Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration has formally asked a federal appeals court in Atlanta to rule in favor of the sweeping health care reform law.
The Justice Department filed its brief Sunday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit over a key provision of the law requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance or face severe financial penalties.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine is planning to announce he will run in 2012 for the Virginia U.S. Senate seat currently held by fellow Democrat Jim Webb, who is retiring, two senior Democratic sources told CNN on Sunday.
One source said Kaine's announcement will come in the next two weeks.
Washington (CNN) - Out and about this Sunday talk circuit, Republicans worried aloud about all things Libya, the prospects for a long-term standoff and the U.S. decision to put its forces in a supportive rather than a lead role:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) South Carolina, on CBS "Face the Nation"
“We're gonna have a stalemate if we don't change our strategy. The strategy should be to help the rebels help themselves, provide arms when it makes sense.”
Washington (CNN) - The United States still does not have enough information about rebel forces in Libya to arm them, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers told CNN on Sunday.
Rogers welcomed the defection of more members of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime, including Foreign Affairs Minister Moussa Koussa, who fled to Britain last week.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. John Cornyn said he will not vote to raise the debt ceiling unless it’s accompanied by systematic reforms to address long-term spending and the national debt.
“That's the price that's going to have to be paid, systemic reforms, in order to get Republican support for raising the debt ceiling, otherwise I think you are going to see Democrats having to do that all by themselves,” Cornyn said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Washington (CNN) - Top senators said Sunday that they believe Congress will reach a deal to avoid a government shutdown this week, but there was little consensus on two larger budget battles looming in coming months.
Negotiations on federal spending for the rest of the current fiscal year, which ends September 30, have agreed on a target figure for a compromise on cuts. Now the question is whether they can work out exactly what programs should get axed.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan said Sunday he will unveil a Republican budget for 2012 this week that proposes dramatic changes to Medicare, Medicaid and other political lightning rods.
The plan, to be released Tuesday, calls for a controversial overhaul of Medicare, the health care program for seniors, and would impose deep cuts in Medicaid, which provides health benefits to low-income Americans, Ryan told "Fox News Sunday."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Former Obama National Security Adviser Jim Jones said the international coalition in Libya cannot leave the country until Moammar Gadhafi is out of power.
Jones said the problem now is how to transition from the humanitarian mission currently underway to preventing the African leader from staying in power.
(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: The latest in Libya, the fight to keep the government funded, and the re-election launch of President Obama.
Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our interview with former National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones (Ret.) today at 9am/12pm ET.