(CNN) – While the presidential waiting game continues, potential and declared 2012 GOP candidates are off on various travels this week, mostly in presidential-contest states.
- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: Washington, D.C.: The Christian Science Monitor Breakfast
- Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman: Durham, New Hampshire: House Party; Kennebunkport, Maine: Lunch with former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush
- Texas Rep. Ron Paul: Ankeny, Iowa: Appearance
- Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: Des Moines, Iowa: Formally enters the presidential race
Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich would not say on Sunday what he purchased at Tiffany & Co. jewelry store to rack up a $250,000-$500,000 credit because "It's my private life."
The former House Speaker said he works very hard and is allowed to choose how he spends his money.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Sunday that any controversy over his remarks last week that Israel-Palestinian negotiations should start from pre-1967 borders and include land swaps was "not based in substance."
In his first speech as president to the main American-Israeli advocacy group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Obama sought to reassure the vital U.S. Jewish lobby of his administration's commitment to Israel's security while also making clear his desire to kick-start the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at a time when the entire Middle East landscape is changing amid the so-called Arab Spring demonstrations.
Washington (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, a member of the bipartisan so-called "gang of six," said the group reached a deal before Republican Sen. Tom Coburn dropped out Tuesday.
"We were ready to announce as far as I was concerned and then Sen. Coburn said no I'm not part of this and walked away," Durbin said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "The question now is whether senators on both sides of the aisle, Democrat and Republican will step up and say don't stop. We need to do this together, we need to sacrifice and make concessions on both sides if we're ever going to solve this national problem."
Washington (CNN) – One word can say a lot, as Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell showed Sunday.
In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," McConnell reiterated previous Republican opposition to higher taxes but changed one word by specifying that he and the GOP are against higher tax "rates."
(CNN) – Given the chance, the United States would go after high-value terrorism targets in Pakistan or elsewhere in the same way it took out Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama made clear in an interview with the BBC broadcast Sunday.
"We are very respectful of the sovereignty of Pakistan, but we cannot allow someone who is actively planning to kill our people or our our allies' people, we can't allow those kind of active plans to come to fruition without us taking some action," Obama said in the interview conducted last week. "And our hope is and our expectation is that we can achieve that in a way that is fully respectful of Pakistan's sovereignty. But I had made no secret. I had said this when I was running for the presidency, that if I had a clear shot at Bin Laden ... that we'd take it."
(CNN) - CNN's very own John King caught David Ortiz's 300th homerun for the Red Sox at Fenway Park Saturday.
The Massachusetts native and anchor of CNN's "John King, USA" said he "trapped it," but either way, he ended up with the ball.
(CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a former top aide to George W. Bush, ended his very public flirtation with running for president early Sunday with an e-mail to supporters that narrowed the field of plausible 2012 Republican challengers to President Barack Obama.
"The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate," Daniels said in the message distributed through the Indiana Republican Party.
(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: A preview of President Obama's speech to AIPAC, the latest on the Middle East peace process, and Mitch Daniels passes on a presidential run.
Check out what we're reading, and watch the show at 9am/12pm ET with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Israel's Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren.