Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed doubt in the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan Thursday, saying, "I'm not confident it's going to work."
In an interview that aired Thursday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," the five-term Nevada senator said, "The president has indicated as commander-in-chief he is going to start drawing down the forces this summer."
Reid also noted the $100 billion the country is spending, calling it a "huge amount of money" that the nation "cannot continue to keep dumping" into the Afghanistan war.
Sharing his respect for Gen. David Petraeus, commander of coalition forces, Reid said, "I've talked to General Petraeus...and he thinks things are going well."
"I hope it's going well," he continued. "But the American people have a ... very short attention span."
(CNN)-In a display of trans-continental cooperation, President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy declare in a co-written op-ed, “It is impossible to imagine a future for Libya with Gadhafi in power.”
“The United States, France, and Britain have been united from the start in responding to the crisis in Libya and we are united on what needs to happen to end it,” they say in the article, set to appear Friday in the International Herald Tribune - the international edition of the New York Times –and also the French daily Le Figaro and British daily the Times of London.
Washington (CNN)–The Senate on Thursday passed the budget deal worked out last week to keep the government funded for the rest of the fiscal year while cutting $38.5 billion.
The measure, which the House passed earlier in the day, now goes to President Barack Obama’s desk to be signed.
(CNN) - A Wisconsin judge on Thursday dismissed one of three lawsuits challenging the state's controversial collective bargaining law.
Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi dismissed the suit filed by Dane County and two officials, County Executive Kathleen Falk and County Board Chair Scott McDonell, saying the county lacks legal standing to assert constitutional claims against the state.
Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin is joining the ranks of potential 2012 candidates attending Tea Party sponsored Tax Day rallies.
The former Alaska governor will attend a rally in Madison, Wisconsin Saturday sponsored by the Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity, a spokesman for her political action committee confirmed to CNN.
Washington (CNN)– Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz stood by her comments that Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal is a "death trap for seniors" in a CNN interview Thursday.
The incoming head of the Democratic National Committee reasoned that dramatic cuts in state funding within the GOP proposal would put seniors living in nursing homes under Medicare at risk.
All told, these Democratic third-party groups aim to raise up to $200 million in outside money - that's in addition to the $1 billion Obama's fundraisers set as their campaign goal. The number and size of the independent expenditure groups ballooned last year, thanks in part a Supreme Court ruling that allows unlimited contributions by corporations.
Washington (CNN) - A rider in the budget bill to keep the federal government in operation has triggered fury among some wildlife groups because it would remove certain wolves from the endangered species list.
The attachment affects gray wolf populations in Montana and Idaho.
"Right now, Montana's wolf population is out of balance and this provision will get us back on the responsible path with state management," Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, said in a written statement. He said he wrote the language together with Republican Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho.
Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday funding the federal government for the remainder the current fiscal year and cutting $38.5 billion in spending.
The bill is also expected to be cleared by the Senate on Thursday and then signed into law by President Barack Obama.
Washington (CNN) - Add Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, to the list of those pushing for Trump 2012.
"Oh, do I wish he would get the nomination," Reid told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview set to air Thursday. "Donald Trump running for president of the United States? I mean, I like the man just fine. But he's not presidential caliber."