Capitol Hill (CNN) - Where are members of Congress in week two of recess? Working more on their jobs resume. A sampling from Monday: Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, signed up for the classic tour of a manufacturing plant, Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-New Jersey, checked in with a local economic group (bonus points that the group has "Main Street" in its name) and Sen. Kay Hagan, D-North Carolina, tweeted from a hope-inducing announcement of a multimillion research/technology project.
Congress is certainly talking jobs and standing near jobs. But what are lawmakers doing about them?
In this week's American Sauce, we dig into issue number one. No, not the royal wedding. We look at: 1. What exactly could Congress be doing, right now, about jobs? and 2. What has this Congress done? What have lawmakers even proposed?
Listen to our show, devoted to substance over soundbites (with good music and a little snark) here. And comment below.
Washington (CNN) - The private law firm hired by House Speaker John Boehner to represent the government in the federal Defense of Marriage Act has suddenly pulled out of the case.
The chairman of King & Spalding said Monday the firm's internal vetting for accepting representation was "inadequate."
(CNN) - Donald Trump – who has a habit of picking personal fights with anyone who publicly challenges him – is now targeting legendary actor Robert De Niro, whom Trump says is "not the brightest bulb on the planet."
"I like his acting, but in terms of when I watch him doing interviews and various other things, we're not dealing with Albert Einstein," Trump said on Fox News Monday.
Washington (CNN) - As May 1 approaches, several Republicans are flat out up against their own self-imposed deadlines for when they will make a decision about a presidential bid.
Here's the breakdown, in order of most-to-least concrete timetables the candidates have provided:
Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court, as expected, has refused to jump into the controversial national debate over health care reform at this stage, rejecting a plea from Virginia for a judicial end-around - an expedited review over whether the sweeping federal law is constitutional.
The justices without comment on Monday declined the state's "petition for certiorari before judgment."
(CNN) – Mitch Daniels is nearing his self-imposed timetable for making a decision about a presidential run, but the Indiana governor says his thought process on the issue remains 'muddled.'
Yet Daniels - the former Bush budget director whose cause célèbre was deficit reduction before deficit reduction was cool – added that if he does pull trigger he will get serious in a hurry.
Washington (CNN) - A leading Senate conservative said Sunday he can accept tax reform that increases overall tax revenue as part of a comprehensive deficit reduction plan.
Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma told the NBC program "Meet the Press" that if lowering tax rates and eliminating loopholes and deductions ended up bringing in more money to the U.S. government, "that would be fine with me."
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CNN: McCain: Perils in Libya include al Qaeda
Republican Sen. John McCain warned of a stalemate in Libya that could lead to al Qaeda filling a leadership void in the African country. “If you have a stalemate, I think it's very possible that Al Qaeda could come in and take advantage of a stalemate situation,” McCain said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But right now it's not al Qaeda that motivated this and it's not al Qaeda that's running it.”
CNN: Graham: 'Cut the head of the snake off' in Libya
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has a recommendation to NATO and the Obama administration when it comes to their involvement in Libya: bomb Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's inner circle and remove him from power. "Go to Tripoli, start bombing Gadhafi's inner circle, their compounds, their military headquarters in Tripoli," Graham said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think the focus should now be to cut the head of the snake off. That's the quickest way to end this."