Washington (CNN) - With another three-week extension in government funding expected to be passed this week, Democratic and Republican legislators used the Sunday talk shows to hammer home core messages on how to proceed.
A new extension would give Congress until April 8 to either reach a deal for the rest of fiscal year 2011, which ends September 30, or pass another extension to avoid a government shutdown.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Potential Republican presidential candidate Mitch Daniels defended his call for a truce on social issues in the 2012 election, stressing the importance of those with different viewpoints coming together to solve the country’s economic problems.
When asked whether he could win the early presidential contests in Iowa and South Carolina - typically bastions for social conservatism - without addressing those issues, Daniels said “I don’t know.”
Washington (CNN) – A leading Democrat called for President Obama to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserves to prevent rising gas prices from harming the economic recovery.
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said the president is right to consider putting "the oil we have in reserve into the economy."
Washington (CNN) – P.J. Crowley abruptly resigned Sunday as State Department spokesman over controversial comments he made about the Bradley Manning case.
Sources close to the matter said the resignation, first reported by CNN, came under pressure from the White House, where officials were furious about his suggestion that the Obama administration is mistreating Manning, the Army private who is being held in solitary confinement in Quantico, Virginia, under suspicion that he leaked highly classified State Department cables to the website WikiLeaks.
(CNN) - A Senate proponent of nuclear energy called Sunday for a temporary halt in building new nuclear power plants in the United States until the situation in Japan can be examined.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut who sits with the Democratic caucus, told the CBS program "Face the Nation" that the United States should "put the brakes on right now until we understand the ramifications of what's happening in Japan."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - While Congress debates how to continue funding the government, the political debate Sunday centered on the president’s involvement in the negotiations.
Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona blamed the Democrats, who controlled the House and Senate before the midterm elections, for the current budget battles and touted the Republican plan to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year.
(CNN) - Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin to protest the governor's bid to curb the bargaining rights of public workers were greeted Saturday by cheering crowds and vowed to continue the fight.
"People think that this is a picnic for us. They're wrong. But I'll tell you something, we did it for the right reasons," said state Sen. Dave Hansen. "And the fight will continue. It does not end with that vote."FULL STORY
(CNN)–It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.
On our radar this morning: We bring you the latest on the possibility of a nuclear meltdown in Japan, as well as the budget debate on Capitol Hill.
Check out what we're reading, and make sure to watch the show at 9am/12PM ET, with Japanese Ambassador to the U.S., Ichiro Fujisaki.