Washington (CNN)– As the NATO mission in Libya progressively moves forward, Sen. Lindsey Graham posed the pivotal question of the day, "Can American forces fly under the NATO banner, or has President Obama taken that off the table?"
Under the current situation, at some point U.S. unit commanders would be reporting to NATO leaders who would not necessarily include high-ranking American officers. However, individual American servicemembers like pilots, Marines and soldiers would get orders from their own American unit commanders.
Washington (CNN) –- Vice President Joe Biden announced late Wednesday that House and Senate bipartisan negotiators had agreed to a spending-cut target of $73 billion in 2011 budget talks aimed at heading off a government shutdown before next week, when a temporary bill keeping the government operating runs out.
Congress has been passing a series of short term spending resolutions since October 1, when the 2011 fiscal year began.
Washington (CNN) - Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gave his view of the 2012 presidential campaign field by saying, “I would recommend letting these people run around the track for a while, see how they do.”
In an interview that aired Wednesday on CNN’s “John King, USA” Rumsfeld wouldn’t divulge who out of the potential candidates would garner his support, but he mused about the pivotal moment in time for a presidential election.
Washington (CNN) - You can tell baseball season is just around the corner: Just listen to the House of Representatives debate education reform. During Wednesday's debate over restarting a school voucher program for District of Columbia residents, lawmakers quoted from the noted educators Leo Durocher, Yogi Berra, Satchel Paige (Twice!) and Casey Stengel.
The baseball greats were on the minds of members from both sides of the aisle.
Washington (CNN) - Democratic and Republican negotiators are moving closer to a tentative agreement on how much spending to slash from the budget and have begun drawing up a list of specific cuts, according to sources familiar with the talks.
Sources from both parties–who would not speak on the record about the closed-door talks–emphasized the numbers were not set in stone and could change as negotiators hammer out details of which programs and agencies to cut and whether a number of controversial policy provisions are included in the agreement.
Washington (CNN) - Citing a fresh CNN poll, the most powerful man in the Senate made some bold declarations about the Tea Party Wednesday: that the "country doesn't care much about the Tea Party," and that the Republican Party should not shackle itself to the conservative movement's demands regarding cuts to the federal budget.
House Speaker John Boehner is "getting a lot of pressure from the Tea Party folks," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said from the Senate floor.
(CNN)–Wisconsin Democrats aren't pulling any punches, or punchlines, when it comes to recent comments made by freshman GOP Rep. Sean Duffy. Last week the congressman told a constituent that, although the annual salary for congressional members is $174,000, "I struggle to meet my bills right now."
In a town hall meeting last week, Duffy told constituents he was no stranger to their struggles though he receives a six-figure salary as a member of congress. When questioned about how much members of the U.S. House and Senate make, and whether he'd vote to receive a pay cut to battle the deficit, Duffy said "I guarantee most of you, I have more debt than all of you. With six kids, I still pay off my student loans. I still pay my mortgage. I drive a used minivan. If you think I'm living high off the hog, I've got one paycheck."
But Wednesday the Democratic Party of Wisconsin posted a flyer on their website advertising a food and clothing drive for "Poor Sean Duffy." Except the drive is billed as being sponsored by the Polk County Republicans, and the drive date? A telling April 1, 2011.
Washington (CNN) – President Obama won't have a lock on the youth vote in 2012 ... or so claims one of his potential Republican challengers.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told Vanderbilt University's student newspaper last week that his nascent campaign has been reaching out to young voters in all the right ways, like announcing his presidential exploratory committee on Facebook and appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama talked energy policy Wednesday on the campus of Georgetown University, repeating his view that “there are no quick fixes” when it comes to high fuel prices – taking direct aim at the Republican “drill, baby, drill” mantra from the 2008 campaign.
"Because it was the height of political season, you had all kinds of slogans, and gimmicks, and outraged politicians – they were waving their three point plans for $2 per gallon gas. You remember that – ‘Drill, baby, drill’ – and we were going through all that,” Obama said as many in the audience laughed.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama outlined a plan Wednesday to cut America's imports of foreign oil by a third by 2025 - a response to growing global energy demands and instability overseas.
The president's proposal relies primarily on increased domestic production, conservation, and a shift to biofuels and natural gas.