Washington (CNN) – Republican opposition is growing over the continuing resolution that would fund the government for three additional weeks.
Both parties agreed last week to move ahead with a three-week stopgap bill that would cut an additional $6 billion from current spending levels, avoiding a potential federal shutdown when the current continuing resolution expires Friday. The House will vote Tuesday on the new agreement, but some Republicans argue the cuts don't go far enough.
(CNN) – The press secretary for Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour resigned Monday after Politico reported that Dan Turner wrote internal e-mails poking fun at former Attorney General Janet Reno, and that he made insensitive jokes about the earthquake in Japan.
"Gov. Haley Barbour has accepted Dan Turner's resignation as Press Secretary. Laura Hipp will now serve in that capacity," a statement for the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate said.
Washington (CNN) - A special election has been called to fill the vacancy left by California Democratic Rep. Jane Harman.
Dean Logan, the Registrar-Recorder and County Clerk for Los Angeles, said Monday a July 12 special election and May 17 primary will be held to fill the seat in California's 36th district.
(CNN) - Potential 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum went after another possible candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, over Romney's support for the universal health care law in his state.
In an interview Monday with the Boston Globe, the former Pennsylvania senator said the state law and current federal laws "tend to drive employers out of the private sector plans because they're expensive and more people end up on the government plan."
Washington (CNN) - Lobbyists for the nuclear energy industry rushed to Capitol Hill Monday to try to reassure members of Congress and their aides who are deeply concerned about the nuclear crisis in Japan, and what it could mean for nuclear energy in the U.S.
As he walked the halls of Congress going from meeting to meeting, Alex Flint, a top lobbyist for the Nuclear Energy Institute, told CNN that the industry's immediate goal was to give worried lawmakers as much information as possible.
Washington (CNN) - Any plans to build a nuclear power plant in an area of the United States prone to earthquakes should be reconsidered in light of the damage to Japanese reactors by last week's earthquake and tsunami, Democratic Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts told CNN on Monday.
"We just have to call a time out and examine whether or not those safety features necessary in the future are built into new nuclear power plants in our country," said Markey, who sits on the House committee overseeing nuclear power.
Washington (CNN) - It's the last thing on his schedule Monday, but in terms of President Barack Obama's re-election effort, it may be his most politically important.
According to the official White House schedule, the president attends a Democratic National Committee event at the St. Regis hotel in downtown Washington, just a few blocks from the White House. While the gathering is not an actual fundraiser, a source with knowledge of the event tells CNN that Obama will meet with approximately 50 supporters and potential supporters of his 2012 re-election bid. Such gatherings often lay the groundwork for future fundraising efforts. Also attending the event is DNC Chairman Tim Kaine.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Senior Democrat John Conyers of Michigan criticized Barack Obama Monday, hoping, Conyers said, to "make him a better president."
Citing the troubled job market, rising energy costs, and turmoil in the Middle East, the congressman told reporters at the National Press Club "We keep getting a longer and longer list of things he wanted to do, wished he could do more about, and is of course having a big problem."
Nashua, New Hampshire (CNN) – Anyone wondering: Sarah Palin, who?
At a time when the former Alaska governor appears to be shrinking from the spotlight, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is stepping up as yet another favorite daughter of the conservative movement.
She is also looking more and more like a presidential candidate, most recently in her whirlwind swing through the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire. A source tells CNN that the Republican lawmaker is increasingly close to actually announcing a presidential bid.
Washington (CNN) – President Obama declared Monday that he's "heartbroken" by the devastation of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, and vowed to help in any way possible to help the close U.S. ally rebuild.
"I want to reiterate America's support for the people of Japan, who are some of our closest friends and allies," Obama said during an event at a middle school in northern Virginia. "And I've said directly to the prime minister of Japan, Prime Minister Kan that the United States will continue to offer any assistance we can as Japan recovers from multiple disasters. And we will stand with the people of Japan in the difficult days ahead."