Capitol Hill (CNN) – This week American Sauce looks at three things Congress likes to kick around a lot, but which rarely get in-depth attention from the Capitol Hill podiums: *legal* immigration, small business and obesity.
Washington (CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine told students at the University of Richmond Monday that he is "likely" to run for Senate in Virginia.
"In response to a student's question, Governor Kaine told his law school class today what is already widely known which is that he is increasingly likely to run," said Brad Woodhouse, a DNC spokesman. "However, no final decision will be made or announced until the governor has had a final round of consultations with folks about how he can best serve the President, the people and the causes he cares about; he is assured that the Democratic Party will be in good hands should he choose to make the race and leave the DNC; he has the support that would be necessary to mount a successful campaign and he completes commitments for travel and fundraising he has made to the Party and the President through at least the end of the month."
(CNN) - In what could be the beginnings of a presidential stump speech, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour took a swipe at President Obama's economic policies Monday during a speech to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
Speaking in the president's hometown, Barbour painted a bleak picture of the economy despite recent clamor from many Democrats in Washington that conditions are improving.
TOPICS: Libya, Moammar Gadhafi
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Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans would support a move by the United States and other allies to establish a no fly zone in Libya, according to a new national poll.
But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey also indicates that most of the public would oppose a move to send ground troops to fight in the civil war in the north African nation. The poll, released Monday, also suggests Americans are divided on how President Barack Obama is handling the crisis.
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Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.
Sen. Tommy Lee Jones?
An effort is under way by a Texas lawyer to draft actor Tommy Lee Jones to become the state's next senator, the Dallas Morning News reports.
(CNN) – Donald Trump will venture to New Hampshire in June for an appearance at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics' "Politics and Eggs," the longtime forum that has become a must-stop for presidential hopefuls.
Carolyn Hammer, the communications specialist at the Institute of Politics, told CNN Trump agreed to the appearance within the last few days. A specific date in June has not yet been set. The same forum played host to 11 presidential wannabes in 2008.
(CNN) – Prominent New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg says that Sarah Palin just might have a clearer path to the Republican presidential nomination next year than commonly understood – an event he warns would lead to President Obama's clear reelection.
Gregg, the former senator and governor of the Granite State, says the muddled GOP presidential field means it's more likely than ever there won't be a clear consensus candidate before the party's nominating convention in August of 2012. If that happens, says Gregg, Palin and her army of supporters might have the upper hand when it comes to settling on a presidential candidate.
(CNN) - A major national Tea Party organization is joining other conservative groups in calling for Republican lawmakers in Congress to vote against a three week extension to fund the federal government and prevent a government shutdown.
Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, a national Tea Party organization that's based in Tennessee, Monday urged his group's members to "call, fax, email and tweet to your congressman and to Speaker Boehner today. We can stop this, if we act!"
(CNN) – Americans' perceptions of the issue of global warming appear to be cooling.
In a Gallup Poll released Monday, 51 percent of respondents said they "worry a great deal or fair amount" about global warming, down from 66 percent in 2008.