(CNN) - On his first campaign stop since U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama told some 750 supporters at a fundraiser in Austin, Texas, that bin Laden is no longer a threat.
"Because of the extraordinary bravery of the men and women who wear this nation's uniform and the outstanding work of our intelligence agencies, Osama bin Laden will never again threaten the United States of America," he said.
(CNN) - Republican Indiana governor and potential 2012 presidential candidate Mitch Daniels signed a bill Tuesday that will cut off significant amounts of federal funds given to his state’s chapter of Planned Parenthood, a move the group fought by filing for a temporary restraining order and injunction with the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.
The bill, which passed both houses of the state legislature by large margins, imposes some of the nation’s toughest restrictions on abortions, cutting off about $3 million in public funds received for female preventive health services, including birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings and other tests in the Hoosier state.
Washington (CNN) – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the importance of the so-called "Gang of Six" bipartisan talks, saying he does not believe the group of senators will come up with a deficit reduction plan to pair with increasing the debt ceiling.
"With all due respect to the Gang of Six, or any other bipartisan discussions going on this issue, the discussions that can lead to a result between now and August are the talks being led by Vice President Biden," said McConnell, of Kentucky.
Washington (CNN) – Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, as well as those in the equivalent House committees, will be allowed to view the photographs taken of Osama bin Laden after he was killed, a U.S. official told CNN Tuesday.
The viewings will take place at CIA headquarters in northern Virginia at a time to be decided, the official said.
Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden held another round of high-stakes budget talks with top congressional negotiators Tuesday - one day after House Republicans demanded trillions of dollars in new spending cuts as their price for agreeing to raise the federal debt ceiling and avoid a potential economic catastrophe.
Biden and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner met with, among others, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia; Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii; Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana; and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, a top member of the Finance Committee.
Washington (CNN) - The GOP senator in charge of electing Republicans to the Senate in 2012 tells CNN he is advising fellow Republicans to vote against raising the debt ceiling without major entitlement reforms, in addition to spending cuts.
"My advice to any of my colleagues who will listen is that we should vote against it and let those people who vote for it explain why it was they couldn't stop the spending spree and raise the limit on our maxed out credit card," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Washington (CNN) - After another round of budget talks with Hill leaders Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden had this exchange with a reporter (picture above):
Question: "Bin Laden's sons say the killing was illegal, what do you say?"
Biden sarcastically: "You're kidding?"
Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats will open debate Wednesday on a controversial bill to eliminate several tax subsidies for the five largest oil companies and use the savings to reduce the deficit. While the measure is unlikely to make it through the divided Congress to become law, Democrats hope to score politically with voters frustrated by a confluence of deep budget cuts in Washington, sky-high prices at the gas pumps, and staggering profits on the oil giants' bottom lines.
The debate starts a day before chief executive officers from those five largest companies – ExxonMobil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, BP and Chevron – are to testify on the merits of those tax breaks.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama renewed his call for comprehensive immigration reform Tuesday, citing America's legacy as a nation of immigrants and calling for the need to find a solution for the millions of undocumented workers critical to the country's common future.
"We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants - a nation that welcomes those willing to embrace America's precepts," Obama said during a visit to El Paso, Texas.