Ames, Iowa (CNN) - Likely Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty waded into international waters Tuesday with sharp criticism of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
"We got a situation, we got a confirmed terrorist, sociopathic killer Moammar Gadhafi, mowing down his own people who are trying to bring forward their view of liberty and freedom," Pawlenty told reporters following remarks to the Iowa State University College Republicans in Ames.
Washington (CNN) - As the Senate gears up for votes on competing proposals on how to cut spending for the rest of the year, the number two House Democrat warned that both parties need to work together to address the larger problem driving up the nation's debt – spending on entitlement programs.
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer complained that Republicans were distracting the public with the debate over the spending cuts in the bill for this year, but noted, "to their credit" Speaker Boehner and other GOP leaders have committed to including in their budget for next year proposals to address the growth of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is expected to unveil the 2012 budget blueprint early next month.
(CNN) - The posters and placards carried by Wisconsin demonstrators will soon become an official part of the nation's legacy, adorning the walls of the Smithsonian's Museum of American History.
A curator is traveling to the Badger State to document protests over legislation that would curb the collective bargaining rights of most state workers, according to a museum spokeswoman. The bill prompted hundreds to occupy the state Capitol for weeks as demonstrators chanted political slogans and waved banners in opposition.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used an event commemorating the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day to stress the importance of female valor around the world and specifically in countries experiencing social unrest.
"Women in Egypt and Tunisia and other nations have just as much right as the men to remake their governments, to make them responsive, accountable, transparent," Clinton said Monday at the State Department. "We will certainly be watching and the world will watch."
Washington (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he'll vote against his party's bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, the latest example of the governor turned senator who's up for re-election next year being at odds with his party.
In a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, the freshman lawmaker also criticized President Barack Obama.
(CNN) - National Public Radio says it is "appalled" with a senior executive at the organization after he was caught on undercover video slamming the Tea Party movement as "racist" and "scary," and saying that NPR would be better off without federal funding.
NPR spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm singles out Senior Vice President for Fundraising Ron Schiller in a statement: "The fraudulent organization represented in this video repeatedly pressed us to accept a $5 million check, with no strings attached, which we repeatedly refused to accept. We are appalled by the comments made by Ron Schiller in the video, which are contrary to what NPR stands for."
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, said during a sojourn in Iowa on Monday that the trip could influence his decision-making process as he mulls another presidential run in 2012.
“The truth is, my answer has been, I am 50/50 on the issue of running or not running,” he said. “I really don’t know. Maybe a trip like this will help me make up my mind.”
(CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's political action committee made a big hire Monday, naming veteran South Carolina political operative Jim Dyke as communications advisor, according to a press release.
The move is the latest step taken by the Republican governor toward a bid for the White House in 2012.
(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich acknowledged his team flubbed the announcement last week that he planned to raise money and explore a bid for the White House in 2012.
"It (the roll-out) led to unfortunate confusion," Gingrich told the Des Moines Register Monday. "I wish we had been a little more structured last week. But I don't take it as a very serious problem."
(CNN) – Political observers waiting for a big announcement from Rep. Michele Bachmann will have to wait a little longer. The three-term Minnesota congresswoman said in an interview Tuesday that she'll hold off deciding whether to run for the Republican presidential nomination until early this summer.
"I think there's a natural time frame and I think probably by about early summer a decision should be made," Bachmann said on CNN's "American Morning."