for the federal government by another two weeks - through March 18 - while cutting $4 billion from current spending levels. The measure was approved in a 335-91 vote, with Republicans overwhelmingly backing it while Democrats were sharply divided. The Senate plans to vote on the measure on Wednesday. Senators and aides from both parties said they expected it to pass and proceed to President Barack Obama for his signature to prevent a government shutdown after Friday, when the current spending resolution expires at midnight.
CNN: Senate passes bill blocking congressional pay in event of a shutdown
Congress just got one more incentive to find a compromise over government spending before the standoff leads to a government shutdown. The Senate passed a bill by unanimous consent late Tuesday that would withhold pay for members of Congress and the president if a government shutdown were to happen. Democratic Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Barbara Boxer of California introduced the bill last week, arguing that if a standoff over government spending leads to a government shutdown, politicians should "feel the pain," too. "We have to take steps to make sure that elected officials here are living by the same rules as everyone else," Casey said during a news conference last Thursday.